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, They made their entrance. 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
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
29th October 2018
New Buckenham, Norfolk
Early on Sunday morning the choir travelled by coach to New Buckenham in Norfolk for a joint concert with New Buckenham Silver Band.
It was a beautiful sunny day and we were able to enjoy the lovely Autumn colours of the Norfolk countryside as our driver negotiaited the sometimes narrow, country roads. We arrived in plenty of time to enjoy our packed lunch and a cup of tea prior to the afternoon concert.
The programme comprised of well known band marches, items from better known musicals, songs from the "Swing" era and a little Gershwin. The band and choir joined forces for a rendition of "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", arranged by Jonathan, our musical director. To end the concert the audience joined the choir and the band in a rousing "Hootnanny".
A good time was had by all!
Contributed by Anne Goddard
14th September 2018
Grafton Underwood Church
In the pleasant setting of Grafton Underwood Church on a Friday evening we perfromed a varied programme in front of about eighty appreciative people. This was a return visit, and one audience member said it was the best concert he'd been to there.
Our programme included songs from the musicals, the "Oliver Medley" being particularly well received, there were spiritual songs, and choral pieces by the well known composers John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. There were five soloists and one reading.
The highlight of the evening, apart from our fine performance, was a free glass of wine for choir members! And a happy face from Jonathan after (most of) the songs. Gill, our accompanist, likewise performed very well.
Contributed by Sephanie Bell,
19th July 2018
Christ the King Church, Kettering
Contributed by Christine Jolley
14th July 2018
Kino Lounge as part of the KettFest Celebrations
Standing in a colourful flash of bright pink we took our places to open this year's KettFest celebrations. The Kettering Town Cryer cheerfully (and loudly) announced our opening song, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". The weather was warm and no rainbows in sight, but the song was certainly received well by the by-standers who had stopped on their busy Saturday morning in Kettering.
The Seagrave Singers, being a four part ladies choir, meant there was a lot of good-humoured banter on the small area provided at the Kino Lounge. As the familiar notes soared through the air, we sang "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music" and shoppers stopped, to take the weight off their feet and listen to our tuneful melodies. Certainly we received an appreciative round of applause by those who had gathered to listen. While we sang the medley "Saint's Go Marchin'" there was much foot tapping and clapping from the public.
When we had finished our "set" Jonathan, our Musical Director, decided there was time for an encore, and in a beautiful sea of pink and musical notes (scarves) we rose to the occasion!
Contributed by Louise Willis
25th May 2018
A fantastic start to our 2018 season. With our new MD and Accompanist, the choir performed at Moulton Theatre on Friday 21st May.
The choir were invited by members of Moulton Players to perform “Songs from the Shows” in their auditorium, as part of their monthly social evening. The choir thoroughly enjoyed performing in this grade II listed, converted Methodist Chapel, as the performance had a very special and intimate feel to it. The auditorium only seats 68 people.
A variety of musical medleys were sung, including Broadway Blockbusters, Oliver and Les Miserables, The Sound of Music and You’ll Never Walk Alone. Our two soloists sang beautifully; Rosemary - “Someone Like You”, from the show Jekyll & Hyde and Alison - “If I Loved You” from Carousel. We ended with the song Cabaret as an encore.
After the performance the audience joined in a quiz to try and guess the names of the shows the songs were from.
The choir were made to feel very welcome, and after singing and standing for nearly 1 hour, appreciated the refreshments and a cheese and biscuit supper the Theatre laid on for them.
A successful and enjoyable evening was had by all and definitely a venue we would like to go back to.
Contributed by Teresa White
Seagrave Singer Alto, Committee Member, Treasurer & Librarian
21st May 2018
Samaritans Cheque Presentation
Last month Seagrave Singers were able to present a cheque for £1000 to Kettering Samaritans. This was a result of fundraising to support the local branch of a national charity. Our biggest fund raising event was our Christmas concert held at St Mary's Church, Burton Latimer last December, that certainly seems a long time ago!
The Samaritans rely on donations to support the amazing service they offer. The Kettering branch of the Samaritans is based in Montagu Street and offers a face-to-face service in addition to telephone support. They also have an outreach team.
We were delighted to make this donation to such a worthy charity and wish them well for the future.
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.
Quote, from Georgia age 5yrs ~ "Nonnie's choir is the best choir in the world!"
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