Lahnstein May 2017

 The Seagrave Singers went on tour to Lahnstein, Germany ... more information coming soon!

 

 

17th December 2016

Having warmed our vocal chords the previous evening, the choir were back in full voice, singing at Kettering ASDA. The choir used this occasion to collect money on behalf of their chosen charity. This year the charity is Kettering Samaritans. In a very relaxed and happy atmosphere the choir sang from their Christmas repertoire for the enjoyment of shoppers.    Asda350

 

16th December 2016

Cottingham Hats350   This evening the choir sang a Cottingham/Middleton Village Hall. The choir often has a summer concert at this venue, but this year it was thought that the choir should add to the village seasonal festivities. There was a warm welcome from the audience and also warming mulled wine and mince pies. The programme contained many traditional carols, Christmas songs and of course audience participation. Adding to the fun of the evening were duets, "carol-singers", readings and a very amusing version of "The 12 days of Christmas".

"The choir was EXTREMELY professional. It was a VERY enjoyble evening." Shirley Harris, Uppingham

 

2nd December 2016

The venue of St Mary's Church, Burton Latimer, was the first of the Seagrave Singers Christmas Concerts for 2016. The choir sang a range of traditional carols and Christmas Songs to a full church. There were readings throughout the evening, some serious, some witty. Several choir members sang solo's. And a young violinist, Henry Grant, delighted the audience with a beautiful instumental rendition of "The Snowman Suite". The evening was a fundraiser for the choir's chosen charity "The Samaritans" (Kettering Branch) and a representative gave a short talk on the work of the charity.

   Concert

The evening was a great way to start the Christmas Season with such an appreciative audience. There were many favourable comments about the programme selection and singing. Our thanks to MD Sue Peel for devising such a thoughtful programme. Thanks also to our super accompanist Karen Carr. For two of our new members it was their first concert. Congratulations to them.

 

12th September 2016

 

The Seagrave Singers were proud to present a cheque for £2,000 to Teamwork, Kettering, This was the amount raised by the choir from their charity concerts during 2015/16. Steve Wharmby, Centre Manager, was pleased to accept the cheque on behalf of the charity, from Seagrave Singers charity co-ordinator Diane Batey. Not only did the choir raise funds for Teamwork but it also initiated and sponsored a Teamwork choir. They made their debut performance at the Seagrave Singers Summer Concert on 25th June 2016, at The United Reform Church, Kettering, and they were brilliant.

The Seagrave Singers are delighted that the Teamwork choir will continue to perform and wish them every success.

 

18th August 2016

Following the highly successful concert, "Sing", at the Masque Theatre, in June, Voices Aloud and The Seagrave Singers were proud to present a cheque for £1,089-84 to Kettering General Hospital Intensive Care Unit Charity. The concert was the idea of Hugie James, MD of Voices Aloud, and The Seagrave Singers were invited to participate in the concert. It was a wonderful evening for a wonderful cause.

 

 

18th July 2016 ~ Celebration of Lahnstein Tour

 

On a very hot and sticky evening the choir assembled in Kettering Council Chambers to perform in front of Kettering Mayor, Scott Edwards, and other dignitaries, including visitors from Lahnstein.

Once again Jonathon Reynolds compered the evening for the choir. Even though the evening was sweltering the choir sang with great enthusiasm to a most appreciative audience. 

The evening's programme concluded with "Lahnstein am Rhein" and the choir were joined by a very vocal audience. It was very rousing. The Kettering Mayor joked that Kettering would have to compose their own anthem!

The choir have been invited to sing in Lahnstein again and negotiations are already taking place to arrange a tour in 2017. 

" I had the pleasure to listen to your wonderful voices last Monday at the Mayor's with the Lahnstein gang. Your concert was awesome. A very good selection of songs. Also your solo and duet parts were stunning." Nick Vinzentz

 

 

13th July 2016 ~ Woodford

 

The penultimate concert of the season proved to be yet another wonderful evening of song from the Seagrave Singers and soloists from the choir.

Mary Proctor, daughter of choir member Kate, sang her first public solo when she joined the choir as they sang the "Les Miserables Medley".

The venue of the concert was St Mary The Virgin Church, Woodford. This is the second year the choir have sang there during the Woodford Feast and Flower Festival. The vicar commented after the event that the choir radiated joy and happiness.

A big thank you goes to ALL who were involved making the event so successful. Particular thanks must be given to MD Sue Peel for ensuring that the choir has a broad repertoire, and for raising the standard to such a high level. A special thanks to Barrie Armsden for taking the photographs! Not forgetting Linda whose quick thinking provided extra lighting as the night drew in.

 

  

25th June 2016 ~ Charity Concert at United Reform Church, Kettering

 A busy week-end for the choir. Following the success of the previous evening the choir hoped that this concert would also be to their high standard......and it was!

