November 2019

Have you ever thought about joining a choir? Dagnall Community Choir always welcomes new members, so if singing in a choir is something you’d love to do, please come and join us on a Monday night.


Sometimes people think about coming along but worry that they won’t be “good enough” or that they don’t have enough musical experience to sing with us. Well, at Dagnall Community Choir this won’t be an issue - we welcome musical beginners every bit as warmly as we welcome choristers that have been singing for years, and we don’t ask you to audition to join us. It’s remarkable how many new members tell us that they haven’t really sung since they were at school, however many years ago... other than in the shower of course, or singing along to the radio in the car!

 

Like any other activity, the more you practice, the better you get. And that’s especially true when you have the benefit of excellent mentors, like Michelle Garrard our Musical Director and James Banville our accompanist. Under their guidance, even the most hesitant singer can gain confidence and develop their musical potential. Soon you will be experiencing the utter joy of choral singing along with the rest of us!


For many, the thought of singing a solo at one of our concerts is pretty terrifying, and that can be the case for established choir members as well as “newbies”. But over the past few years, several choir members have felt ready to take the plunge, and agreed to sing on their own, be it a whole song, a verse, or just an individual line in a song. Quite an accomplishment for those who joined us with no previous singing experience at all.


Our Christmas Concert is always a good opportunity for those budding soloists to perform. It’s a relaxed family event with a varied programme, communal carol singing, refreshments, and a visit from Father Christmas for the children. This year it takes place on Sunday 8th  December, 3.00pm at Dagnall Village Hall, free entrance with a charity collection. Please do come along and enjoy an afternoon of festive music with us.


Before that, we will be performing at the Poppy Prom, which takes place on Saturday 9th November at St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray. This is always a wonderful evening of music, remembrance and celebration, with the South Beds Concert Band and guest soloists. 

October 2019

As the days grow cooler and nights draw in, we look back on a successful and enjoyable summer for Dagnall Community Choir. 


Our July concert “Music for a Summer’s Evening” was generally agreed to be one of our best yet, and we received some lovely comments from audience members, who appreciated not only our choral singing but also the very accomplished solo contributions from James Banville our pianist, and Michelle Garrard our Musical Director. The venue of Dagnall Village Hall seemed to work very well for us, providing a well sized space with acoustics that clearly showcase our varied repertoire to the very best advantage! We look forward to performing there again soon.

 

The months leading up to the end of the year are always a busy time for the choir, and our focus throughout October will be perfecting our selection of music for the Poppy Prom, which takes place on the evening of Saturday 9th November. As usual, this event, which takes place at St Mary’s Church Eaton Bray, will be one of both remembrance and celebration, and the songs we perform, alongside the South Beds Concert Band, will reflect this. Tickets for this are £12.50 available from St Mary’s Box Office on 01525 222283.


After this, the countdown to Christmas begins... our Christmas Concert this year takes place on Sunday 8th December, 3.00pm at Dagnall Village Hall. This is always an enjoyable celebration of festive music, with something for everyone, and an opportunity to raise some money for a good cause. We have also been asked to sing at St Luke’s Leagrave carol service on 15th December, and at the Christmas tree lighting at The Five Bells in Stanbridge - it certainly is nice to be in demand!


As usual, we are always keen to welcome new members to our friendly choir, and particularly need more male voices to boost the lower sections! So if singing in a choir is something that you have always wanted to do, please do come along on a Monday evening – we meet at 7.45pm at Dagnall Church.  We would love to see you!

August 2019

It may be the height of summer, but at Dagnall Community Choir, our thoughts are now turning towards our concert programme for the autumn and winter of 2019.  Our first concert of the new season takes place at St George’s Church, Toddington, on the afternoon of Saturday 15th September.  This is a new venue for us, and we are looking forward to bringing our music to a new audience.

For this concert, we have decided to revive some songs from our “back catalogue”, so we are currently revisiting some old favourites, including a medley from Les Miserables and various songs from other well known musicals.  This will be combined with classical pieces, with Vivaldi, Elgar and Karl Jenkins all potentially making an appearance in our forthcoming programme.

Along with the old favourites we will be singing some new songs, and are hopeful that Invierno Porteño, by Astor Piazolla may be performance ready by then. If not, that will be a treat for our audiences to look forward to next Spring!

