16th December 2017
Asda ~ Kettering
Well what a wonderful end to our Christmas entertaining, wearing Christmas jumpers and hats and smiling faces all round, plus our own Rudolph the red nosed reindeer accompanying us on the piano. A fantastic, relaxed time, to do what we all enjoy most and sing and entertain the shoppers as they face the stress of all the business of Christmas shopping.
We had our charity joining us, the Samaritans, collecting for a great cause, and we even got them joining in with some of the carols and there was the jingle of the coins filling the buckets. Hopefully they have raised a good amount.
On a sad note we said farewell to our accompanist.
We started the term with uncertainty. But we honoured all our commitments to a high standard and now we can look forward to new beginnings in the new year.
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Contributed by Sandra Greenaway
Seagrave Singers Second Soprano and Assistant Muscial Director
13th December 2017
Burton Latimer Ladies Club
We enjoyed our final "formal" concert this year at Burton Latimer Ladies Club which took place in the Methodist Church Hall. Fortunately the snow which had been a worry to drivers two nights previously at our social evening event in Rockingham had mostly cleared. However we did have quite heavy rain instead, and it was still very cold, but this did not deter our audience of ladies for our concert.
We were welcomed into a very warm hall, which was a huge contrast from the freezing church we stepped into to remove our coats and scarves etc! I think we all made a very hurried return back into the warm, and full hall.
We bagan our concert in good voice and the response from our audience was immediate and very encouraging. They all enjoyed our repertoire of mostly very well known Christmas classics, but also, it was said in the vote of thanks, that it was lovely to hear some new ones that were previously unknown to them and they were clearly appreciated.
We ran through the concert without a break, and the audience joined in very well with our sing-along carols. We were then treated to hot drinks, along with mince pies and Christmas cake, and we all enjoyed the reward for our efforts.
It was a most pleasant and worthwhile evening singing for the ladies, who were a very responsive audience.
Contibuted by Ida Snape
Seagrave Singers Soprano
1st December 2017
" A European Christmas" at St Mary's Church, Burton Latimer
It was a cold and wet evening on Friday 1st December 2017 as a large audience gathered at St. Mary's Church, Burton Latimer where they received a warm welcome.
It was time for the Seagrave Singers Christmas Concert. Choir members had rehearsed, and worked hard, over the past weeks and were ready to perform.
The first half of the programme started with "Bethlehem", a firm favourite with choir members. We then went on a trip around Europe, starting in France then to Spain, a quick journey north to Austria and then back to the UK for songs from England, Ireland and Wales. Also included in the first half was one of John Betjemans Christmas poems......and a very sad song about two love lost goslings.
The interval gave everyone a chance to stretch their legs and have some refreshment.
The second half of the programme included well known Christmas songs and carols. There were also two readings, "Mary's Shopping List" and "Thank You Letter". With the help of the audience together we sang "12 Days of Christmas" with visual aids. The evening concluded with "A Merry Christmas".
Many thanks to Sandra, Karen, soloists, readers and helpers which all made for a great start to Christmas.
Contibuted by Diane Batey
Segrave Singer ~ Alto
4th November 2017 ~ "Autumn Serenade"
Choir in rehearsal in St Mary's Church
A collaboration with Suzanne Newman in Twyford, Hampshire
A joint concert with Jewel Tones, and Abbey Junior School Chamber Choir
Arriving at Kettering Cornmarket Car Park, for an early and very wet start, I dripped up the aisle of the coach to find a seat wondering what I was going to do to fill the day of my first outing with the Seagrave Singers.
I needn't have worried!
By the time we had reached our scheduled "bio break" stop, the clouds had blown away and the gingerbread latte I had blew away the remaining cobwebs.
Reaching Henley on Thames around midday ~ after and exciting detour down a single track road by the river ~ we alighted at the Little Angel where we were booked to eat lunch.
We had the Conservatory to ourselves and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of my fellow choristers......the food was pretty good too!
After lunch we had a few hours free in Henley, which I spent window shopping and wandering around the charity shops with Steph (Lindley).
There we discovered that we couldn't afford a house in the area, or the handmade chocolate shop, nor the "pre-loved" Gucci shoes!
Our favourite place was The Tudor House Aladdin's Cave ~ full of items from our Grandparents' era.
After a well earned cup of tea we then got back on the bus for the short trip to Twyford, being treated to the sight of a lovely sunset over the Thames on the way.
So to the main event, in St Mary's Church Twyford.This was a joint concert with 2 girls choirs, Jewel Tones, conducted by Suzanne Newman, and Abbey Junior School Chamber Choir, conducted by Ruth Adams.
