Welcome

Caritas Harmony is a ladies’ voice choir based in Luton, Bedfordshire. Founded in 2003, we perform a wide repertoire of music. Friendship and a love of singing remains at the heart of the choir’s desire to raise funds for charity.

What an evening!  Listening to one of the best brass bands in the world and getting to sing with them will live forever in the memories of the ladies of Caritas Harmony

Before we started rehearsing Caritas Harmony went into the Grove Gardens and had some photos taken on the band stand.  Thank goodness the sun was shining!  Then a quick change for a rehearsal with the band and with the drummer and double bass player who joined us for I’ve Got You Under My Skin.  We had a sneak preview of the band rehearsing and knew we were all in for a real treat.

Another quick change and the ladies of Caritas Singers went into the foyer and sang 5 numbers as the audience was arriving.  So many people – thank you all so much for attending!

Black Dyke Band was given a huge round of applause as it took to the stage and the concert was well and truly underway, with a French Military March.  Their Musical Director Professor Nicholas Childs then introduced the band and its next three numbers, including Melody of the Heart, with a stunning Cornet solo played by Richard Marshall.  

Then it was the turn of the ladies, introduced by Tom Quinn.  The choir started with an old favourite, Chattanooga Choo Choo and finished with Anthem, accompanied by our wonderful Sue Trost, before joining the band to sing the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. We were all delighted that our conductor was asked to do the honours and conduct for this number.  She was amazing!!  

The final number of the first half was Riverdance, where the percussionists were really able to show off.  I’m sure the audience would have been in awe of the virtuosity of the band players in this number.

Act two started with the band and then Caritas Harmony returned for three more numbers.  I’ve Got You Under My Skin was made all the more special with the addition of a double bass, played by Helen Boyea and drums played by Gareth Hand from Black Dyke.  We finished with the rousing How Great Thou Art and then were treated to a night at the movies from the band, with Harry Potter, For Your Eyes Only and Pirates of the Caribbean before they finished with Zigeunerweisen, with a  beautiful euphonium solo by DanThomas.

Then the finale – Land of Hope and Glory.  The ladies returned with flags at the ready and joined the audience in this most patriotic of songs.  What a way to end the concert – of course, we did it twice!!

This concert was performed in aid of the Ukrainian Appeal and we hope to be able to donate a good amount to this very worthy cause.

Many thanks to all our helpers behind the scenes and on the day.  You all did a fantastic job.  Roll on the next time!!

 

 

Songs for Ukraine

What a night!  St. Augustine’s church was packed and it was so good to sing to a full house again.  We started with Another Op’nin’ Another Show – what could have been more suitable.  Tom Quinn then took over the reins as a very entertaining MC.  Peculi8 stunned the choir and the audience with their version of Here Comes the Sun and Lullaby of Birdland.  Immediately, everyone knew this was going to be a fabulous concert!  A new number for the choir was I’ve Got You Under My Skin.  I think it has become a favourite already!  Lux Aeterna by Peculi8 was so moving towards the end of the first half, but the show-stealer was the finale – Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, a joint number by both choirs.  It was so energising singing with Peculi8 and very different for us singing with men’s voices.  

The second half started with Sing a Song of Sixpence, a version of the traditional nursery rhyme in the style of Handel!  The fun element of Peculi8 came with the singing of Under the Sea from the film, The Little Mermaid.  The cheers at the end nearly lifted the roof off – but the best was still to come.  The finale was a version of One Day More – the amazing first act finale of Les Miserables.  We ended a wonderful concert with a standing ovation and a call for an encore – a big ask as we had given everything in what we thought was the last number!  However – we were also all buzzing from the performance and so the second rendition was just as good as the first – if not better.

Thank you to all the helpers for the evening.  We have raised an amazing amount of over £1,000 for the DEC, which will receive our cheque as soon as possible, once the final figure is known.

Singing together is so good for physical and mental health and we hope listening was too.

 

Do you Hear the People Sing?  So good we sang it twice!!

 

 

Christmas 2021

 

Our final Gala Concert is finished.  Sunday night at St. Mary’s Church Dunstable was a joyous occasion with the addition of a Brass Ensemble and two carols accompanied by four hands at the keyboard.  The opening carol was announced by a fanfare by the Buccinate Brass Ensemble and the congregation and choir joined in, singing with great gusto.  Everyone was very happy to be performing and listening to live music, although mask wearing was the case for the audience.  The proceeds for this concert will be for Prostate Cancer UK and we are confident that we will be handing over a significant amount in the near future.

We performed at two other venues this Christmas – Harpenden High Street Methodist Church and Abbots Langley Church of St. Lawrence.  

Harpenden afternoon concert took place on a wet and windy Saturday, and we were pleased to see a small but very appreciative audience.  The collection raised money for the Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted.

The concert in  Abbots Langley was in aid of the Friends of St. Lawrence, who raise money for the upkeep of this stunning church.  We were delighted to welcome back Jan and Andy Taylor, who have recently moved to King’s Lynn.  Jan and her daughter Jo joined us in the choir and Andy did a great job of compering the concert.  There were only 20 choir members there, but the sound was amazing – the church acoustics are wonderful!  Another addition to the altos was Tracey Andrews, who , along with Jan and Jo, learned the carols remotely in order to perform with us again.

 

 

Our Christmas concerts started on Saturday 27th November, at Harpenden High St. Methodist Church, 2:30.

Many thanks to those who turned up on a very bleak and cold Saturday afternoon.  We have raised much needed funds for the Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted

Our second concert was at St. Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley on Saturday, 4th December.  We had a wonderful welcome from the audience who were delighted to be having a live performance again in the church.

Our Gala Christmas Concert was at St. Mary’s Church, Dunstable on Sunday, 12th December,  featuring the Buccinate Brass Ensemble. We performed to a large audience and it was a wonderful event enjoyed by all.

Sue Trost at the keyboard

Meet the choir

Margaret Blenkin
Musical Director

Margaret acquired her passion for music in the Salvation Army.  As a child she learned to play various brass instruments and had lessons in piano and singing.

Sue Trost
accompanist

Sue started to play for Caritas Harmony in 2017.  Originally from Yorkshire, she studied the piano and viola at the Royal College of Music, London.

Vivien Powles
Guest Accompanist

Guest Accompanist, Vivien Powles, holds an LTCL Performer’s diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate in Accompaniment from Trinity college of Music.

Join Us

If you like singing and think you might like to join the choir, why not come along to one of our rehearsals at Stopsley Baptist Church, St Thomas’ Road, Luton LU2 7XP and see if Caritas Harmony is for you. We meet on a Monday evening at 7.30pm. 

We rehearse with music but always perform without it. 

For more information regarding joining the choir please contact Tina Graham 07830 346968

Charitable Support

 

The Charities we are supporting this year are Rachel’s Rainbow Dancers, a children’s cancer charity, The Hospice of St.Francis, Berkhamsted, The Friends of St. Lawrence, Abbots Langley, Prostate Cancer UK and DEC, raising money for Ukraine. Our two summer concerts are supporting Keech Hospice Care and Tilehouse Counselling.