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2016
Saturday, 17 DecemberTennyson Wharf Care Home Carol Concert
2017
Saturday, 4 MarchRAFA Wings Appeal Concert
Sunday, 30 AprilSt Johns, Bracebridge Heath Concert
Wednesday, 2 MayNorth Hykeham Blind Club Concert
Saturday, 27 MayTennyson Wharf Care Home Concert
Saturday, 10 JuneHartsholme House Concert
Saturday, 1 JulyEnd-of-Season Concert
Friday, 22 SeptemberSt Mary's, Horncastle Concert
Friday, 6 OctoberBunkers Hill Care Home Concert
Saturday, 11 NovemberPoppy Appeal Concert
Saturday, 9 DecemberHartsholme House Carol Concert


Please go to the 'Looking Back>Archive>Concerts' webpage for details of our earlier concerts.

Carol Concert
Tennison Wharf Care Home
Burton Waters
17 December 2016

The choir had sung in April 2015 at the official opening of the Tennyson Wharf Care Home. We were delighted, therefore, to be asked to return to the Burton Waters facility to end our concert programme for 2016 bringing yet more pleasure and social stimulation to folks in need.

Tennison Wharf Care Home

We sang the same programme of carols as we had at the two concerts on 10 December, the only change being that Will sang the solo 1st tenor parts. At the final rehearsal of the year to prepare for this concert, we found that none of the lights in our rehearsal venue was working. Rather than give up, we called on modern technology and managed to complete a meaningful practice by the light of mobile phones! This was an amusing precedent we set, but we hope it will not be repeated too often.

Carols by Phone Light!

From all the choir, we wish those reading our website a very enjoyable festive season and success and health in 2017.



RAFA Wings Appeal Concert, 4 March 2017

The choir were delighted to return once again to the lovely Methodist Church in North Hykeham to give their fourth concert in as many years in support of the RAF Association (Lincoln Branch) Wings Appeal.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Conscious that we were here only last November for the Poppy Appeal concert, the choir had been working on a lot of new/revised material that we had not sung in ages. The programme therefore had a very different look and sound to it with more focus on swing numbers. Heather, as usual, provided her excellent support and enabled the choir to give of their best

Heather ready for the off

There was also a new look to the choir. In rehearsals we had found that we sounded better and could hear each other better when we were in three rows with two abreast per voice group. We therefore had less width, greater depth and could hear each other with greater clarity. So we took this seating arrangement for the first time to a concert and it was a resounding success with many from the audience afterwards saying how marvellous a sound we made with each voice group clearly audible and in harmony with the others.

New Choir Formation

The new-look programme included one or two old favourites, but we also gave 'Lullaby of Birdland' its first public outing and we re-introduced songs and medleys not sung for several years. Steve was the voice soloist on this occasion

Steve's Solo

The full programme was:

The Real Undoing
Venus
A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
I Dreamed A Dream
Memory
Halleluja by Leonard Cohen (Steve's solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon

Interval

Lullaby of Birdland
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
When The Saints Go Marching In
Somebody's Calling My Name
What a Wonderful World
Just Jolson Medley
Rhythm of Life
Kings of Swing Medley

Immediately after the programme proper, Steve then called all on the audience to stand and join the choir in the singing of the Airman's Hymn. Mick Armiger, the Chairman of the Lincoln Branch of the RAF Association, then announced the raffle draw and finally declared that the evening had raised just short of £400. Much pleased with all our efforts everyone then retired to the hall for a well-earned supper

A Worthy Feast!

The whole evening had proved once again to be a huge success, both in terms of our support for this wonderful charity and also in terms of the successful development of the choir with its new seating plan and fresh selection of music. We are booked to return here again next year on 3 March.



St John's Church Bracebridge Heath Concert, 30 April 2017

The choir had not sung in this beautiful church for several years. We enjoyed the unusual experience of starting the concert mid-afternoon on a Sunday.

St John's Church, Bracebridge Heath

There were one or two differences in the choir's personnel for this concert. First, Heather was recovering from problems with her arms, so Ann Osborne deputised for her in her usual excellent and very supportive way.