Since 2009 the Seagrave Singers have been under the direction of Sue Peel. With her enthusiasm and inspiration the choir's repertoire has increased and broadened to encompass many musical genres. As the choir has improved the musical arrangements have become more challenging, and the choir has risen to this. 

In September 2015 the choir was joined by a new accompanist, Karen Carr. She quickly become part of the team, and has a great sense of fun. She must be congratulated on her finger gymnastics during the evening.

This evening's show was made up of show tunes, gospel music and film music. 

Once again the event was compered by Jonathon Reynolds and again he sang with the choir and performed solo piecesHis duets with Sue Peel were beautifully sung and the choice of music from "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Spamalot" brought an element of pathos and humour to the show. It was a revelation to choir members when they watched Sue Peel throw herself into "musical theatre mode"......and the audience enjoyed it too. 

The audience at the United Reform Church, Kettering relished the whole evening. One regular attendee said it was the best Seagrave Singers concert he had seen, and he particularly liked the new-look "Les Miserables Medley". 

The concert was BSL Sign Interpreted by Krista Norris.

"The Show-Stopping Songs for the Summer" was in aid of, and included a choir from, Teamwork. The Teamwork Trust is a local charity working to provide vulnerable adults with work, social councelling and educational programmes. As part of the Seagrave Singers involvement a small choir was formed. Choir member Diane Batey liased with the trust and under the direction of Andrew Phillips the choir made their debut performance...to rapturous applause.

 "Thank you so much for letting Teamwork Trust have this wonderful experience. An opportunity to boost both confidence and self esteem. A night we will not forget, thank you everyone."

24th June 2016 ~ Grafton Underwood

    

On a warm sunny evening the Seagrave Singers gathered to sing in St James The Apostle Church, Grafton Underwood. It is a beautiful church and a joy to sing in because of the fantastic acoustics.

The programme consisted of many show tunes, gospel music and film music. 

The choir were lucky to be joined by Jonathon Reynolds. He sang with the choir as well as performing solo pieces and duets with MD Sue Peel. 

The audience were very appreciative and one lady was heard to say it was the best money she had spent!"

I could tell from the audience's enthusiasm how much they enjoyed the evening" ~ Graham Bell, Event Organiser

 

11th June 2016 ~ Pipewell

 Another day....another concert. From the purpose built Masque Theatre to the smallest church in Northamptonshire, The Abbey Church of St Mary at Pipewell.

The choir were invited to provide entertainment for the villagers in their celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday.  It was a lovely occasion. The audience were most appreciative of choir's programme, which were mostly songs from musical theatre, with a special request for the Les Miserables medley the choir sing. Included in the afternoon event, were solo's and duets from choir members. 

Aftrnoon tea was provided outside during the interval. Even the sun shone! 

"A great big thank you to all the wonderful ladies that entertained us so well on Saturday in Pipewell. Fabulous songs, fabulous choir, lovely people."  Colin Sprikett ~ event organiser

  

 10th June 2016 ~ The Masque Theatre, Kettering

What a fabulous evening for a wonderful cause.......raising funds for Kettering General Intensive Care Unit, at The Masque Theatre, Kettering.

The audience, including the Kettering Mayor, were treated to the sensational Voices Aloud singing songs from their varied repertoire which  included solo's and party pieces.  

The Seagrave Singers provided songs from film and musicals, as well as gospel music all to their usual high standard.

 

The show was the idea of Hugie James, Musical Director of Voices Aloud, and The Seagrave Singers would like to thank him for inviting them to be participate in the event.

A grand total of £1,089 - 84 was raised, a great achievement. Well done to everyone involved.

 

22nd May 2016      .

 

    

 

 On Sunday The Seagrave Singers were happy to participate in the Northampton Festival of the Performing Arts at Northampton High School.

In the Ladies Choir Class the ladies sang "Like A Rainbow" by Bob Chilcott, "My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land" by Elgar and "Winter Fire and Snow" adapted by Brendan Graham, from the poem "Fire and Snow and Carnevale" by Macdara Woods. In this class the choir were awarded "Outstanding", and were praised for their richness of tone.

 

In the Open Choirs Class the ladies were awarded "Very Good". The repertoire for this section was a complete contrast to the previous class. The section began with a gospel celebration "Saints Go Marchin'" arranged by Mark Brymer, this was followed by "Skyfall" by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, then "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" a spiritiual song arranged by Alan Simmonds and finally, a favourite of the choir, "Bethlehem" from the show Martin Guerre. The adjudicator, Andrea Calladine commented that Skyfall had real atmosphere.

Congratulations to the other choirs who participated. It was a good evening of singing!

 
   

 

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