As we grow and develop as a choir, there’s no doubt that we’re increasingly able to learn and perform more ambitious pieces of choral music, and this is also evident in our re-interpretation of some of the music we’ve not performed for two or three years. It’s rewarding to go back and re-learn tricky rhythms, challenging harmonies or subtle dynamics in these pieces that may have eluded us last time we performed them.

Michelle, our Musical Director, keeps encouraging us to put our books down during rehearsals, and sing without the music open in front of us. Many of us are quite daunted by this prospect, sure that we will forget the words or mess up the tune, but what a surprise to all when we realised that we can sing through the whole of our Vivaldi repertoire without once needing to refer to the song sheet! Now she just needs to convince us that we can do this in our concerts as well!!

Of course, any new choir members may look at their music sheets as often as they like.... So do come along and join us if you would like to be part of a fun and friendly choir. For newcomers, often the best way to learn a piece of music is by singing next to someone who already knows how their part goes, but we do have an experienced musical team on hand to share their knowledge and expertise with all, so you will be given plenty of help and encouragement to find your voice within the choir.

We meet every Monday from 7.45pm at Dagnall Church, which is the church on the roundabout on the main road through Dagnall.

July 2019

No perfect summer’s evening is properly complete without music.  Whether you’re listening to music or making music, there’s something about melodic notes ringing out across a tranquil summer sky that strikes joy into everyone’s heart and reminds us all that it’s good to be alive!


Our summer concert, which takes place on the evening of Saturday 13th July at 7.30pm, is entitled "Music for a Summer's Evening" and we hope that this will strike that joy into your hearts and prove to be an enjoyable evening of entertainment.  As usual, we will be offering a variety of musical styles to appeal to a broad range of tastes, from classical to musical theatre, with a bit of folk and pop thrown in for good measure!  We will be showcasing some of our new songs and, of course, revisiting old favourites.  Tickets are available now from the Box Office on 01525 220189 and cost £8.00 to include a glass of wine or soft drink.


If you haven't been to one of our concerts before, or haven't heard us sing for a few years, why not come along and see what you think!  From small beginnings, the choir has grown in size and proficiency over the years, and we feel we are now really quite accomplished.  


This was borne out recently when we were awarded second place with distinction in the adult choir section of the Milton Keynes Music Festival, where we were competing against some exceptionally good choirs.  We were absolutely thrilled with this result, which has boosted our confidence and heightened our enthusiasm for doing what we love.  Of course much of this success is down to our fantastic musical team, Michelle Garrard and James Banville, who take us through our paces with expertise and lots of patience.


We are a community choir, which means that anyone over the age of sixteen can join us, and if you want to add your voice to our collective, you can be assured of a warm welcome at Dagnall Church on a Monday night.  We don’t ask you to audition, and there is no requirement to be able to read music – before joining the choir, many of our members didn’t have any kind of musical background at all, other than singing along to their favourite songs in the car, and plenty of us hadn’t sang with others since our school days.


So don’t be shy – if you love music, and feel you want to sing with a group of friendly and like minded people, please come along. We meet at Dagnall Church at 7.45pm every Monday and look forward to seeing you.  

June 2019

Our diaries for the second half of 2019 are filling up quickly.  We have booked Dagnall Village Hall for a summer concert, “Music for a Summer Evening”, on Saturday 13th July, and we’re sure this will be an enjoyable night of music and friendship, so do buy a ticket - £8.00 to include a drink – available from the Box Office on 01525 220189.

 

Following this, our next performance will be at St George’s Church, Toddington, Sunday 15th September at 3.00pm.  Watch this space for more details.

In preparation for these performances, we have been learning quite a bit of new music.  Invierno Porteño, by Astor Piazolla, is a piece that we are all finding quite challenging at the moment, but that we know will be absolutely magnificent once we have mastered it... quite a treat for music lovers!  Flying Free, by Don Besig, is another new song in our repertoire that we are looking forward to sharing with an audience, along with some old favourites which span a variety of musical moods and styles.

Our Monday evening rehearsals continue to be thoroughly enjoyable. We work hard, but have plenty of fun too, and choir members really love this time of year, when we arrive at choir in daylight, take our drinks outside during tea break, and leave just as the sun is setting. Singing has been proven to enhance one’s well-being, and singing on a glorious summer’s evening, surrounded by our beautiful countryside... surely even more so! 