Ann in Full Swing

Next, Crauford was otherwise engaged for this concert, so Heather deputised for him.

Heather Ready for the Off

Finally, this concert saw two firsts in that this was the first time we sang 'Lullaby of Broadway' in concert and this was the first time that recently-arrived 1st tenor Eric Farthing sang in a concert with the choir.

The concert programme continued our move to a mix of more traditional songs interspersed with 'Swing' numbers. Brian Cropley sang the voice solo in the first half.

The full programme was:

The Real Undoing
Venus
A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
I Dreamed A Dream
Lullaby of Broadway
Bless This House(Brian's solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon

Interval

Kings of Swing Medley
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
Somebody's Calling My Name
Rhythm of Life
Just Jolson Medley
What a Wonderful World
Lullaby of Birdland

Unusually, the concert organisers had arranged the raffle draw and light refresments during the interval causing the latter to be rather longer than normal. But we were all in fine voice for the second half, ably led and supported by Heather and Ann.



North Hykeham Blind Club Concert Concert, 2 May 2017

We returned once again to the delightful North Hykeham Methodist Church to give the Blind Club a 3rd concert.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Although we visit here twice a year for the Poppy Appeal and RAF Association Wings Appeal concerts, on this occasion the audience was very different. There were some 30 sight-impaired club members plus about 9 helpers all enjoying the stimulating effect of music.

Club Members

At our recent concert in Bracebridge Heath, we marked the first involvement of 1st Tenor Eric Farthing. Today marked the first involvement of recently-arrived Bass Steve Vaughan. Crauford was back with us, but Ann once again provided the wonderful accompaniment.

Ann at the Ready

In these 'Half Concerts' lasting about 45 minutes we do not have a solo voice number. Drawing on our new material alongside the more traditional items we sang:

Lullaby of Broadway
Blue Moon
A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
I Dreamed A Dream
Just Jolson Medley
Softly As I Leave You
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
Lullaby of Birdland

There is very little space in the room, so we usually have a 'reduced' choir of about 13, but one or two extra members turned up making it all a bit of a squash.

Quarts in Pint Pots

This did mean, though, that we had a very full and balanced choir that made wonderful music for the Club members. Afterwards, we had terrific feedback from the Club and will almost certainly be asked to return again next year.



Choir Concert
Tennison Wharf Care Home
Burton Waters
27 May 2017

Following the choir's very successful carol concert here last December, we returned to this beautiful care home in Burton Waters to bring yet more pleasure and social stimulation to folks in need.

Tennison Wharf Care Home

As usual when we sing at care homes, the concert was about a half of what we would normally do, a 'half set' as Crauford likes to call these concerts, or 'gigs' in his parlance.

In these reduced concerts that last about 45 minutes we do not have a solo voice number. Drawing on our new material alongside the more traditional items we sang:

A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Somebody's Calling My Name
Rhythm of Life
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
I Dreamed A Dream
Lullaby of Broadway
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland

With Heather still hors de combat, we were very grateful to Kathleen Burg for being our accompanist at this concert.

Each time we come here the audience is larger than before and this was no exception. Everyone really enjoyed the music we sang to them and they look forward to our carol concert next December.



Hartsholme House Concert, 10 June 2017

Following the success of our carol concert here last December, the choir returned to the Hartsholme House Care Home to offer the residents more musical entertainment and stimulation.

Hartsholme House Care Home

Having very recently completed a similar concert at the Tennyson Wharf Care Home in Burton Waters, it made sense for us to sing the same programme at this concert. Namely:

A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Somebody's Calling My Name
Rhythm of Life
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
I Dreamed A Dream
Lullaby of Broadway
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland

With Heather still hors de combat, we were very grateful on this occasion to Anne Osborne for being our accompanist.

As we have become used to at this venue, there was a lot of audience participation including whistling, helping with the conducting and joining in the choruses. It was all good fun and we look forward to returning here in December for the carol concert.



