The choir watched and applauded as Musical Director Margaret and Chairperson Evie presented a cheque for £630.00 to Jean Wilson forWoodlands Cancer Care. This money was raised during December and we thank all who supported us once again.
This picture shows the choir with members of The Silverwood Band after a very successful concert on December 19th 2018.
This event raised £385.70 for Woodlands Cancer Care, our chosen charity for this year.
Thanks to all who supported this event, bringing the total raised to £630.00.
You can find out more about the charity at www.woodlandscancercare.org.uk
After working as our Accompanist for the past five years, Stuart Pass retired at the end of July. Chairman Evie Moralee presented him with a gift and card signed by members at the recent AGM. It has been a pleasure to work with him and he has always been a regular attendee at rehearsals and concerts
ThankYou, Stuart from us all. We wish you a Happy Retirement and know that you will now be able to spend more time in your garden and greenhouse.
The choir is delighted to welcome Alex Evans as Accompanist. He took up Piano, Violin and Euphonium at Primary School - and started to play Hymns at school assembly after he was found playing the piano during break time! Throughout school and college he played solos and accompanied at most end of term concerts / productions, and also played piano from time to time at the local Youth Orchestra. He stopped playing piano after college to concentrate on brass, playing with a number of successful bands winning a number of National Titles and had the privilege of playing at the Royal Albert Hall in 2005 against some of the best Brass Bands in the country. He now plays with North Skelton Band (Regional Champions) and performed with them when they were placed third in the National Finals in September and he also plays with the Silverwood Band. After a 14 year break he decided to buy a keyboard and resumed lessons. Over the last 2 years he has taken a number of exams in Performance for Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, Accompanying and Music Theory - gaining a distinction in each discipline. He plans to continue studying to better equip himself as an all round musician and performer. He is both proud and delighted to have been appointed as Accompanist for Billingham Choral Society, his first post of this kind. We look forward to working with him and are already planning a band and choir concert - watch out for details on our website.
During December 2018 we are raising money for Woodlands Cancer Care based here in Billingham.
The photo above shows Margaret and choir members singing carols in Tesco, Billingham.
We collected over £97.00. Thanks to all who supported this effort.
The concert in Thorpe Thewles on December 10th raised a futher £100.00 for Woodland Cancer Care and much needed funds for the Parish Hall.
The Choral Society is very grateful for financial assistance to Hawkes Fire and The Ropner Trust
Through their generosity we are able to purchase new sets of music and pay for the hire of our rehearsal room.
It is hoped that the Choir will continue to flourish for many years to come, bringing pleasure to both singers and audiences in the area.