This Monday evening saw us combining with Ashford Community Choir to give a Concert at Revelation St. Mary’s, Ashford in support of the Woodchurch Riding Group. The sense of excitement was evident from the moment we started setting up: we had had only one rehearsal with the choir, which in itself was great fun, and we had never heard them sing their choral pieces.
The evening started with the choir singing three songs, and we then launched into a selection from the Nutcracker Suite, and the half finished with choir and orchestra combining for “Somewhere In My Memory” from the John Williams score of “Home Alone”. The second half saw more choral pieces, and then a succession of carols, including a medley written by our own Gill Booker – who also adapted several of the other pieces – sung by the choir and accompanied by the orchestra.
The very capable leadership of both Karen Hill and Gill Booker kept both amateur ensembles in the right places, the songs were accompanied by Wendy Heaton on the piano, and a substantial audience of supporters seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Hopefully this will be the first of many joint efforts between these two groups. And so Christmas begins…
Footnote: the evening raised £994 for the charity!
We are getting ever closer to Christmas, and the various rehearsals and concerts. On Tuesday 27th November we are having a rehearsal at Norton Knatchbull School TN24 0QJ which is Hythe Road, Ashford. The school’s gates will be open, and you can park in the school. We will be rehearsing with the choir from 1900 to 2030, and on our own for the next half hour. As a consequence we will NOT be rehearsing on Monday 26th November.
The Concert is at Revelation St Mary’s, Ashford, parking at Vicarage Lane car park, free from 1830. Further info about start time to follow, as there has been a little confusion!
Further information about the Towers Theatre Concert also to follow.
There will be no rehearsal on Monday 22nd October as it is half term. We resume as normal the following week.
This year we will be taking part in two Christmas concerts – the first being our by now traditional performance with Hythe Salvation Army Band and Community Choir. Sadly, the tickets for this concert were released very early this year, and are now fully taken up. The concert is on 9th December, and we will be reverting to our 2 p.m. rehearsal, as we will not have met with Wes again until that afternoon.
The second concert will be the following day, Monday 10th December, in conjunction with Ashford Community Choir, and will take place in St Mary’s church in Ashford town centre. The concert will start at 7.30 p.m., and we will meet a little before that to warm up – probably 7.00 p.m.
From Emma Murton at Revelation Ashford (St Mary’s as was)
I hope this message reaches you well and you’re enjoying the sunshine! I wanted to let you and your fellow musicians at Ashford Sinfonia know Green Matthew’s exciting show ‘A Brief History of Music’ which is taking place at Revelation in Ashford on Saturday 11th August.
The latest show from acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews takes in 600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history. Listen to the second oldest recorded English song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8-crHMjhQA
It’s going to be a whirlwind, unique and up-close night of English music and we would like to offer you and your members 15% off tickets when bought online with the promotional code HOM15 – book online now at https://revelationashford.cloudvenue.co.uk/abriefhistoryofmusicgreenmatthews
Hope to see you at Revelation soon!