End-of-Season Concert
1 July 2017
All Saints Church, Monks Road, Lincoln

We made our annual pilgrimage to the beautiful and huge All Saints Church in Monks Road for our End-of-Season Concert. This is one of our main fund-raisers for choir funds and we were especially delighted to welcome Councillor Chris Burke MBA, recently appointed as the Mayor of Lincoln, having attended the concert two years previously when he was Deputy Mayor. He was accompanied by the Mayor's Consort, Councillor Sue Burke, and by the City Sheriff, Ms Jo Rimmer.

All saints Church, Monks Road, Lincoln

Having entered the church and paid at the door, the visitor is next greeted by Lorna (of whom more later) who invariably succeeds in selling at least £1-worth of raffle tickets.

Raffle Tickets??

We began the concert this year in a very different way. Having made sure we all knew where we would be sitting, we then proceeded to the rear of the church and re-assembled hopefully, but not necessarily successfully, in a mirror image of how we would be seated once back on the stage. We were now ready to make our grand entrance.

Ready For The Off

With a couple of starting notes from a distant piano, we launched into 'A Roving' without the comfort blanket of folders of sheet music. At a signal from Crauford, we then processed, more or less in pairs and more or less in the right order, all the while singing back down the church to return to our places on the stage.

Entry of the Gladiators!

Having arrived back on stage, we not only completed 'A Roving' without comfort blankets, but we then went on to sing 'My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose' also from memory.

Note the absence of folders!

For this concert we were delighted to have Heather back with us after having recovered from recent poor health. In her inimitable style, she provided wonderful accompaniment throughout the concert.

Welcome Back, Heather!

For the rest of the concert we reverted to using our music folders, which is just as well because there is only one other item we know by heart.

Comfort Blankets at Last!

During the first have, Julian sang a most beautiful solo piece, 'Con te partiṛ (Time To Say Goodbye) in Italian. It deservedly received a huge round of applause

Julian's Solo

The concert programme continued our theme this year of a mix of more traditional songs interspersed with 'Swing' numbers. In the first half we sang:

A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Somebody's Calling My Name
Lullaby of Broadway
I Dreamed A Dream
'Con te partiṛ (Time To Say Goodbye)(Julian's Solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland

After the interval and before we began the second half, Steve announced that today was the 92nd birthday of Lorna (his mother-in-law), who had run the raffle. The Mayor of Lincoln had kindly agreed to present Lorna with a bouquet of flowers, much to Lorna's total surprise.

92 Years Young

After giving Lorna a few very kind words of congratulation and appreciation for her support to the choir, Councillor Burke then led everyone in singing Happy Birthday to Lorna.

Happy Birthday to Lorna

We then launched into a rather long, but very enjoyable second half of the concert. We performed the first song, 'Love Is All Around' in a new manner with a single voice from each section singing the verses with the whole choir joining in for the choruses. In all in the second half we sang:

Love Is All Around
Memory
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
What a Wonderful World
Just Jolson Medley
Rhythm of Life
Kings of Swing Medley

Happily, this was once again a hugely successful concert before a sizeable and very appreciative audience. We had the added privilege of the presence of the Civic Party, a birthday celebration, a delightful buffet supper afterwards and extra pennies in the bank, much to our Treasurer's delight.

We have the Annual Dinner at the Carpenters, Fiskerton, on 4 July, and a very enjoyable special short concert on 6 July to celebrate a 100th birthday. After that, we take a much earned rest from singing over the Summer returning at the end of August.



St Mary's Church, Horncastle Concert
22 September 2017

Arriving in the modest town of Horncastle for our first concert of the 2017/2018 season, we were surprised and delighted to see the huge, imposing and beautifully designed St Mary's Church. It proved acoustically as well to be a delightful concert venue.

The Imposing St Mary's Church

What was also welcome to see was the large and very appreciative audience who enjoyed our programme of music. Also delighted was Heather, who for once had a beautiful grand piano to play.

Heather in Her Element

With the new season came new music. Crauford's plan is to introduce more folk music. We resurrected from our library such old favourites as 'Sally Gardens' and gave the choir's first ever outing to a haunting setting of the famous WW1 poem 'In Flanders Fields Where Poppies Grow' written by John Mcrae. The musical setting was written by local Lincolnshire composer Robert Steadman. This is sure to be hugely appreciated at the Poppy Appeal concert in November.

