The choir was delighted to welcome Die Lerchen from Bremen in Germany to perform in Billingham on September 22nd 2017. They charmed choir members and audience alike with their smiling faces and lovely harmony. They sang a number of songs in perfect english and the finale, when both choirs sang together, ended with "May our paths meet again". They would all like to come back again and we hope that it may be possible.
The choir was delighted to be asked to join Vox Fortura when they sang at the Forum on May 8th as part of their first UK tour. Having met them when they appeared in Billingham with G4 in September 2016, we knew they were a great group and they proved we were right. Katie - the 16 year old soloist sang beautifully and the whole evening was enjoyed by both the choir and the audience. We look forward to the next time they are in the area.
This picture below shows Margaret and Evie presenting a cheque for £516.17 to Sarah from Butterwick House. The money had been raised during December when the choir sang at various events in the area.
Stuart Pass, our accompanist, also raised £700.00 for Butterwick with his sponsored beard. He can be seen showing it off in the back row.
The season started off with a performance in the Forum, Billingham with G4,
- a group of four young men singing a wide variety of songs.
The choir accompanied five items including the well known Nessun Dorma and One Day More from Les Miserables.
Also appearing were Vox Fortura who recently appeared on Britain's Got Talent.
Both choir members and the audience had a fantastic evening.
The photographs show some of the choir with the two groups after the show.
Many thanks to all who supported our summer concert with Love in Motion, the signing choir from San Diego. Our guests included the Mayor & Mayoress of Stockton on Tees,Councillor and Mrs. Ken Dixon, Doris Williams, Chairperson of the National Association of Choirs (North-East Group 7) and Joe Hawkes from Hawkes Fire, who kindly sponsor the choir. The event was a huge success, enjoyed by audience and all the performers alike. The Mayor presented small gifts to the visiting group and Musical Director, Margaret Pringle received a presentation case with two batons to mark the 40 years she has led the Choral Society. A donation was made to Love in Motion leader, BJ Jenson and also St. John's School for the use of the premises.
The choir is taking a break before rehearsals re-start ready for the next performance in the Forum Theatre, Billingham with G4 and Vox Fortura on Sunday, September 18th at 7.30pm. Book early at the box office - this promises to be another wonderful event.
Everyone who attended the Choral Spectacular in The Sage, Gateshead in 2016 had a fantastic time - whether they were singing or in the audience. Choir members had an oppoertunity to see what goes on back-stage and were shown to their places by a team of uniformed staff.
The Choral Society is very grateful for financial assistance to Hawkes Fire, The Ropner Trust and The Co-operative Membership Community Fund. Through their generosity we will be able to purchase new sets of music and pay for the hire of our rehearsal room. The photograph shows John Sims, Chairman of The Co-operative Membership Community Fund, presenting a cheque to our Musical Director, Margaret.
|All music and some items of uniform are provided for choir members to ensure that everyone is smartly dressed for performances. The group is grateful, for some financial assistance to The Ropner Trust, The Co-operative Membership Community Fund and sponsorship from Hawkes Fire.|