So if you’re reading this and think that you’d like to join us and enhance your own well-being, then please do. We meet on Monday evenings, 7.45pm, at Dagnall Church, and always welcome new members - just come along and give it a go!  There is no audition or requirement to read music - all that is needed is a love of music and a desire to sing with a group of like minded people.  We look forward to meeting you!

May 2019

Dagnall Community Choir is officially an “Award-winning Choir!”

On the evening of Friday 15th March 2019, the choir took to the stage in the main auditorium of the Ridgeway Centre in Milton Keynes, and sang two songs in front of an audience of friends, fellow musicians, and an experienced and knowledgeable adjudicator. We were one of several groups taking part in the Adult Choir section of the Milton Keynes Festival of Music, and despite some nerves, we all knew that we were well rehearsed, confident of the words and music, and absolutely determined that this would be our very best performance.

Happily the adjudicator was impressed, commenting that we had “a lovely choir sound whose pitch is secure and phrasing really sensitive.” We were delighted to be awarded second place with distinction – a really good result for our very first entry into an event of this kind. It was an enjoyable evening, and we all appreciated the opportunity to listen to the other choirs perform, and to be part of a wonderful celebration of music. We look forward to taking part again next year.

Our performance and achievement we dedicated to our dear friend and colleague, Nigel Garrard, who so sadly passed away just a few days before the festival.

The following week saw us perform at Langdale Church in Dunstable, and this was a lovely venue for a concert where we were warmly welcomed. The audience seemed to enjoy our singing and appreciate the usual variety of musical styles on offer. The concert raised just over £550 for the Dunstable Food Bank, and we were pleased to be able to help this worthy cause.

The choir continues to go from strength to strength, and this is all credit to our fantastic musical team of  Michelle Garrard and James Banville who work so hard to bring out the best in us. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Helen Wingate, who stepped in at short notice to lead the choir at the above two events. What a wonderful job she did after just two short rehearsals with us.

The next few months will focus on learning new music and increasing our repertoire, so if you enjoy singing and have ever fancied joining an award-winning choir, now would be a great time to give it a go! We meet every Monday, 7.45pm at Dagnall Church, and all new faces are made very welcome. 

April 2019

What does it mean to be a community choir?  Well our role can be summed up as follows: we exist to bring music to the community, and to bring the community to music. 

Our concerts bring music to the community. They also bring entertainment, the chance of a night out with friends, and often, the opportunity to raise funds for a good cause. Please take a look at the performances page on this website for a list of our forthcoming performances.

We also bring the community to music.  Anyone over the age of sixteen years can join our group and all are welcome, regardless of previous experience, musical knowledge or expertise.  We don’t ask you to audition, and we don’t ask you to pay out a huge amount of money either. For an annual membership fee of just £15, and weekly contribution of £2, choir members have access to an experienced and knowledgeable musical team, who ably guide us through a variety of musical styles, with encouragement, enjoyment and plenty of good humour. You even get a cup of tea and a biscuit included in the price as well!

Having a variety of different styles of music is also important to us as a community choir. It makes us more inclusive if there’s something there for everyone, whether you’re singing with us, or in the audience listening. Some of our members for example, are lovers of classical music. For others, it’s show tunes that hit the right note... or folk music, jazz, rock, or pop.  And it has been known for choir members to discover a love for a genre of music that they may never have discovered if they hadn’t have been introduced to it on a Monday night at choir.

Here is a selection of some of the music currently in our repertoire:

An American Trilogy – Mickey Newbury

And All That Jazz – John Lander and Fred Ebb

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Paul Simon

Danny Boy – Fred E Weatherby and Douglas E Wagner

Domine Fili Unigenite / Gloria – Antonio Vivaldi

Edelweiss / Climb Every Mountain – Rodgers and Hammerstein

Go The Distance – Alan Menken and David Zippel

Irish Blessing – Philip Stopford

Non Nobis Domine – Rudyard Kipling and Roger Quilter

The Rhythm of Life – Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman

You Raise Me Up – Brendan Graham and Rolf Løvland

So if any of this strikes a chord with you, and you would like to find out more about Dagnall Community Choir, please do get in touch, via our website, or by coming along to one of our rehearsals on a Monday night, 7.45pm at Dagnall Church.

