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Brief details and photographs of events and concerts performed by Caritas Harmony from 2016 to 2017

Our first Christmas concert was held at St. Mary's Church in Pirton.  Money from this concert went to the Hurricane Appeal from the Red Cross.  Our photographer, Ron, took the opportunity to take some less formal photos of the choir.  Thanks, Ron.

               

                           

 

A very successful concert in aid of A-T at Rothamsted Conference Centre in Harpenden.   A lovely venue and a very receptive audience helped to make this a very special concert.  This was the first concert, of many, we hope, with our new accompanist Sue Trost.  Well done, Sue!

         

                                  

Sarah Ajder, the concert organiser, gave a very moving speech about the effects of A-T. Suzanne Roynon was the entertaining compere.  The whole event was sponsored by Lady Parkinson and the Jarvis foundation.

 

 Our new accompanist Sue, did us proud!  Our songbirds - they soared over the rest of the choir in Hail, Holy Queen. 

 

                       Outdoor concert at Wayside Cottage, 5 August, 2017

                            

Just look at that blue sky!!! Who would have believed that just a few hours earlier, the rain looked as though it would never stop and the annual concert at the beautiful Wayside Cottage was in danger of being hastily relocated to the local church. 

                

                       Sue and Maggie helping out with the gazebos, just in case!!

                             

 Right up to 3 pm a decision was still being made, and then, as if by magic, the storm clouds passed over and the sun came out and stayed out for the duration of the event. Wayside Cottage garden has never looked more beautiful, drenched in rain and then enchanting, with dripping shrubs and trees covered in dappled sunlight. Another memorable concert at Wayside and a very decent amount raised for East Anglian Air Ambulance.

           

A big thank you to Vivienne for her outstanding accompaniment and to all our other helpers.  What would we do without you?

Here are a selection of photographs from our concert at St.Mary's Church, Hitchin, 15 July, 2017.  The concert was very well received by an enthusiastic audience.  We love singing in this beautiful church, once the church of Sir Henry Wood, who began the proms! 

 

Rita, responsible for the roses!               Pat and Julia.  Beautiful smiles, ladies! 

                                            

A selection of the lovely ladies who went outside for a breath of fresh air at the interval, with Rob Gurney, our terrific pianist.

 

The small a cappella group singing                      The ladies from Cancer Research 

He was Beautiful.

SUMMER SERENADE

THE GROVE THEATRE DUNSTABLE

11 JUNE 2017 

 

                                   

Margaret, looked very relaxed at the rehearsal in the Grove Theatre. As you can see, it's a very big theatre to fill!!  

                                  

Altos and 2nd sopranos waiting for Curtain up.  Our first song was Another Op'nin', Another Show.  Very appropriate.  We loved having an ensemble to accompany us: Rob Gurney, on piano, Les Arnold on drums and Alan Coughlan on bass.  

                                

The sopranos all ready for our performance. Margaret took her chance to sit with us.  We were delighted to have Chris Hazell in the audience to hear us singing Dunstable Downs. 

                                 

Our compere, Adrian Mills, quickly put us at our ease and had a lovely rapport with the audience, giving information about all the songs we were singing as well as some appropriate anecdotes.  

                               

The tenor, Thomas Elwin, charmed both the ladies and the audience with his fabulous voice.  When he sang the soft high notes at the end of Danny Boy, you could have heard a pin drop.

                                   

The choir gave an emotional rendition of  'Let there be Peace on Earth' a song which we learned especially in the light of the atrocities in Manchester and London.  Half of the proceeds from the concert will go towards helping the victims and their families and the other half will be shared between three local charities.

                                    

Many thanks to all the staff at the Grove Theatre who worked with us throughout the day and evening.   

CONCERT IN AID OF BEDS AND NORTHANTS

MS THERAPY CENTRE

13 MAY, 2017 

The choir was delighted to sing to a very welcoming audience at the MS Therapy Centre in Bedford. This amazing centre for MS sufferers is completely self-funding so we were very pleased to give our support.  Rita, in the photo below, spoke at the end of the concert about what the centre means to her, so it made our concert seem extra special. 

