9th November 2019
Concert of Remembrance at Fuller Baptist Church
On Saturday the 9th November 2019 the Seagrave Singers joined with other singing groups, soloists and a brass band (as follows) in Kettering's
The Decibelles - Wollaston Singers - Sound Sensation - Kim Chamberlain - Georgina Stock -
Rohan Platts - Bobby Crick, Joshua Daniel - Kettering Town Silver Band.
Kettering Town Silver Band started off the concert playing the Royal Air Force March Past followed by the Seagrave Singers, conducted by Assistant Musical Director, Sandra Greenaway, singing For the Beauty of the Earth.
Many lovely songs were sung by the groups and soloists - to name a few - In Flanders Fields (very moving) - Fields of Gold - I Dreamed a Dream - We Shall Overcome - The Rose - A Nightingale Sang (Seagrave Singers) - Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Gaelic Blessing (Seagrave Singers) - Holy Holy Holy. There was also a couple of readings and items played on the harp, plus some hymns the audience could join in.
To signify the whole point of the concert Bobby Crick recited - At the Going Down of the Sun - and played the Last Post on his bugle.
The Concert was very beautifully performed by all concerned and there were some moving and poignant moments throughout.
8th July 2019
Seagrave Singers "Family and Friends Concert"
This was a smaller, more intimate, concert than we usually perform. This was because we wanted to stage something just for family and friends, then mingle together and enjoy our Summer Social Event afterwards.
This was a particularly special concert because we presented Johnny's Happy Place with a cheque for £1,000. A huge thank you to anyone who donated to this cause through the Seagrave Singers. The cheque was accepted by James Varlow, chairman of the charity. He was incredibly thankful for our donation.
We built on our previous performance and had a good time showing off our different styles from the peaceful Seal Lullaby to the fun and upbeat Disney Medley.
We are looking forward to being involved in the Remembrance Concert, and beginning rehearsals for the exciting Christmas season. We hope to see you there!
Contributed by Sarah Whitlock
27th June 2019
"Miss Read Remembered" with Rothwell Junior School
Rothwell Methodist Church
This concert was a Memorial Concert for Margaret Read, a long time choir member of the Seagrave Singers, and previously the Cavendish Singers.
The concert was held in Rothwell Methodist Church, where Margaret had been an active member. It was a beautiful, warm evening.
Margaret's sister, Janet, thanked us all, particularly Sandra who organised the concert, Jonathan our MD, and Gill our accompanist. The good attendance and warm reception we received bear witness to the fondness and high regard which we all hold Margaret.
The event raised £367 for Rothwell Methodist Church, from a leaving collection after the concert. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Contributed by Deborah Reed
25th May 2019
Lunchtime recital at St Mary the Virgin Church, Higham Ferrers
We had our first concert of 2019 in the lovely church of St Mary's in Higham Ferrers. This coincided with the monthly farmers market. Shoppers came in to listen to us singing many songs, from different shows. It was lovely to see the church so full. We sang from 11.30 am until 12.30 pm.
Contributed by Liz Beeby
22nd December 2018
On a cold but sunny afternoon, just before Christmas, the choir, along with Jonathan, gathered in The Orangery at Barton Hall. We had been asked to sing at a wedding!
The guests duly made their way in, followed by the groom and best man, looking extremely elegant. Then the moment everyone was waiting for arrived. A white limousine delivered the bride and bridesmaids to the door, and they entered the Orangery. The bride looked stunning! The guests, in high spirits, joined in with our singing, as requested by the bride, and were very appreciative with shouts and applause. When asked if anyone knew of any just cause why the couple should not be joined together, a baby caused uproar by choosing that moment to cry out. As the couple prepared to leave, one of our newer members, Sarah, led everyone in "All I Want For Christmas is You" and earned herself a big cheer.
The choir continuted to sing Christmas songs whilst the photographs were being taken, even though space was at a premium. However, in true Seagrave Singers style, we soldiered on.
All in all it was a lovely occasion (if a little chilly) and hopefully we helped to make the day a memorable one for the happy couple.
Contributed by Deborah Harvey
15th December 2018
Singing at Asda
Once again, choir member Kay arranged for the choir to sing Christmas Carols in the Kettering ASDA store. This we did over the lunchtime period, greeting customers who were in the middle of their pre-Christmas shopping. Family members of new choir recruit Carol were among the shoppers, and it was lovely to see their smiling, happy faces.
We dressed in Christmas jumpers and choir fleeces, so we would be warm standing near the door. To add to the fun we also wore an array of jolly Christmas hats (some lit). Jonathan lead the choir and Gill played the keyboard. This year our bucket collection was for the Kettering-based charity "Johnny's Happy Place". It was a delight to be supporting a local cause.
We sang from a handbook, organised by choir member Steph, as well as singing Christmas songs from our repertoire. The shoppers particularly liked our version of Frosty the Snowman!!
During our break we were supplied with hot drinks and biscuits by ASDA, so we were suitably refreshed for the second half.
Performing here certainly got the choir into the Christmas spirit.....and hopefully the shoppers too.
Contributed by Pauline L M Youngs
An elf! (normally a top sop!)
11th December 2018
A concert for Sywell WI
On a cold but sunny afternoon, just before Christmas, the choir, along with Jonathan
Following an invitation, on Tuesday evening the choir sang at the Christmas party of the Sywell Womens Institute. We were engaged to entertain the ladies following their evening meal.
We had been asked to join them for the meal and many of the choir members joined them before we gave our performance. It was a lovely meal, and for choir members who chose not to eat "supper" there were Christmas nibbles to enjoy.
We sang a mixture of songs and carols from our Christmas programme and they were well received. Communal singing of carols chosen by the WI members followed this.
It was a lovely relaxed evening and we received many compliments as we left the ladies to continue with their partying!
Contributed by Jan Lewis
7th December 2018
After a quick warm up of voices, we entered the church to find a welcoming audience, and blasted our first carol "This Little Babe", by Benjamin Britten. It was a real tongue twister and over in 80 secs. We were off....
Nerves settled, Jonathan smiling, and a great intro from our entertaining and relaxed compare, Simon Lindley, we offered a varied programme. This included readings, duets, quartets. sextets and a couple of "audience participation" carols.
The choir sang traditional carols, some light hearted fun numbers, including a radio favourite, "Fairytale of New York" originally by the Pogues back in the 80's. We were also delighted to present "Away In a Manger" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", both new arrangements written by none other than our MD.
Our chosen charity, Johnny's Happy Place, sold raffle tickets and the many prizes on offer hopefully raised a significant amount of money.
During the interval refreshments and nibbles were available for all........the choir needed sustenance after all!!
And let's not forget our budding cameraman and helper Ronan who did an amazing job throughout the night. And of course, our brilliant pianist, Jill.
The evening all too soon over, all our rehearsing put to good use. We ventured home, tired, exhilarated, reflective.....and looking forward to our next concert. Roll on Tuesday evening and our concert for Sywell WI.
Contributed by Maxine Reynolds
23rd November 2018
"A Poppy Concert" , Thrapston
Tonight, in aid of the Royal British Legion, The Poppy Concert at The Plaza, Thrapston was extremely entertaining. There was joyous singing from the Seagrave Singers to and apprciative audience.
All the Seagrave Singers had been looking forward to the chance to perform for such an important cause and show our support. All the hard work paid off with a varied programme and some beautiful solos.
"Lest we forget".
Contibuted by Sam Farrow