The voice solo in the first half came from Steve, who sang two German Lieder, Brahms's Wiegenlied (Lullaby), which he sang in German and Schubert's Heidenroeslein, which he sang in English.

Steve's Solo

The first half of the concert was:

A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Lullaby of Broadway
I Dreamed A Dream
Wiegenlied and Heidenroeslein (Steve's solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland
Highland Cathedral

In between the music Crauford kept the audience entertained with his witty anecdotes and background information on what we were about to sing. Even the choir, who had heard most of his shtick before, continued to be amused.

Crauford in Full Flow

After a half-time interval that included the option to have a glass of wine, the choir began the second-half programme with a short piece of music we usually use for a voice warm up at the start of a rehearsal, but, sung as a three-part round, it was a very suitable way to get the concert underway again. The second half programme was:

O how Lovely is the Evening (Round)
Down By The Sally Gardens
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
What a Wonderful World
In Flanders Fields [First Outing]
Nessun Dorma
Speed Your Journey
Gwahoddiad

Contrary to Crauford's contention that we never look up to respond to his directions, we now have proof that, if only for a few moments, he had our undivided attention, even if Tony was seeking inspiration from a higher power.

All Eyes (Almost) on Crauford

All in all, this was a very enjoyable and successful way to get the new concert season underway. Hopefully, we will have the pleasure of returning to this beautiful venue next year.



Bunkers Hill Care Home Concert
6 October 2017

This was the first time the choir had sung in the Bunkers Hill Care Home. On arrival, we were delighted to see a very modern, neat and well-maintained building whose interior was equally pleasing to the eye.

Bunkers Hill Care Home

The room we sang in was large, airy and offered plenty of space for us and for Heather, who was well in her comfort zone using her own keyboard.

Heather in her Comfort Zone

Many in the large audience, as might be expected, were in one way or another infirm, but space was found for everyone and they certainly showed plenty of enthusiasm once the singing began.

Some of our Appreciative Audience

This was also the concert debut for our new baritone, Howard (rear row just behind Keith). At the last concert in Horncastle he had been in the audience, but must have realised we were enjoying ourselves too much, so joined the ranks.

Howard's Debut

We drew on the programme that we had sung in Horncastle, but, as we normally do in care homes, the concert lasted only 45 minutes and so included no solo voice. The full programme was:

A Roving
Somebody's Calling My Name
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Lullaby of Broadway
I Dreamed A Dream
Down By The Sally Gardens
When The Saints
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland
Highland Cathedral

The whole concert was a great success and we could clearly see how much the residents of this care home responded positively to and were stimulated by hearing songs they knew from of old. This is another venue we would be very happy to visit again.



Poppy Appeal Concert 11 November 2017

2017 marked the eighth year that we have returned to the intimate and homely Methodist Church in North Hykeham for our annual concert in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Every year this concert has been a sell-out and this year was no exception providing us with perhaps our largest and most appreciative audience of the whole concert year. We were delighted to welcome the Civic Party from Lincoln - Mayor and Mayor's Consort, Councillor Chris Burke and Councillor Sue Burke, together with Sheriff and Sheriff's Consort, Ms Jo Rimmer and Mr Kraig Needs. They were joined by the Mayor of North Hykeham, Councillor Ross Little. Knowing how very full their diaries must be at this time of year, we were especially privileged and honoured that they all chose to be with us this evening.

Our Distinguished Guests

Another exceptionally busy person who chose to be with us was Nick fairfax, the Community Fundraiser for the whole county of Lincolnshire. Throughout the 4 weeks of Remembrancetide, Nick has the huge task of co-ordinating the activities, the demands, the cries for help and the need for support of well over 100 Poppy Appeal Organisers. We felt really encouraged by his presence.

