27th June 2019

"Miss Read Remembered" with Rothwell Junior School

Rothwell Methodist Church

This concert was a Memorial Concert for Margaret Read, a long time choir member of the Seagrave Singers, and previously the Cavendish Singers.

The concert was held in Rothwell Methodist Church, where Margaret had been an active member. It was a beautiful, warm evening.

 

We arrived in good time to mark our positions on the stage. We made a rousing start with "The Greatest Show", to a capacity audience....some people had to stand at the back. We followed this more quietly with "The Bavarian Yodelling Song" and a new favourite of ours, "The Seal Lullaby". The schoolchildren took to the stage next and were charming, and sang beautifully. To end the first half we performed our "Disney Medley", and it was greatly appreciated, particularly by the children, who knew all the songs. After a short interval we came back with "Mamma Mia" another medley. This was well received by the adults! We closed our programme with Margaret's favourite "The Lord Bless You and Keep You".....and the alto's managed to sing it without crying! The schoolchildren performed again, then both choirs combined to sing an encore, "Lets Go Fly A Kite". 

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Margaret's sister, Janet, thanked us all, particularly Sandra who organised the concert, Jonathan our MD, and Gill our accompanist. The good attendance and warm reception we received bear witness to the fondness and high regard which we all hold Margaret. 

The event raised £367 for Rothwell Methodist Church, from a leaving collection after the concert. Thank you to everyone who donated.

Deborah 

Contributed by Deborah Reed

Top Sop

 

25th May 2019

Lunchtime recital at St Mary the Virgin Church, Higham Ferrers

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We had our first concert of 2019 in the lovely church of St Mary's in Higham Ferrers. This coincided with the monthly farmers market. Shoppers came in to listen to us singing many songs, from different shows. It was lovely to see the church so full. We sang from 11.30 am until 12.30 pm. 

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Contributed by Liz Beeby

Top Sop

 

22nd December 2018

  Wedding 

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On a cold but sunny afternoon, just before Christmas, the choir, along with Jonathan, gathered in The Orangery at Barton Hall. We had been asked to sing at a wedding!

The guests duly made their way in, followed by the groom and best man, looking extremely elegant. Then the moment everyone was waiting for arrived. A white limousine delivered the bride and bridesmaids to the door, and they entered the Orangery. The bride looked stunning! The guests, in high spirits, joined in with our singing, as requested by the bride, and were very appreciative with shouts and applause. When asked if anyone knew of any just cause why the couple should not be joined together, a baby caused uproar by choosing that moment to cry out. As the couple prepared to leave, one of our newer members, Sarah, led everyone in "All I Want For Christmas is You" and earned herself a big cheer. 

The choir continuted to sing Christmas songs whilst the photographs were being taken, even though space was at a premium. However, in true Seagrave Singers style, we soldiered on.

All in all it was a lovely occasion (if a little chilly) and hopefully we helped to make the day a memorable one for the happy couple. 

DebbieHarvey 

Contributed by Deborah Harvey

Top Sop 

 

15th December 2018

Singing at Asda

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Once again, choir member Kay arranged for the choir to sing Christmas Carols in  the Kettering ASDA store. This we did over the lunchtime period, greeting customers who were in the middle of their pre-Christmas shopping. Family members of new choir recruit Carol were among the shoppers, and it was lovely to see their smiling, happy faces.

We dressed in Christmas jumpers and choir fleeces, so we would be warm standing near the door. To add to the fun we also wore an array of jolly Christmas hats (some lit). Jonathan lead the choir and Gill played the keyboard. This year our bucket collection was for the Kettering-based charity "Johnny's Happy Place". It was a delight to be supporting a local cause. 

We sang from a handbook, organised by choir member Steph, as well as singing Christmas songs from our repertoire. The shoppers particularly liked our version of Frosty the Snowman!!

During our break we were supplied with hot drinks and biscuits by ASDA, so we were suitably refreshed for the second half. 

Performing here certainly got the choir into the Christmas spirit.....and hopefully the shoppers too.

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Contributed by Pauline L M Youngs 

An elf! (normally a top sop!)

 

 

11th December 2018

A concert for Sywell WI

   

On a cold but sunny afternoon, just before Christmas, the choir, along with Jonathan

Following an invitation, on Tuesday evening the choir sang at the Christmas party of the Sywell Womens Institute. We were engaged  to entertain the ladies following their evening meal. 

We had been asked to join them for the meal and many of the choir members joined them before we gave our performance. It was a lovely meal, and for choir members who chose not to eat "supper" there were Christmas nibbles to enjoy.

We sang a mixture of songs and carols from our Christmas programme and they were well received. Communal singing of carols chosen by the WI members followed this. 

It was a lovely relaxed evening and we received many compliments as we left the ladies to continue with their partying!

Contributed by Jan Lewis

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 7th December 2018

 "Christmas Celebration"  

 What a start to our Christmas concerts.

