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August is drawing to a close and it’s time to get back in the vocal saddle soon!

Posted by on August 29, 2013

I’ve got some great memories of a really good summer with lovely weather and some splendid singing events.

Tenbury Library Choir is in its second year and performed an excellent concert at Tenbury Wells Parish Church on June 1st. We invited the mayor of Tenbury and he very kindly wrote a lovely letter to the local paper saying how much he and his family enjoyed the evening. We scattered the songs with poems read by choir members and had two excellent young soloists. We raised £250 for each of our chosen charities, St Michael’s Hospice and Friends of Tenbury Hospital. Choir members organised wine and nibbles included in the ticket price. The church has good acoustics and the choir sang so well.

We had our end of term get together on a wet day in Kim and Rob Hurst’s barn, once again, with sumptuous food and the usual riotous good humour and songs.

We are performing a concert at Tenbury Methodist Church on Saturday November 30th.

Ludlow Larks performed two really wonderful concerts, one on June 15th at Abdon Church and our annual summer concert in July at Ludlow Methodist Church. Many thanks to all who sang and came to listen.

Abdon Church was beautifully decorated with flowers and local folk supplied the most interval food I’ve ever seen and it was delicious. We also had poems read by five choir members, chosen by the choir on the theme of “thankfulness”. Many thanks to Judith who chose the poems and organised the readers. The church was packed and they loved us! We’ve been invited back in autumn 2014 and the organisers said it was the best night they had ever had there!

A few weeks later we repeated the repertoire in Ludlow and the choir have never sounded better. We were joined once again by poet Gill McEvoy and the Men From Off from Bishop’s Castle. They are a resident fixture at our summer concert and have following in Ludlow now! We raised over £800 towards our charity for this year, The Mahaque Well Fund in Mozambique and we are all thrilled that work has started on sinking the borehole to provide the village with fresh water. Many thanks to The Methodist Church, Gill and the Men from Off, and of course, to Larks who really worked hard on the songs this year.

TLC and Larks had their first joint sing when a few members from each choir pitched up to sing at the Lower Corve St Street party. Unfortunately, by the time we were due to sing, a bitter wind had driven the revellers home or into the Unicorn pub so we followed them into the pub for a sort of impromptu flash mob! A good time was had by all!

At the end of June, the weather picked up, at last, and Lark, Rachel, a volunteer warden of Flounders Folly on Wenlock Edge, invited Larks to picnic up there on one of their open days. A few of us made it on a wonderful clear bright day and were rewarded with panoramic views of South Shropshire. It was my new corgi puppy’s first proper walk and she loved it!

Our end of term party was held in Ailsa’s magical little garden in Leintwardine. There was so much food, we forgot to sing! Or maybe we were all sung out!

Once again, a gathering of Larks will be staying at the Woodlands, Glasbury, near Hay on Wye for our October weekend away. Last year we sang in some beautiful churches and tried in vain to discover an echo in the echo field next to Colva Church! We also walked round Ireland !! (In the Radnor Hills). It was a great weekend.

The second annual Singing picnic at Winstanstow took place in July, organised by Mary Keith who runs choirs in North Shropshire. It was a blistering hot day, the shared food almost broke the trestle tables and we sang some lovely songs, both in the village hall and outside in the field. Lots of different community choir members were there including some members of TLC and Larks.

The last weekend of July was the 14th annual Singing Camp at Oak Barn. Despite hobbling around with a damaged knee, it was one of the most enjoyable singing camps I’ve ever had at Oak Barn, with singing workshops led by Carol Prior, Sue Harris, Mark Thomas, Ros Thomas and me, all members of the Natural Voice network. Rain prevented us from having our usual Saturday night bonfire so we crammed into Oak Barn for a good sing. Wherever you get a group of singers together there is an instant party!

Ludlow New Voices, co taught by myself and Ros Crouch, is becoming a really good little choir. They performed a concert at the end of June in the Methodist Church, with some excellent instrumental solos too. They are a small choir but are developing, vocally, all the time. They meet at the Ludlow Maskell Centre on Tuesday evenings 5.15 till 6.45. Do tell anyone between 8 and 16 that you know!


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