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7 p.m. – sorry about the glare!

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Christmas Concert

Our last Monday rehearsal of the Autumn term was given over to a small Christmas Concert – an opportunity to present our work of the term and to let our friends and families sing some carols. The weather was particularly difficult – icy under foot and bitterly cold, but about 50 people turned out to join us in some music, mince pies and hot drinks. Our retiring collection gathered £310 which we are in the process of delivering to the Family Food Bank in Ashford – a big thank you to our audience and members, especially given the current financial environment.

From Ashford Sinfonia – we wish everyone a very Happy Christmas, and all good fortune in the coming year.

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Christmas Concert Programme

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Susan Elkin also playing in this…

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Jubilee Concert

We were pleased to welcome some 40 guests to our concert held yesterday, 23rd May at St Mary’s Church Willesborough. Among them were a guest family from Ukraine, staying with our bassoonist, and Ros Parker, whose husband David sadly passed away recently – a much valued violinist member of our orchestra.

The concert was notable for the sheer pleasure exhibited by the various players in producing our programme for the evening. Starting with some English Dances in honour of our Queen’s Jubilee, we went on to play the Ukrainian National Anthem, and the Prayer of Ukraine, in solidarity with the people of that beleagured country. This was followed by Fauré’s ”Après une Rêve” sung by Steph Batchelor and accompanied by Gill Booker.

Following came a spirited rendition of Khachaturian’s Masquerade Waltz, and then Tim Bushnell’s soulful performance of ”Song for Lotte” on the trombone. Helen Marshal introduced us to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and we then went on to a medley from ”Oklahoma!” – coincidentally also one of the Queen’s favourites. The finale was Florence Price’s Juba Dance.

Thanks go in particular to Gill Booker for helping us get our heads round sometimes challenging music, to all members of the orchestra, and to our wonderful audience, who together raised £345 to send on to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal – a charity selected by Ros Parker in memory of her husband.

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Should be good!

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Another concert, close to home!

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Happy Christmas!

To all our members, their families and friends, and to all we have worked with over the last year, we wish you a very Happy Christmas, and all the best fortune and health for the coming year.

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Christmas Concert

Well, we finally did it – our first concert in two years. Together with Ashford Community Choir, Music Director Karen Hill, we gave of our best, and were joined by more than 100 friends, relatives and total strangers! Not to say that everything was perfect – there were the inevitable ‘not quite together’ moments, but quickly corrected, and not even noticed by the audience. Having spoken to many of them, they thoroughly enjoyed the event, and joined in with the singing despite having to wear masks.

Covid Risk Assessment was duly performed, precautions implemented, and hopefully nobody was infected. we can only hope this was the next step in the long return to normality for the orchestra. It also seems that several members of the choir would be keen to do more joint performances.

Well done to everyone concerned. Riding for the Disabled Association were very happy to report raising a sum of over £600, and we were very happy to have played our part in this.

Ashford Community Choir warming up
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And another….

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