Final session of this term in God’s House Tower

Fiona announced this week that we would be singing our final session in the historic God’s House Tower on Town Quay. God’s House Tower is a late 13th century gatehouse into the old town of Southampton, England. It stands at the south-east corner of the town walls and permitted access to the town from the Platform and Town Quay. It has served as the town gaol and housed the Museum of Archaeology. The building is Grade II listed and a scheduled ancient monument. The acoustics Continue reading →

New term starts soon

Summer is almost over, although this week is fantastic, and it’s time to think about keeping ourselves occupied in the long haul up to Christmas so what better than to join a choir and get all the health benefits of singing. No doubt our first session on Monday September 12th will be a noisy affair with everyone trying to catch up on all the news after the summer (we are worse than school students!) Fiona will then try to restore some order to begin the Continue reading →

Sing for Water 2016

An excited choir rehearsed in the afternoon of Sunday 3rd July ready for the 15th Mini festival in aid of WaterAid. Some of us were a little confused as most of the songs were about water and boats, but we managed to distinguish them in the end. ‘Boat on the River’ became ‘Boat on the River Volga’ to the sopranos as our introductory section sounded very Russian! We enjoyed our two African songs as we usually do and we were joined by Dan Ahuma-Akboto of Continue reading →

Under 3 weeks to go!!

We have 2 rehearsals left before our big event of the year to raise money for WaterAid at Turner Sims on Sunday 3rd July. We are now polishing all the songs and thinking about our performance. Southampton Gay Men’s Chorus will join us next rehearsal as we are singing ‘I am a River’ together. It should be a great sound. The women will be outnumbered for once. So sing up girls!! We will be very happy to perform again with One Root Drummers. Their energy Continue reading →

Start of a new set of songs to learn

Choir is now happily learning the songs for the Sing for Water festival here in Southampton and in Bath in July. Unsurprisingly there are several about rivers and the sea! We have some new choir members including some male tenors; the choir now feels more balanced in terms of each of the parts and we are all getting to know each other even better – helped by last week’s Monday Club at the Blue Keys near to Archers Road.

Sing for Water West

Last night at choir everyone got very excited at the thought of singing to raise money for WaterAid in front of the Royal Crescent in Bath. There was talk of making a weekend of it and several of our hardy members are hoping to camp. Camp fire songs all round, I think!

Students from Winchester University

This week we had three students studying ‘Vocal and Choral Studies’ visit us to observe how Fiona taught us. It was good for us just before our concert to have outside observers. They said we were like professionals!! One of them, Emily, will be returning on Monday 14 March to teach us some songs as part of her assessment. It will be quite nerve wracking for her but I know we will do everything to make it as successful as possible for her. Fiona can Continue reading →

Burns Night

Our choir rehearsal this week fell on Burns Night so we couldn’t ignore the occasion. We began the evening singing some well-known Scottish songs (although no-one knew the words to ‘Donald, where’s your trewsers?’) Then, it was down to business to rehearse the current repertoire ready for the concert at the Art Gallery on 12th March. We are singing ‘I got rhythm’, ‘If I had a Hammer’ and a Russian song ‘Tebye Piom’ amongst others. After a lot of hard work with the harmonies we Continue reading →

Twelfth Night

Last night (6 Jan) we enjoyed a meal at the Aspire Restaurant at The Hub, City College, Southampton. Here students who are learning to be chefs, waiters, barristas etc practise their skills on the public. You can go for lunch or on a Wednesday evening for a very reasonable price. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. We even had a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new term! Then it was back to Fiona’s for more bubbly and discuss the new repertoire…..amongst other things. Continue reading →