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Early in March, the choir was devastated to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of one of our valued members. Nigel Garrard was the much loved husband of Michelle our musical director, and a dear friend to us all. His powerful bass voice was an asset to the choir, as was his kindness and great sense of humour - those of you who attended our Christmas Concert will remember his rendition of “While Shepherds Watched” to the tune of “Ilkley Moor Baht ‘At!”

 

We will all miss him greatly.

March 2019

The date of the Milton Keynes Music Festival edges ever nearer, and the choir has been working hard learning and rehearsing our two entry pieces.  We will be singing a beautiful version of “Who Is Sylvia”, words by William Shakespeare, music by George Shearing, and “Non Nobis Domine”, a hymn known to many from their school days, with words by Rudyard Kipling and music by Roger Quilter.  By March 15th, with the help of our superb musical team, we’re sure we will all feel confident of the words, and will have perfected our harmonies, ready to enjoy an evening of music with other choirs from around the local area.

 

Our 2019 concert schedule will start soon after that with our first concert of the year taking place on Saturday 23rd March 7.30pm at Langdale Church in Dunstable.  This is new venue for us, so we are looking forward to meeting and entertaining folk who may not have previously heard us sing – hopefully they will like what they hear!  This concert will be a fundraiser for the Dunstable Food Bank so if you’d like to come along and listen, your support will be appreciated by this worthy cause as well as by the choir.

 

With future concerts in mind, we have started learning some new songs to add to our wide ranging repertoire. It’s always a joy to be handed a new piece of sheet music at rehearsal on a Monday evening; a new song to learn can be a challenge, but there is much enjoyment to be had in getting to grips with complicated rhythms, tricky notes, varying dynamics - even more so when we finally get it right!  We’re told that there’s yet more new sheet music on order too, which is very exciting...

 

As ever, we are keen to welcome any new members to our friendly choir.  We meet on a Monday evening, 7.45pm at Dagnall Church, and would love to see anyone who wishes to join us – just come along, or get in touch via the website.  There’s no audition required, all we request is that you love music and love to sing.  And if this describes you, then we look forward to seeing you soon!

January / February 2019

With the excitement of Christmas and New Year celebrations behind us now, Dagnall Community Choir members are looking forward to the year ahead. 

 

Our focus for the first part of 2019 is the Milton Keynes Music Festival, where we will be taking part in the Community Choir section on 15th March.  This is the first time that we have entered a music festival, so are looking forward to seeing what goes on, and enjoying some friendly competition with other adult choirs in the local area.  We think our biggest challenge will be performing without our music books, meaning that we have to learn all the words as well as the tune off by heart!!  Luckily only a small part of our chosen song is in Latin, so this shouldn’t be too taxing...

 

After that, we will be working on new songs, building up our repertoire ready for our main annual concert, scheduled for June this year, rather than in the autumn as it has been in previous years.  Please watch this space for further information.

 

In the meantime, we will be continuing to enjoy our weekly rehearsals, singing and socialising together, with plenty of fun and much laughter.  Of course, there is always room for more choir members in Dagnall Church on a Monday evening, and a warm welcome for anyone who would like to join us.  So if you have been thinking of taking up a new hobby in 2019, and think singing in a friendly choir might be for you, please do come along – Mondays, 7.45pm at Dagnall Church - we’d love to see you!

December 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, we look back at what has been a busy year for the choir.  By the end of December, we will have sung in a total of eight performances, which have taken place in Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Redbourn, Stanbridge, Little Gaddesden, Eaton Bray, Tilsworth, Stanbridge again and finally this month, Dagnall – it has felt like Dagnall Community Choir on tour at times! 

We have a small band of loyal fans, who delight us by showing up at every performance, and who give us “honest” feedback by email after each show. Their comments have confirmed our own feelings, which are that the choir is going from strength to strength, and that our sound is improving all the time.  The October concert in Little Gaddesden was a particular highlight of 2018, thoroughly enjoyed by both choir members and the audience: 

“Just to say how much we enjoyed the concert on Saturday. The beautiful sound you make in harmony or unison was even better and more evenly balanced. The audience seemed very appreciative and there was a really good atmosphere. We never tire of listening to you and love to hear the way the items improve each time. Congratulations to all the soloists too”

If you have never been to one of our concerts, do put that on your New Year’s resolution list for 2019! They are fun occasions, with a variety of music to appeal to a range of different tastes, and much humour provided by Stephen Holder who usually acts as MC for our events, and Michelle Garrard, our Musical Director.  Many of our concerts are also fundraisers for different charities, so come along and support a worthy cause.

