2021/2022

Concerts Update

You will be pleased to know that we have been able to reschedule the concert with Black Dyke Band for Saturday, 11 June, 2022, starting at 7:00.  The Grove Theatre will transfer any tickets bought for the original concert to the new date.  If you require to change your tickets for another event please get in touch with the Grove Theatre.

http://www.grovetheatre.co.uk

Christmas 2021

ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW!

This was our first song, post lockdown, at our first concert in St. Augustine’s Church in Luton.  We welcomed an enthusiastic audience, who, for many, were attending their first live performance in 18 months.

The songs for the evening included a mix of old and new, including Alexander’s Ragtime Band and You Can’t Stop the Beat.  We also included The Time for Turning and In Whatever Time we Have, which gave us all time for reflection and looking forward.

We said farewell to Tracey and Fay, long-standing committee members.  Tracey was also a stalwart of the bottom altos and we are already missing her deep tones.  It was lovely to have her joining us for Bohemian Rhapsody and How Great Thou Art.  We wish her and Fay every happiness in their new home in Suffolk.

The concert was in aid of a small local charity called Rachel’s Rainbow Dancers, which is raising funds for less invasive cancer treatment for children.  We heard a very personal account of the charity from Andrew Orriss.  His grand-daughter, Rachel, is the inspiration for the charity being set up.  A donation will be on its way soon!!

The concert was the first and last outing of our summer repertoire, as we start on Christmas songs at our next rehearsal on Tuesday 12th,   We hope to welcome back many members who were not able to join us for this concert and perhaps encourage some new members.

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

 

 

Welcome Back.  Our final song, How Great Thou Art.

 

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 wtih 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, abnd 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 Eunice Quinn 01582 766223

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 and Prostate Cancer UK.

 

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