        

       

                    The ladies showing off their clapping skills in Hail, Holy Queen.

 

CONCERT AT ST. LAWRENCE CHURCH,

ABBOTS LANGLEY, 29 APRIL, 2017 

Jan Taylor, member of both Caritas Harmony and the Church of St. Lawrence, sent all the ladies who performed this lovely message.

"To the lovely ladies who sang at Abbots Langley this evening: thank you so much for coming to the wilds of Hertfordshire and singing so beautifully.  I loved singing with you all and was so proud to be part of this great choir and to introduce you all to my friends.  During the interval and afterwards there were so many lovely comments from the audience - fantastic, wonderful etc.  As soon as I know how much was raised for the Friends of St. Lawrence Church I will let you know.  Jan xx"

                  

Andy Taylor compere                                           Presentation of flowers 

   Hail Holy Queen 

Our conductor, Margaret, joined the small group to sing Ubi Caritas, while Martin conducted!

 

          SONGS FOR A SPRING EVENING

1 APRIL 2017 

On Saturday, 1 April, we set off by coach to The Voyager Academy, Peterborough, to perform our first concert of this year.  We were joined by soloists from Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Our programme included three new numbers and also some old favourites.  It was lovely to hear the G & S solos, duets, trios and quartet, but was especially good to hear Simon Blenkin performing A Policeman's Lot is not a Happy One. It was a long day for us - many not getting home until after midnight - but it was a great concert and, hopefully, a collaboration which will happen again.

           

Simon and Friends

 

          

       Some new members sang in their first concert at Peterborough.  Well done, ladies!

 

CHRISTMAS SPECTACTULAR

11 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TODDINGTON CONCERT

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2016

A CONCERT GIVEN ON BEHALF OF TODDINGTON MUSIC SOCIETY 

 

 

 

 

 

LEVEL TRUST CONCERT

ST MARY'S CHURCH, LUTON

22 OCTOBER 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHORAL WORKSHOP

1 OCTOBER 2016

Caritas Harmony's first Choral Workshop was a resounding success. Ian Kennedy led the participants through a whole day of singing and numerous ideas to improve performance.  The event attracted 25 Caritas Ladies and 11 visiting ladies.

 

  

 

Ian Kennedy at Caritas Harmony Choral Workshop October 2016

 

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 WAYSIDE CONCERT

BARTON LE CLAY 13 AUGUST 2016

Another truly wonderful afternoon at the Wayside Cottage concert in these beautiful gardens. Thanks as always to host Nigel.  Proceeds from the concert will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  

 

 

 

 HITCHIN FESTIVAL

ST MARY'S CHURCH, 23 JULY 2016

For the third consecutive year, Luton's Caritas Harmony gave a concert of songs from their highly eclectic and varied repertoire as part of the much respected annual Hitchin Festival. On Saturday 23 July, Festival music lovers were treated once again to a very high standard of singing performance that the ladies of Caritas Harmony provide at every one of their concerts.  

The evening was wonderfully compered by Hitchin's own Richard Whitmore, Founder President and trustee of The Queen Mother Theatre at Hitchin. Richard skilfully guided the choir's programme of 20 songs and ensured that each item was introduced with clarity and interest.  It was the first time that Richard had heard a Caritas Harmony performance and in a note to the choir's concert organiser the following day, he made the following comments: 

"I am writing to say how much I enjoyed my evening with the ladies of Caritas Harmony.  Having worked with a good number of choirs up and down the land during the past 50 years it was lovely to find one of such a high standard 'on my doorstep' so to speak.  It may surprise some of your members but I cannot remember when I last worked with a choir who had committed - how many? - twenty numbers to memory, thus enabling every choir member to project their voice and, equally important, their feeling for the music 100 per-cent.  No down-cast eyes, no irritating page-turning to distract us.  Marvellous!  If only more would make that bit of extra effort to learn their lines and dispense with scores.  I'm sure you will have sensed that the feedback from the audience afterwards was very encouraging, a good many expressing the hope that it won't be too long before Caritas Harmony make a return trip to our town."