We have welcomed a number of new faces to the choir this year, and sadly have had to say farewell to others. New friendships have been made and existing ones strengthened - the social aspect of DCC is important to all of us.  We support one another through sickness and hard times, and celebrate good times and happy occasions together. Birthdays are marked at our Monday night rehearsals with cake and a song (there seems to be one pretty much every week) and we like to make sure everyone who joins us feels welcomed and part of our warm and friendly group.

Christmas will be an opportunity for us to celebrate this friendship.  Our Christmas concert that takes place on Sunday 16th December at Dagnall Village Hall will be an enjoyable event, with mulled wine and mince pies on offer, and a visit from Santa to delight the children in the audience. All are welcome – there are no tickets, but there will be a bucket collection in aid of Dagnall Village Hall, so please do come along and support this community event. 

We look forward to another productive musical year in 2019, and would love to meet new choir members, or acquire new fans!  For more information about what we do, or to get in touch, please visit our website at www.dagnall-community-choir.co.uk. We would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, we would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, and a very happy New Year, from Dagnall Community Choir.

November 2018

As the nights draw in and the weather starts to get a bit chillier, those long warm days of summer become nothing more than a distant memory.  But choir members know that there is always a warm welcome on a Monday evening at Dagnall Church, the comfort of friendship and the wonderful enjoyment of singing together.  We love sharing this feeling with new people, so if you love music and singing, and think you might like to join us, please do come along and give it a try.

 

November is a month of remembrance, and we will be doing our bit to commemorate those that fought, and those that gave their lives in the line of duty. On the 10th November, the Poppy Prom at St Mary’s Church Eaton Bray will provide a wonderful evening of music, and we are pleased to have been asked to take part in this once again.  If there are any tickets left they are £12.50 available from the Box Office on 01525 222283.

 

On Sunday 11th November, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One will see a number of "Battle's Over" events taking place across the country, and across the Commonwealth, where communities will come together to pay tribute.  We will be joining the commemoration at the Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall, where the beacon will be lit as part of the countrywide “WW1 Beacons of Light” celebration.  The event starts at 5.30pm and all are welcome.

 

Christmas creeps ever closer, and the remainder of November will be devoted to preparing for our Christmas Concert, which takes place on Sunday 16th December, 3.00pm at Dagnall Village Hall.  We all really look forward to this performance, which this year will be raising money for Dagnall Village Hall, and hope that lots of villagers will be able to join us for what will be a joyful and fun event.  There will be punch and mince pies on offer, and as usual we are expecting a visit from Father Christmas - not to be missed!

 

It’s been a busy autumn for the choir, with a number of performances having taken place, as well as those still to come.  We are lucky to have a great musical team to direct, encourage and support us, in the form of Michele Garrard and James Banville.  We are equally fortunate to have a wonderful back up accompanist, John Green, who steps in when needed, and we would like to express our gratitude to him for all his invaluable help over the last couple of months, while James has been unavailable. Many thanks John!

 

If you would like to join us, please feel free to come along to one of our rehearsals, 7.45pm on Monday evenings at Dagnall Church. We would love to see you!

October 2018

October makes the start of a busy few months for the choir.  We are looking forward to our concert on Saturday 13th October, which takes place at Little Gaddesden Village Hall, from 7.30pm.  Entitled “Musical Memories”, this will be a showcase of some of our favourite classical and popular songs, and we are sure will be a fun and entertaining event. 

 

In November we are pleased to be partaking in events to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1, and in preparation for this, we have been learning some songs from the era.  As usual we will be at the Poppy Prom in Eaton Bray on Saturday 10th November – this is always a excellent night of music and remembrance, and we will be performing once again alongside the South Beds Concert Band, and a guest soloist. 

 

The following evening, Sunday 11th November, we will be in Tilsworth, taking part in the “Battle’s Over” event at Tilsworth and Stanbridge Community Hall.  This is part of a nationwide day of commemorative events, paying tribute to those who were killed or wounded in battle.  There is lots more information about events throughout the country on the “Battle’s Over” website at www.brunopeek.co.uk.

 

And the following month of course, it’s Christmas... Our Christmas concert takes place on Sunday 16th December at Dagnall Village Hall, so please put that date in your diary too!