Nick Fairfax

Steve, who is the Poppy Appeal Organiser for the local area, had organised the concert with the help of many others both in the choir and in the local Royal British Legion community. For example, Henry produced beautiful flyers, tickets and concert programmes all with the Poppy Appeal logo. Several members provided either raffle prizes and/or plates of foods for the buffet. Julian provided the solo in the first half and Heather not only accompanied us with her usual skills, but also played the cornet during the Act of Remembrance.

Poised for the Off

The choir enjoy singing at this venue because there is plenty of lateral space that allows us to be seated in three rows with sufficient elbow room to avoid any sense of being crowded together. Compared to some venues we use where we are all on top of each other, this church is a joy to be in.


Enjoying the Space

Julian chose for his solo the Edith Piaf song, Ne me quitte pas (If You Go away). At last year's concert he sang in Italian so this year he added French to his linguistic repertoire.

Julian's Solo

Crauford had chosen a programme of music that contained very little that we had sung at this venue last November. This time he included some new swing numbers and some more traditional folk songs. Another innovation was to sing the first three numbers unaccompanied by the keyboard. The first half of the concert was:

A Roving
Somebody's Calling My Name
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
O How Lovely Is The Evening
Ne Me Quitte Pas (Julian's solo)
Down By The Sally Gardens/Miller of Dee
Halleluyah
When The Saints

After a short interval, we headed into a second half that was deliberately shorter than the first half to allow time for the Act of Remembrance. The second half programme was:

Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway

Steve then introduced the Act of Remembrance. To enable everyone to transition from the generally light-hearted elements of the main concert to the more sombre tone needed for the Act of Remembrance, Crauford had obtained an emotionally powerful and heart-rending setting of the famous poem by John McRae: 'In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow'. The music had been arranged by local Lincolnshire composer Robert Steadman.

We were very privileged again this year to have Mrs Sheila Wood to give the Exhortation. Sheila has now become the longest serving Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal supporter in the whole country having given 69 years of dedicated service in a wide variety of roles. The badges she proudly wears are unique in their number and record of achievement.

Mrs Sheila Wood

After Heather had played the Last Post, Sheila gave the Exhortation which was followed by a 2-minute silence. Heather then played Reveille and Nick Fairfax gave the Dedication at the end of the ceremony.

Ready for the Last Post

The evening finished in traditional style with the whole audience joining the choir in community singing of favourite songs from WW1 and WW2. Before everyone retired to the main hall for a delicious buffet supper, Steve announced that the evening had once again raised over £500 for the Poppy ASppeal. He also announced that the choir was booked to give the concert again next year on 10 November.

This had proved to be one of the most successful and well-received concerts we had ever given for the Poppy Appeal. Comments afterwards included praise for the balance and variety of the chosen songs, the quality of the singing, the emotional impact of the Act of Remembrance and its opening song and the sheer enjoyment of the community singing at the end.



Hartsholme House Carol Concert, 9 December 2017

This year we returned to Hartsholme House for the third time to offer the residence a much-enjoyed trip down memory lane as we brought them a gentle mix of popular sing-along carols and one or two choir-only pieces.

Hartsholme House Care Home

One new song we tried for the first time was called 'Gaudete'. The only way to describe it was a rapid 'rap' song albeit sung in Latin rather than English. Each voice section took a turn at the verses and we all sang the choruses. Since the audience had no more idea what we were singing about than we did, it all went off splendidly well.

Another song we tried for the first time was more of a calypso-beat carol called 'Mary Had A Baby'. It, too, was a successful first outing for this carol.

After the final rehearsal, Crauford had asked us to bring all the relevant song booklets and sheet music; he would decide on the night what we would sing and in which order. In the end we sang:

Gaudete
Away in a Manger
Angels from the Realms of Glory(with the audience)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (with the audience)
Mary Had A Baby
The Holly and the Ivy(with the audience)
Silent Night
Once in Royal David's City(with the audience)
Kwmbaya (Christmas Words)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head
O Come All Ye Faithful (with the audience)

The choir derive a great deal of pleasure bringing much-loved music to people who suffer with so many mental impairments. From their reaction, it was clear the audience had a most entertaining evening. We now have 2 more carol concerts next weekend, though whether the programme will be in the same order is anyone's guess.



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