Author Archives: Fiona Funnell

St George’s Day Celebration at The Hub

18 brave singers represented Delicious Sounds Choir at the St George’s Day celebration at The Hub, City College, organised by the inimitable Charlie Hislop. Unfortunately Charlie was ill, so the event was spontaneously hosted by John Denham and his two assistants. Charlie wasn’t the only person off sick; a group of students who were due to perform extracts from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’  were also ill. This meant that we were asked to perform 40 minutes ahead of schedule… Now, I’m all for spontaneity, but Continue reading →

Almost sold out…

Four days til our gig at Hanger Farm on Friday, and there are just 22 tickets left! Wow. I’m delighted. This evening’s rehearsal will give us a chance to polish and hone the lovely harmonies, knowing that we will have a big audience to appreciate our musical endeavours.

Ooh, what to wear?

Last night at choir, a singer asked what we would be wearing for our concert at Hanger Farm on 6th March. I do love the whole aspect of dressing up to sing, choosing a colour, having an excuse to go round the charity shops and find just the right outfit. For me, it’s all part of the fun!

Time for a lie down…

Last night was the choir’s third and final festive performance of 2014. We sang in West Quay next to Santa’s Grotto and brought a bit of a capella magic to the place. Well done all for the truly uplifting rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. Saturday’s free lunchtime concert at Southampton City Art Gallery was pretty packed. The Mayor loved it. Everyone loved it! We collected £168 for the Rainbow Project and Southampton Samaritians. Rosie Marshall gave a splendid rendition of Tom Lehrer’s ‘Christmas Carol’, and the Continue reading →

12 days to go

There are now twelve days until Delicious Sounds Choir sings in public for the first time. The Mayor will be coming to support the free lunchtime concert at Southampton City Art Gallery on Saturday 13th December at 1pm. I have contacted the Mayor’s charities; The Rainbow Project and Suthampton Samaritans as we will be making a collection for them. The concert will be festive with a twist (have you ever heard Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus with djembe drumming before?!)  

Three Rehearsals Left!

I find the process of teaching songs to a choir fascinating. I enjoy the challenge of handing over each song part to you singers, then the enjoyment (and relief!) when you sing the parts back to me in 3 or 4 part harmony, mostly with frowns of concentration on your faces. My co-teacher, Sandra, is a real asset to the process. She and I have spent many a hysterical hour working through the abridged score of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, laughing our way through the sticky Continue reading →

Choir, Coffee and Cake!

Join Delicious Sounds Choir  this Saturday 15th November, 11am, at  Caffe Momento, Guildhall Square. Adam Barnes will be there with his  camera capturing the social side to Delicious Sounds Choir. We’ll sing one song at 11.30ish. (Winter Warmer). If you would like to join us but were not at choir last night, please let me know so I can let the lovely Franco know how many to expect for coffee and cake (I recommend the apple tart!). Here’s the list so far: Fiona, Rudi, Stella, Continue reading →

Prep for next week

Great rehearsal last night. That Hallelujah Chorus is beginning to rock rather than be rocky! We have now sung in part all of the songs from this term’s repertoire. For next week please will you prep the following: Hallelujah Chorus – Consolidate ‘The kingdom of this world’; familiarise next section ‘King of Kings’ to end ‘Hallelujahs’. Patapan – Listen to your song part (there are only 3 parts) Holly and the Ivy – Listen to your song part. Let me know if you would like Continue reading →

First Choir Coffee Morning and combined Photoshoot! Sign up at choir on Monday if you can attend so I can tell the charming Franco how many to expect for coffee on Saturday 15th November 11am Cafe Momento, Guildhall Square, Southampton. Come prepared to buy coffee and delicious (do you see what I did there?!) cake from the charming Franco and his friendly staff. He knows we may burst into song! I suggest we sing the Winter Warming Song at 11.30am. Adam Barnes will be taking Continue reading →