 

So there’s plenty going on for Dagnall Community Choir, and of course, choir members also get to enjoy our fun and lively Monday evening rehearsals each week as well!  All of us would agree that singing in our choir really is a great experience, and studies have consistently shown that singing helps to relieve stress and promotes wellbeing. 

 

We would love to share that feeling with others, so if you have been considering joining us, then please don’t hesitate! Come along to Dagnall Church on a Monday evening, 7.45pm.  There’s no audition required to become a member, or a need to be able to read music – just a warm welcome extended to all.

August 2018

Picture the scene: it’s Monday evening, mid July, the height of the summer 2018 heat-wave.  Temperatures are soaring into the high 20s daily. Shops have run out of cold drinks, ice creams, electric fans.  At Dagnall Church, choir members take their seats, fanning themselves with sheet music to keep cool, open their music files, and start to sing... Christmas carols!

 

Yes, with just a few short months to go, we are now thinking ahead to our autumn/winter concert schedule, and ensuring that we are word perfect, note perfect, and all round perfectly prepared for our Christmas concert on Sunday 16th December.  It’s never too early to begin rehearsals, even when we are all sunburnt, sweltering and still looking forward to our summer holidays!

 

In the meantime though, we have forthcoming performances at Stanbridge Church on the evening of Friday 14th September, and at Little Gaddesden Village Hall, on Saturday 13th October.  On the programme will be a mixture of popular favourites, classical pieces, show tunes, traditional songs and contemporary musical numbers.  For more information please take a look at our website www.dagnall-community-choir.co.uk.

 

In addition, in November we will be doing our bit to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, taking part as usual in the magnificent Poppy Prom at Eaton Bray Church on 10th November, then in a special “Battles Over Britain” concert at Tilsworth on the 11th.  This event will include participation from a number of different community groups, so do keep an eye out for further information nearer the time.

 

So a busy few months ahead for the choir, but as always, lots of enjoyment, fun and laughter in store for all us, both at our Monday evening rehearsals, and whenever we perform.  And we’re always on the lookout for new members, so if you love to sing, and want to be part of our welcoming and friendly group, please don’t hesitate to come along to Dagnall Church on a Monday evening, 7.45pm.  All are guaranteed a warm welcome... no matter what the temperature is outside!

July 2018

One thing that members of Dagnall Community Choir like to do, in addition to singing and sharing our love of music of course, is to raise money for charities and good causes, both local and national. At recent concerts for example, we have been pleased and proud to support Dagnall School, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Motor Neuron Disease Association.

 

Our June concert at St Mary’s Church at Redbourn gave us the opportunity to support a charity called “Music for my Mind”. Their remit is to bring personalised music to people suffering from dementia, enhancing their quality of life and helping them reconnect with their loved ones and their memories.

 

Music is, after all, such a powerful tool in evoking memories and emotions. We’ve all experienced that moment when you hear a song on the radio, and it takes you straight back to another time and place, reminding you of the people you were with and the emotions you were feeling.

 

Choir members have been thinking about some of the songs in our current repertoire, and sharing the memories that the music recalls.  “Non Nobis Domine” was the school song of one of the members of our bass section – he reports that he still feels the same pride and patriotism singing this today as he did when he was one of 500 grammar school boys back in 1970.

 

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is another song on our list that evokes strong memories – how many can remember watching the groundbreaking video on Top of the Pops for the first time? Or listening to the song over and over again on a jukebox as a teenager?

 

Songs from the musicals also seem to be memory jerkers, with choir members being transported back to childhood Christmases, watching “Oliver” on television, whenever we sing “Who Will Buy?”.  Meanwhile “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof” causes many a nostalgic tear, as this very moving song about marriage strikes a chord with everyone who has experienced their children growing up and making their own lives.

 

And in the future of course, we are certain that the songs in our repertoire will always remind choir members of the happy times they spent with Dagnall Community Choir on a Monday evening!

 

For more information about “Music for my Mind” please visit wwww.musicformymind.com. 

 

If you would like to join us, and make some “Musical Memories” of your own, please come along to Dagnall Church on a Monday evening at 7.45pm. You would be made most welcome.

June 2018

If you are the sort of person that enjoys an evening stroll during these lovely summer months, and your footsteps take you past Dagnall Church on a Monday evening, you will no doubt hear some beautiful harmonies emanating from within the old building, so please stop to have a listen...  This is Dagnall Community Choir at rehearsal, and I'm sure you will agree that we make a wonderful sound!

