BUSY LATE YEAR FOLLOWS OPEN-AIR SUMMER FOR CHOIR
After some unusual open-air summer events and lots of practice time, the choir has been gearing up for what looks like a busy and varied late year up to Christmas.
Next up at the time of this report was our first concert for York’s much admired St Leonard’s Hospice. It is being held on September 8th in the Village Hall in Stamford Bridge where we performed some years back at the invitation of the local WI.
October 12th finds us back in the dining room of the Talbot Hotel in Malton to sing for the third time at a private party for former Norton Mayor and Town Clerk Cyril Shreeve and his wife Barbara. This time we mark the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the RAF, of which the couple are great supporters.
We first sang for Cyril and his guests in the Talbot last November to mark Cyril’s 95th birthday and we were back again for him in April this year. All being well, the fun will not end there: Cyril has asked us to sing for a FOURTH
The choir joins local dignitaries to commemorate an important RAF event in Sleights near Whitby
time on November 20th to help him celebrate his actual 96th Birthday and to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 – as well as the upcoming Christmas season. Our availability for that concert was under positive discussion as this report was written.
We are back in Bridlington on November 3rd for yet another performance at the East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival. It’s the event’s Tenth Anniversary and we have taken part in quite a few of the annual festivals.
The choir’s last appearance of 2018, as things currently stand, will be at our Annual Family Christmas Concert. We return to Malton Methodist Church in Saville Street – our old practice venue. Worth noting is a change of date for this. It’s now Sunday December 2nd at 2.30, a week earlier than originally planned.
Since the last NEWS update, we have been in a couple of open-air venues. A spitfire fly-past provided the backdrop to a very special choir turnout on behalf of the RAF near Sleights at the end of June. We sang just two numbers – The Dam Busters and Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines - at the request of RAF Fylingdales and as part of a ceremony to mark the downing of the first German aircraft over England in WW2. There was much praise for our performance from the RAF and many others and there is now talk of the choir possibly singing at Fylindales itself in 2019.
The choir was also in the open air on June 10th albeit it a little precariously on the back of a large truck trailer at the prestigious Alne Street Fayre near Easingwold - one of The Times listed Top 20 Family Days Out. Organiser Suzi Scott-Rix said: “the performance was great. I think the number of people sitting on the kerb (As well as the provided chairs-Ed ) was testament to that!” We are told that another invitation is planned!
On June 1st the choir sang in Thornton le Dale to mark the anniversary of the Methodist Chapel there. Once again, the organisers were pleased and a very enjoyable supper spread made the day doubly enjoyable.
In early May we did finally catch up with the patient residents of the Alba Rose Care Home for a concert we had originally planned for St David’s Day in March. Bad weather put a stop to the first one – but not to the enthusiasm of Alba Rose resident singers who sang along with us when we finally got there!
Looking ahead briefly, requests for concerts are already coming in thick and fast for next year on dates as far ahead as July. If you have us in mind for a local performance, better contact choir secretary David Ackroyd now on 01944-758693.
UNDAUNTED CHOIR IS BACK IN CONCERT MODE
It’s second time lucky for the choir as it gets back into concert mode this Spring/early Summer after plans to start the singing earlier in the year were stymied by local bad weather.
The St David’s Day concert at the Alba Rose Care home in Pickering in early March had to be cancelled because of the snow. We were rectifying that on May 4th with a replacement concert - and Alba Rose said it was happy to hear us sing Welsh songs at any time of the year!
While preparing for that we went back to Malton’s Talbot Hotel on April 6th for our second private booking there inside a year! It was to mark a birthday and an anniversary celebrated by former Norton Mayor and Town Clerk Cyril Shreeve and his wife Barbara, who we first sang for last November.
Cyril and his guests were lavish in their praise of the choir’s latest programme, which included plenty of ‘Oldies’ requested by the couple. Among them were All in the April Evening, The Skye Boat Song, Roses of Picardy, We’ll gather Lilacs, Keep Right on to the End of the Road and We'll meet again – some of them new to our repertoire. The choir has been invited to the Talbot for a third time on October 12th to celebrate Cyril Shreeve’s 96th birthday!
On June 1st the choir was marking the Methodist anniversary in Thornton-le-Dale with a concert in the Methodist Chapel there. And on June 10th we are due in Alne near Easingwold to sing during the prestigious Alne Street Fayre – one of 'The Times Top 20 Family Days Out'.
On Saturday November 3rd we are taking part in the Tenth Anniversary of the East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival in Bridlington. The final currently planned event of 2018 is the annual Christmas Concert on December 9th, when we visit our former home in Malton’s Methodist Church.
As of now, the summer looks quiet and we plan to use the time well to hone an expanding repertoire at our regular Monday practices in Malton Baptist Community Hall while taking up any new requests to sing – weddings are popular requests at this time of the year. It’s an ideal opportunity for anyone thinking of dropping in to practices - if only to listen!
CHALLENGING YEAR BECKONS FOR MDMVC
The choir faces a busy time in 2018 – its eleventh year – with concerts starting locally and taking members to the towns and villages of Ryedale and to the coast before bringing them home for next Christmas.
The schedule will need updating as 2018 gathers pace. Further invitations will come in because as a small choir we are increasingly in demand for concerts and special occasions like weddings in village halls and churches where space is restricted. Having said that however we still welcome new members.
As of now, the singing starts in Pickering on March 2 when we revisit the Alba Rose Care home to celebrate St David’s Day. Music with Welsh connections is again on the programme and a couple of members have even threatened to sing in Welsh! On March 10th we stage a full concert jointly for the Methodist and Anglican churches in the village hall in Newton upon Rawcliffe
We then move back down to Malton’s Talbot Hotel for our second birthday/anniversary party concert for former Norton Mayor and Town Clerk Cyril Shreeve on Friday April 6th. Cyril said his guests enjoyed our performance at his birthday party last November so he is asking us back for more! Cyril has meanwhile also booked the Talbot for a third time on October 12th for his 96th birthday and asked us to sing for him yet again!
But before we tackle Cyril’s third outing we will sing at an anniversary concert for the Methodist Church in Thornton-le Dale on Friday June 1st.
On Saturday November 3rd we will take part yet again with other regional choirs in Bridlington’s East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival. It’s the event’s Tenth Anniversary and an ideal place for us to show what we can do alongside other choirs. We always seem to excel!
The final currently planned event of the year –the annual Christmas Family Concert on Sunday December 9th – takes us back to the Methodist Church in Malton’s Saville Street.It will be good to sing there again!