After a quick warm up of voices, we entered the church to find a welcoming audience, and blasted our first carol "This Little Babe", by Benjamin Britten. It was a real tongue twister and over in 80 secs. We were off....

Nerves settled, Jonathan smiling, and a great intro from our entertaining and relaxed compare, Simon Lindley, we offered a varied programme. This included readings, duets, quartets. sextets and a couple of "audience participation" carols.

The choir sang traditional carols, some light hearted fun numbers, including a radio favourite, "Fairytale of New York" originally by the Pogues back in the 80's. We were also delighted to present "Away In a Manger" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", both new arrangements written by none other than our MD.

Our chosen charity, Johnny's Happy Place, sold raffle tickets and the many prizes on offer hopefully raised a significant amount of money.

During the interval refreshments and nibbles were available for all........the choir needed sustenance after all!!

And let's not forget our budding cameraman and helper Ronan who did an amazing job throughout the night. And of course, our brilliant pianist, Jill.

The evening all too soon over, all our rehearsing put to good use. We ventured home, tired, exhilarated, reflective.....and looking forward to our next concert. Roll on Tuesday evening and our concert for Sywell WI.

 

Maxine 

Contributed by Maxine Reynolds

Alto

 

 

 

23rd November 2018

 "A Poppy Concert" , Thrapston

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Tonight, in aid of the Royal British Legion, The Poppy Concert at The Plaza, Thrapston was extremely entertaining. There was joyous singing from the Seagrave Singers to and apprciative audience.

All the Seagrave Singers had been looking forward to the chance to perform for such an important cause and show our support. All the hard work paid off with a varied programme and some beautiful solos. 

"Lest we forget".

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Contibuted by Sam Farrow

Second Soprano

 

 

 

29th October 2018

New Buckenham, Norfolk 

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Early on Sunday morning the choir travelled by coach to New Buckenham in Norfolk for a joint concert with New Buckenham Silver Band.

It was a beautiful sunny day and we were able to enjoy the lovely Autumn colours of the Norfolk countryside as our driver negotiaited the sometimes narrow, country roads. We arrived in plenty of time to enjoy our packed lunch and a cup of tea prior to the afternoon concert.

The programme comprised of well known band marches, items from better known musicals, songs from the "Swing" era and a little Gershwin. The band and choir joined forces for a rendition of "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", arranged by Jonathan, our musical director. To end the concert the audience joined the choir and the band in a rousing "Hootnanny".

A good time was had by all!

 

 

 

Contributed by Anne Goddard

Second Soprano

 

14th September 2018

Grafton Underwood Church

 

In the pleasant setting of Grafton Underwood Church on a Friday evening we perfromed a varied programme in front of about eighty appreciative people. This was a return visit, and one audience member said it was the best concert he'd been to there.

Our programme included songs from the musicals, the  "Oliver Medley" being particularly well received,  there were spiritual songs, and choral pieces by the well known composers John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. There were five soloists and one reading.

The highlight of the evening, apart from our fine performance, was a free glass of wine for choir members! And a happy face from Jonathan after (most of) the songs. Gill, our accompanist, likewise performed very well.

Stephanie 

Contributed by Sephanie Bell, 

Top Sop

19th July 2018

Christ the King Church, Kettering

It was on a Thursday afternoon the choir went to sing at Christ the King Church, in Kettering, as part of "Holiday at Home". "Holiday at Home" is a week long event full of activities, talks and entertainment for people in the local community.

Around twenty members of the choir were able to attend, but we did miss those who had to work.... or were otherwise engaged. We sang a variety of songs, which seemed to go down very well with the audience, as well as Jonathan's dad!

Afterwards we were able to meet some of the audience and share refreshents with them. The cakes were especially appreciated!

A great vote of thanks needs to go to choir member Lesley for stepping in to accompany us so ably.

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Contributed by Christine Jolley

Top Soprano


14th July 2018

Kino Lounge as part of the KettFest Celebrations

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Standing in a colourful flash of bright pink we took our places to open this year's KettFest celebrations. The Kettering Town Cryer cheerfully (and loudly) announced our opening song, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". The weather was warm and no rainbows in sight, but the song was certainly received well by the by-standers who had stopped on their busy Saturday morning in Kettering.

The Seagrave Singers, being a four part ladies choir, meant there was a lot of good-humoured banter on the small area provided at the Kino Lounge. As the familiar notes soared through the air, we sang "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music" and shoppers stopped, to take the weight off their feet and listen to our tuneful melodies. Certainly we received an appreciative round of applause by those who had gathered to listen. While we sang the medley "Saint's Go Marchin'" there was much foot tapping and clapping from the public. 

When we had finished our "set" Jonathan, our Musical Director, decided there was time for an encore, and in a beautiful sea of pink and musical notes (scarves) we rose to the occasion! 

 

Contributed by Louise Willis 

Top Sop

 

 

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