If this inspires you to come along to one of our concerts this summer or autumn, then all the better!  We will be performing at St Mary's Church, Redbourn on Saturday 16th June, at St John the Baptist Church, Stanbridge on Friday 14th September, and at Little Gaddesden Village Hall on Saturday 13th October.  

The choir is very lucky to have an expert musical team to encourage and guide us, and with their help we continue to master a wide variety of musical styles, and some increasingly tricky pieces.  Each week, Michelle Garrard, our Musical Director, and James Banville, our accompanist, share with us their expertise, their immense love of music and their shared sense of humour, making rehearsals fun and productive. 

We are equally lucky to have an alternative accompanist, in the form of John Green, who happily (and extremely competently) steps in to play for us in rehearsals and concerts on the occasions where James is unavailable.  We’re very grateful to John for his help at our recent performance at the Salvation Army in Luton, and look forward to welcoming him again to play for us at Redbourn this month.

The choir has grown in size over the last few months, and we have been delighted to welcome so many new faces. Every new member that joins us strengthens our sound and adds to our stature, so we are always on the lookout for recruits!  If you would like to join us then we would love to hear from you. 

And if you are the sort of person that enjoys an evening stroll during these lovely summer months, and your footsteps take you past Dagnall Church at 7.45pm on a Monday evening, then why not open the door, come in and see what we’re up to… you may just find that you want to stay!

May 2018

The month of May heralds warmer days, sunnier skies, and the start of our 2018 concert season!  We are very much looking forward to performing at Leighton Buzzard Theatre on Saturday 12th May, 7.30pm, appearing alongside “Elvis” as part of a concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Tickets are £12, available from Leighton Buzzard Theatre Box Office 0300 300 8125.

 

On the evening of Saturday 16th June, we will be singing once again at St Mary’s Church in Redbourn – a favourite venue of ours, where we know we will receive a warm welcome.  Then a break for a couple of months, before concerts at Stanbridge on Friday 14th September and Little Gaddesden on Saturday 13th October.

 

To whet your appetite, here is a selection of just some of the songs in our current repertoire, from which we will be performing over the coming months:

 

The 59th Street Bridge Song          Paul Simon

Danny Boy                                        Arr. Douglas E. Wagner

This is the Moment                          Leslie Bricusse, Frank Wildhorn

Domine Fili Unigenite                     Antonio Vivaldi

Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei    From The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins

Over the Rainbow                            E.Y Harburg, Harold Arlen

Nella Fantasia                                   Chiara Ferrau, Ennio Morricone

Non Nobis Domine                          Rudyard Kipling, Roger Quilter

An American Trilogy                        Mickey Newbury

Irish Blessing                                    Philip Stopford

Who Will Buy?                                  Lionel Bart

 

As you can see, there is something there for everyone, whether your taste be classical music, show tunes, country music… or you just enjoy an evening out being entertained.  Please do come along to one of our concerts – we would love to see you there!

 

Or if you love singing and think you would perhaps like to join us, then come along to one of our Monday evening rehearsals – 7.45pm at Dagnall Church.  They are a lot of fun and new members are always made welcome.  We are a friendly group who enjoy socialising just as much as singing, and there are plenty of opportunities for choir members to do both!  Everyone had a great time at our recent Barn Dance at Dagnall Village Hall for example, and we’re now all looking forward to a lovely barbecue get-together, later in the summer.

April 2018

The first of our 2018 concert dates is getting closer and we are putting the finishing touches to the numbers that we will perform at Leighton Buzzard Theatre on Saturday 12th May.  We are appearing as part of a charity concert in aid of Macmillan, so we hope that there will be plenty of support and money raised for this worthy cause.  For more information and tickets please contact Leighton Buzzard Theatre Box Office.

 

Before that though, in April, we will be singing at Luton Salvation Army Church, as guests of the Ladies Fellowship.  This is the third year that we have been invited to one of their Monday evening meetings, and we know that we will get a warm welcome, an appreciative audience, and an array of delicious homemade cakes on offer after our performance!

 

Choir members were all deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of our good friends in February this year.  Vicky Lee was one of the founding members of Dagnall Community Choir, a much loved lady with a beautiful soprano voice, who sang with us for several years.  We were honoured to be asked to sing at Vicky’s funeral, and our thoughts remain with her family.