 

Compere for the evening at Hitchin Festival, Richard Whitmore

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 GALA CONCERT

 ST MARY'S CHURCH, LUTON

2 JULY 2016

On Saturday 2nd July the choir sang at their Gala Concert in St Mary's Church, Luton. Founder member Margaret Hale-Owens compered the performance. They sang a wide selection of music including a piece which was written for them by Chris Hazel entitled 'Dunstable Downs. Chris is a very well-known figure in the village of Studham and also well-known as a music arranger and composer. To end the first half the choir sang the very rousing 'One Day More' from Les Miserables. The second half was opened with the choir singing 'Our Time' by Stephen Sondheim and to end the performance the choir sang the popular 'Unchained Melody' by Alex North. A representative from MacMillan gave a short talk on his experience as a volunteer. Choir Chairman Brenda Wood made a presentation to Catherine Lidstone, to recognise her dedication and hard work as a choir member for over 13 years. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 STUDHAM CHURCH 18 DECEMBER 2016

A CONCERT GIVEN TO SUPPORT THE FRIENDS OF STUDHAM CHURCH

A truly wonderful concert at Studham Church.  As always an amazing collection of songs which demonstrate the choir's ability to tackle any genre.  This concert included a new composition by local composer Chris Hazell - 'Dunstable Downs' written by Chris specially for the choir.  Thank you Chris for this amazing opportunity to sing one of your compositions. Thank you also to Rev Nicola Lenthall for compering the evening so brilliantly.  Hoping for a good amount raised for The Friends of Studham Church.



The Church at Studham 

 

 

 Caritas Ladies waiting to start the concert

 

 Last minute checking of the music just before the concert

 

 Our lovely Chairperson, Brenda Wood

 

 SALVATION ARMY CONCERT

SATURDAY 14 MAY 2016

A message from The Salvation Army Concert organiser Ruth Howes

"Feedback from your concert has been highly appreciative and people want you to come back again.  It was absolutely thrilling and sent shivers down my spine and I know many others.  My friend was so emotional, she couldn't speak as she left but has since concated me and said just how much she was moved and blessed by your singing

 Salvation Army Concert May 2016 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 16 APRIL 2016

JOINT CONCERT WITH LUTON MALE VOICE CHOIR

ST MARY'S CHURCH, LUTON

On Saturday 16 April, Caritas Harmony shared the stage with the Luton Male Voice Choir in the beautiful setting of St Mary's church, Luton. There was a varied programme from both choirs and Caritas Harmony gave their first airing of ' Sing A Song of Sixpence'. We joined forces with the Luton Male Voice choir to sing the well known arrangement of ' The Lord is My Shepherd', better known by most as the theme tune from ' The Vicar of Dibley'. Margaret Blenkin, our Musical Director, asked Tracey Andrews, our outgoing Chairman, to choose her favourite piece of music from our extensive repertoire. She chose 'Cantique de Jean Racine', music by Gabriel Faure and we hope she enjoyed the performance as much as we enjoyed singing it.

 

 

 

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SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2016

BEDFORDSHIRE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

CORN EXCHANGE, BEDFORD

 

The choir took part in Bedfordshire's annual music festival on Saturday 5 March 2016 and won first place in the Open Category, singing three very different pieces of music; 'Joshua Fit The Battle' arranged by Earlene Rentz; 'I Am Not Yours' which is based on a poem by Sara Teesdale and arranged by T Childs and an English carol 'Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day' arranged by John Rutter.  In the second category, The Harding Memorial Bowl, the choir also won first place singing Billy Joel's 'And So It Goes' and Freddie Mercury's ever popular 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.  The choir was very pleased and proud of their achievement.  It was a very enjoyable evening and our thanks go to Margaret, the choir's Musical Director, for her dedication and hard work and also thanks go to our very talented pianist, Martin Hart. 

 



 


 



 


 

 


 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 


 

 

  


  


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 


 




 


 







 

 



 



   

 

  

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