And what an event it was too!
Both girl choirs were of an extrememly high standard and so enthusiastic.
Adding a full to capacity audience, it made for a wonderful evening.
The highlight for me being "Going Up A Yonder" sung en masse by all 3 choirs.
The journey home was made more interesting by various firewrok displays and the singing from the back of the coach.
All in all a lovely day, and I very much look forward to our next outing.
Contributed by Di Evans ~Seagrave Singers second soprano
16th June 2017 ~ "On A Wonderful Day"
A Joint Concert arranged by Voices Aloud
in aid of Kettering General Hospital Intensive Care Unit
The day of the joint concert has arrived! Joint....not only two choirs but for our family too. Hubby Kevin is about to make his debut performance with Voices Aloud. Costumes have been obtained, (mainly from charity shops, particularly for Kevin!) washed, ironed and ready to go! It is a warm one so we know it could be a sticky evening under the lights of the thearte stage, especially with the Les Mis woolly shawls. We arrive together and go off to our spearate dressing rooms with the obligatory "break a leg". Kevin is a bit nervous, and I feel like a veteran (very smug)!
The whole evening was brilliant with great camaraderie between the 2 choirs, and maybe a little bit of competition too! The auditorium was full and the audience appeared to enjoy the evening, but more importantly a substanstial amount of money, £1,089.84 including a bucket collection, was raised for Kettering General Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
Singing in a choir is one of the best feelings in the world. Good for both physical and mental well being. Come and join us.
Contributed by Lynne Parker ~
Seagrave Singers Alto
Lahnstein 27th May 2017 - 1st June 2017
At the end of May 2017 Seagrave Singers were once again in Lahnstein, Germany, twinned with our home town Kettering. Weather was a scorching 30 degrees. Our first singing date was at a church service beside the beautiful Rhein river, where we sang 4 pieces and improvised some accompaniment to the clergyman taking the service who occasionally broke out in song and played his guitar. This is music festival after all. After lunch we were again part of the Lahneck Live music festival with a more light-hearted repertoire. Although it was really hot we enjoyed the experience and had a very appreciative audience which included members of the Kettering/Lahnstein twinning committee. Later there was time for relaxation listening to the other performers in the lovely setting by the river, or cooling down with a refreshing drink before going back to our hotel for dinner.
The second day of our singing tour saw the coach following the river for a few miles to Bad Ems. We had free time in the morning and some of us ambled a little way along the picturesque riverside to find a shady spot to sit and have a drink, others walked along into the town, some went for a ride on the funicular railway, and Linda obviously had too much energy for her own good as she walked all the way to the top of very high hill and back. After lunch we sang in a bandstand by the river; another spectacular venue. The temperature by now was 34 degrees and the audience was not huge, but was appreciative. We must have sung with some finesse as well, with such energy as we could muster as MD Sue Peel felt we all deserved a treat - ice creams all round!!
Whilst walking around Lahnstein a little later, what a treat for some ladies to stumble upon men singing, it was the Lahnstein Shanty Choir rehearsal. Fabulous singing in a dedicated rehearsal room with bar! What a treat.
We had free time all day on Tuesday and we spent the day at the old walled town of Ahrweiler. Through the stone archway and within the walls was a central market place, a church and cobbled streets lined with quaint buildings, cafes and - wait for it - yes, SHOPS, and what do women do best? A good time was had by all; shopping, tourist train ride and again it was very hot so iced coffee and ice creams were the order of the day.
Our last day in Germany. We set off with a guided coach trip along the River Rhine, with its many splendid castles and colourful history. We stopped to see the 34 ft tall Niederwalddenkmal Monument, built to commemorate the unification of Germany in 1870/80s. Some of the ladies bravely continued their journey to Rudesheim on the cable car, the less brave continued on the coach. We spent time in lovely Rudesheim and many of us had to try the special coffee.
Our last performance was on a wonderful river trip with the twinners in the evening. We then danced the night away including us doing an impromptu flash-mob 'Si si si' to complete a brilliant tour.
Contributor ~ Jean Lawrence
Alto Seagrave Singer
19th May 2017 ~ "A Celebration Of Life"
in aid of Crazy Hats Breast Cancer appeal
On the 19th May 2017 The Seagrave Singers joined The Frutones and Crazy Hats Choir for a joint concert at All Saints Church, Midland Road, Wellingbough.
The evening was compered by Nigel Adair.
A fun musical evening that raised over £2,000 for the Crazy Hats Charity.
A good time was had by all.
Contributed to Judith Evans ~
Seagrave Singer alto