 

The disruption cause by unexpected snow and freezing temperatures at the beginning of March, almost put paid to the choir weekend away at Potters Resort in Norfolk... Fortunately, the roads did prove to be clear enough for most who had booked to be able to get there, though sadly, some of our party just weren’t able to make it.  Those who went had a marvellous time, enjoying daytime activities, and evening entertainment on a par with West End shows.  Everyone is now looking forward to re-booking for next year, and hoping that the weather will be rather kinder!

 

Our Monday evening rehearsals continue to be great fun, and we’re really pleased that membership numbers have risen this year - it’s really heartening to have to put out extra chairs for the growing tenor and bass sections!  New faces are always welcome, and we don’t ask you to audition, or require you to be able to read music to join – a love of music and singing is the only qualification we ask for.  Oh and a sense of humour is an advantage too, as there’s always plenty of laughter when we meet up!

 

So please come along and see for yourself - we meet on a Monday evening, 7.45pm at Dagnall Church and would love to see you!

March 2018

With Spring just around the corner, choir members are looking forward to heading out to choir on a Monday evening in daylight!  Hopefully some warmer weather will also mean a welcome end to all the coughs and colds that can sometimes prevent us from enjoying our favourite pastime of singing...

 

We are currently busy learning a wealth of new songs for our 2018 concert programme and are making great progress with these.  New additions to our repertoire include classical pieces by Vivaldi and Elgar, and for these, we are having to brush up on our Latin (or rather, for most of us, learn to sing in a completely different language!)  As usual, our accompanist, James, impresses us all with his piano skills and both he and Michelle, our Musical Director, guide us expertly through these more challenging pieces.

 

We do enjoy quite a range of different musical styles though, and are also looking forward to perfecting and performing a favourite number from the musical “Oliver”, which is also new to us this year.  No doubt there will be more new music to get our teeth into as the year progresses.

 

Socially, March is going to be a busy month for the choir.  Some of us will be enjoying a fun weekend away at the beginning of the month, at Potters Resort near Great Yarmouth.  Last year’s trip was a great success and all who went appreciated great evening entertainment and of course wonderful company!  We also have our Barn Dance at Dagnall Village Hall later this month, which is guaranteed to be a fabulous knees-up with great food and music.

 

Our concert schedule starts in May with an appearance at Leighton Buzzard Theatre on Saturday 12th May.  This is a charity concert in aid of Macmillan, and we will be appearing alongside an Elvis tribute band, so a rockin’ good night is in store, all for a great cause!  Tickets can be booked through the Leighton Buzzard Theatre Box Office.

 

Or of course, you could come and join us!  We are always keen to welcome new members, and particularly need more male voices.  If singing in a choir is something that you have always wanted to do, please do come along on a Monday evening – we meet at 7.45pm at Dagnall Church.  We would love to see you!

January 2018

A busy 2018 is in store for Dagnall Community  Choir. 

We started the year on a positive note, with some new faces joining us at our Monday evening rehearsals, some new songs to learn, and some old favourites from the DCC archives being revived and perfected. 

 

The choir has been in existence for eight years now, and we are really quite proud of how far we have come in this time. We feel that we have improved and developed greatly over the years, becoming now a rather accomplished and well regarded musical group. This is borne out by some of the lovely positive comments that we have received following recent performances, which indicate that we are going from strength to strength. We really appreciate this feedback from our “fans”, so thank you to all of you that have come along to any of our concerts. Your support and enjoyment of our efforts makes it all worthwhile! 

 

Our concert schedule for this year is full and varied, so if you want to hear us sing, there is plenty of opportunity in 2018 – put these dates in your diary now: 

 

Saturday 12th May – Leighton Buzzard Theatre (Macmillan Cancer Support benefit) 

Saturday 16th June – St Mary’s Church, Redbourn 

Saturday 13th October – Little Gaddesden Village Hall 

Saturday 10th November – Poppy Prom, St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray  

Sunday 16th December – Christmas Concert, Dagnall Village Hall 

 

Or maybe you would like join in and sing with us? We are always keen to recruit new members, so please do come along on a Monday night, 7.45pm at Dagnall Church. You are guaranteed a warm welcome! 

 

And as well as all the enjoyment of singing together, choir members get the chance to join in with a fun social life, with a Barn Dance planned for March, a Potters Resort weekend away, then a barbecue and theatre trip later in the year... there is always something to look forward to!

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