It’s been a busy few months for Dagnall Community Choir, following our post lock-down relaunch back in September. Busy, but happy as we’ve all really loved being able to get together again to make music and enjoy our weekly Monday night rehearsals.
Our first public performance after our enforced 18 month break was at the Poppy Prom at Eaton Bray Church back in November. This was a lovely event, and we followed it up a month later with carol singing at The Five Bells in Stanbridge, and at St Luke’s Church in Leagrave. We also enjoyed a fabulous Christmas social evening at the Five Bells.
January and February were taken up with learning and perfecting our entries for the Milton Keynes Music Festival which took place in March, and as we go into April, we are working on polishing up our repertoire ready for forthcoming performances that will take place in the summer and autumn of 2022.
We have been delighted to welcome some newcomers to our ensemble since the start of the year and would encourage anyone else who is interested in joining a choir to give us a go! Just come along to one of our rehearsals on Monday evenings at Dagnall Church at 7.45pm - you will receive a friendly welcome. There are no auditions, and no requirement to read music, all we ask of our choir members is a love of singing.
Choir restarted after our long, enforced break on Monday 6th September. It felt quite emotional all singing together after so many months (were there actual tears in the eyes of some of the sopranos as the first chords of “Edelweiss” resounded around Dagnall Church?)
We rehearsed a selection of our favourite songs in preparation for the Poppy Prom, which is due to take place on Saturday 13th November at St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray. We may have been a little rusty at first… but choir leader Michelle was kind to us, and by the end of the evening, all those words and melodies and harmonies were coming back to us, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to perform in public in a month or so.
It was also wonderful to see familiar faces and to catch up with everyone’s news. The choir is a social group as well as a musical ensemble, and so special thanks should be made to Stephen Holder, our Chairman, who has done a great job during the various lockdowns of keeping us all in touch with one another, and with the music that has brought us together.
Every day, during the time that choir couldn’t meet, Stephen has emailed a short message to all choir members, with a link to a piece of music that he’d selected for us to enjoy. The music has ranged from Mozart to Metallica, Beethoven to Bruce Springsteen, and has included several selections from one of Stephen’s new found favourites, Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø. Back in March 2020, Stephen thought this would be an undertaking that he would continue for just a few weeks, maybe a month or two before life went back to normal, but other than a few days off over Christmas, he actually ended up sending emails every day for 18 months!! We have all really appreciated these daily “hellos”, and his daily sign off, “keep well and stay safe.”
For more information about the choir, please visit our website www.dagnall-community-choir.co.uk, or telephone 07443 037227. As always, we welcome new members, but at present we ask that you only attend if you have received two vaccinations against Covid-19 – the safety of everyone is our priority.
With the world opening up and the end of his pandemic (hopefully) in sight, we finally have a date for choir to restart. Our first post-lockdown rehearsal will be on Monday 6th September, 7.45pm at Dagnall Church.
Whilst we are all looking forward to getting back together, the safety of choir members will be of the highest priority, so there will be all necessary measures in place to minimise risk of infection, including space between chairs, doors open for ventilation and hand sanitiser available.
We welcome choir members, old and new, who have had two covid vaccinations, and will require proof of this. This can be by showing your NHS Covid Pass which can be downloaded from the NHS app, or your vaccination card if this is not available. If you have been unable to have the vaccinations you will need to provide the result of a Rapid Lateral Flow test, taken prior to attending choir. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
Our rehearsals will focus on preparation for the Poppy Prom, which takes place at St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray on Saturday 13th November. This event is both a commemoration and a celebration, and the music that we will be performing will reflect this.
It will be truly wonderful to be able to sing together, perform and entertain once again.
Have you been thinking about joining a choir? Then please come along to:
DAGNALL COMMUNITY CHOIR OPEN EVENING
Monday 23rd May 2022
7.45 – 9.45pm
Dagnall Church, Ringshall Road, HP4 1RL
We are looking to recruit new members and would welcome anyone who would like to come along to our open evening to find out more about the choir. This will be a relaxed and fun evening featuring some of our favourite music, and a chance to meet current choir members and our excellent musical team. Feel free to join in, or just come along to listen (there may even be cake!)
The choir is pleased to announce that we have a number of up-and-coming performances planned for the next few months. We are excited to have been asked to sing at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations that will be taking place on Edlesborough Green on Sunday June 5th – more details to follow nearer the time.
In September we have booked Eaton Bray Village Hall for an autumn showcase concert. We haven’t been able to do this sort of event for the last two years, so we’re really looking forward to making this a very special occasion. Put the date in your diary now – Saturday 10th September.
The next opportunity to hear us sing will be at the annual Poppy Prom which takes place at St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray on Saturday 12th November, then on Sunday 18th December we will be hosting a Christmas Concert at Dagnall Village Hall.
There may be additional events and performances added to this list, so watch this space for up-to-date information.
With all these performances lined up we are working on increasing our repertoire, and Michelle tells us she has plenty of new music planned for us to learn… Amongst the recent additions to our music folders are songs from the musicals Chess and West Side Story; we’re also tackling a bit of Latin Rock and reviving some of the classical pieces we’ve mastered in the past. Something for everyone as usual!
Dagnall Community Choir is recruiting new members!
It’s been a long fifteen months since the choir were last able to meet and sing together, but we are hopeful that this summer we will finally be able to restart rehearsals and resume making the music together that we love. We can’t wait – we have missed it so much!
New members are particularly welcome as we relaunch the choir. Whether you are an accomplished chorist, or have never sung before, we would love you to join us. There are no auditions, and you don’t have to read music to join our choir – a love of music is the only qualification required.
All being well, our Monday night rehearsals will restart in good time for us to prepare for our first public performance since the lockdown, which will be at the Poppy Prom at St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray, on Saturday 13th November. We will join the South Bedfordshire Concert Band for what should be a wonderful night of music, remembrance and celebration.
We are all so looking forward to our community choir being able to meet and perform again!