18th April 2015

'Bob Chilcott Come and Sing Day'  

 After at least 18 months of planning and organising, by choir member Julie Miller, the much anticipated Come and Sing Day with choral composer Bob Chilcott arrived….And what a FANTASTIC day it was too. The day was a fundraising event for Cransley Hospice. Over 200 people arrived to enjoy the day of singing. They were greeted by members of Seagrave Singers choir and directed to their appropriate seats. Throughout the day tea/coffee/cold drinks and biscuits were available. The ladies of the Seagrave Singers made cakes and these were sold at 30p a slice to further boost the funds for Cransley Hospice. Attendees were also asked to donate a tin for the local foodbank of St Judes.

 The singing experience was brilliant. Bob Chilcott did a wonderful job teaching and conducting five pieces of his music, some of which was new to some of the participants. Although learning the songs was intense, “Bob” interspersed each piece with amusing anecdotes about writing the music, and why he did it. The pieces were "Like a Singing Bird", "And So It Goes" (choral arrangement of Billy Joel’s song) ,"Bethlehem Star" (dedicated to Alan Greaves a church organist who was attacked returning home after celebrating Midnight Mass ~ and who died several days later), "My Hearts Friend" (from Sun, Moon, Stars) and "The Abolition of Slavery" (from Five Days That Changed the World). "Five Days That Changed the World" was written in collaboration with the poet Charles Bennett, and as a bonus to the day Charles Bennett was also present.

As well as our own accompanist, Stewart Hayday, Jay Brown (previous Seagrave Singer accompanist) and volunteer Adam Parrish were honoured to play the piano during the day.

A big thank you goes to everyone who attended, and those volunteers who gave up their time to help in any way.

"Been to many workshops - this was probably the best!! Organisation, welcome and friendliness, brilliant ~ also Bob C!!!"

"I've had a ball. Great fun being challenged so skillfully and gently."

"Excellent! Wonderfully organised. Such a good day. Worth the trip from London."

"Thank you so much for a wonderful day. I'm exhausted, but happily so!"

 Just some of the many comments received from participants.

At the end of the day the event raised approximately £3,000 for Cransley Hospice. The final figure will be reported as soon as it is known.

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