Hard to believe that we have already seen two thirds of the year. Nights are drawing in and we’ve had our second practice session at Huddersfield (Saturday 18th August).
It was a very enjoyable exercise in helping you realise which bits you don’t know as well as you thought you did. Doris Williams does an excellent job of interpretation and instruction and it’s great to be part of this large gathering of choristers.
If you are a newcomer to the site, I should mention that the choir has been invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in November so we have been working hard to learn our parts. Our first practice was 14th April when we had our first ‘get together’ rehearsal at Huddersfield. It was a good opportunity to meet and greet fellow choristers (the male sections on this occasion) and discuss our hopes and expectations of the coming event. We have done it before, so were able to assure newcomers that the experience is worth all the effort they need to apply. By this second visit, we should have been near performing without the music; we now know where our weaknesses are!
Of course, we also have to prepare for other concerts due to take place throughout the year, the next being our annual concert on October 6th at the David Nieper Academy and we really do have to work hard. Please find above our invitation to this event, we hope you can attend. This years charity is ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ and, as well as enjoying the concert, you also help support the granting of wishes to children with life threatening conditions.
However, some of us look forward to enjoyable fellowship (and some very welcome lubrication from the bar) after the practice. Thursday 17th August was extra special as we celebrated the 90th birthday of Ron Padley, one of our second tenors ; Ron was kind enough to provide a light supper for us all to enjoy along with the usual drink. He is an inspiration to us all and we wish him all the best for the future.
Last year was a busy and enjoyable year for the choir with several appearances at Willersley Castle, an afternoon ‘ Lark in the Park’ (with good weather) at Belper River Gardens, concerts at Alfreton Community Hall and Zion Church at South Wingfield , we supported 2 wonderful wedding ceremonies, performed at the Alfreton Town Council Civic Service at the Watchorn Church and entertained the Somercotes Ladies Group. These events were topped in October by our Autumn Showcase, performed at a new venue, The David Nieper Academy, Grange Street, Alfreton.
During the Christmas period some choir members entertained a group of Dementia and Alzheimer sufferers at a meeting in Alfreton; we all performed at South Wingfield Social Club’s Christmas Event, Palmer Morewood’s Christmas Party, morning at Ripley Co-Op and evening at Tesco, Alfreton. All these events were well received and collections for the British Heart Foundation alongside appearances at the Co-Op and Tesco realised the magnificent sum of £457.99.
We look forward to 2018 being equally productive and enjoyable; as usual, we hope to make your acquaintance along the way.
This years annual concert is on October 6th and is Press this LINK for more information.
It is very moving to see the enjoyment that these unfortunate children, and their carers, get from the experiences they have, thanks to the support and encouragement of this organisation. The good thing is that you can support the charity and, as a reward, have an excellent evening’s entertainment at The David Nieper Academy, Alfreton.
You may have seen through the year that we have a small group of choir members who like to ‘dress up’ (or maybe that should be ‘down’) to support the busking talents of Mr Mick Mullarkey; on these occasions Alfreton has been ‘entertained’ in aid of collections for Ashgate Hospice, Children in Need and Red Nose Day ( in fact, any excuse to have a laugh and make money in the process). They also seem to have found their way past the MD and into the concerts (he appreciates it really), providing a little amusement and diversity.
Keep an eye on the diary and make sure to join us at some future event; we look forward to the opportunity to entertain you. Please continue to explore the site; we hope you find it interesting. It would be very much appreciated if you would leave a comment on the CONTACT page; simply go to the enquiry form, fill in what it asks for and leave a message. Whether a criticism, a suggestion, some information for us, a request for something from us or just to acknowledge that you are there, we will be pleased to hear it.
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Where: Palmer-Morewood Memorial Club, 36 Hall St, Alfreton, DE55 7BU
When: Thursdays 6:45pm - 8:30pm
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