Recruiting Now!

Monday 19 September 2016 – 7.30 pm

 

Free open rehearsal with cake and coffee!

Come with us on our new adventure to become the ‘Choir of Choice’!

Also watch out for details of our ‘Come and Sing Mary Poppins’ day on 25 September at Ushaw College in Durham – details soon.

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Land of Singing Waters – Words and Music from Northumbria and Beyond

Our summer concert this year was held on Saturday 11 June 2016 in the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Westgate Road; a new venue for the choir.
We were joined by some North East celebrities in an event featuring music, words, and even some dancing, from the local area and beyond.

Kevin Whately
Kitty Whately
Madelaine Newton
Will Lang and Guests
Pianist Joseph Middleton
Music by Will Todd and Will Lang along with more traditional folk music

REVIEW: The Chronicle and Journal published this fantastic review by David Whetstone: click here for review

Prior to the concert, the Chronicle and Journal also published this article with more information about the Whatelys, and the link which was uncovered between the Tyne Theatre and our Chairman! – Chronicle Live Article

Thank you to everyone involved in making this event a great success, and if you came along we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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The Creation – Joseph Haydn

Our concert on Saturday 19 March 2016 featured The Creation by Haydn, and was held in the Banqueting Suite of Newcastle Civic Centre.

These fabulous soloists joined us:
Angela Hicks, Soprano
Ben Thapa, Tenor
Dominic Barberi, Bass

We were supported by our friends Orchestra North East, and our Musical Director Mark Anyan conducted.

This concert was dedicated to the memory of John Parker, loyal member of the choir who died in November 2015.  A closing collection was held in aid of the Hadrian Trust, and raised over £730.  The Trust is a registered charitable trust allocating grants to charities and groups working for the benefit of the people and the environment of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, including Hartlepool, for which John acted as solicitor, trustee, correspondent and administrator for almost 40 years.

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BE HAPPY – JOIN A CHOIR!

New Choir Term – New Singing Opportunity

Always loved singing but not sure about joining a choir?

Would like to sing in a concert with professional guest artists?

Join us!  Come along for a try first without any commitment.

Rehearsals are held each Monday evening, starting at 7.30 pm at:

St John’s Church
Kingston Park Avenue
Kingston Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 2HB
– opposite Next, near Tesco.

We are currently working towards a performance of Haydn’s The Creation in March.  Come along and join in.

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Carol Singing

In the run up to Christmas, we enjoyed some carol singing:-

On 12 December we sang in Eldon Square on behalf of the Samaritans, and helped to raise an amazing £1253.  Thank you to everyone who came along to support us.

On 19 December we were pleased to have 2 slots singing in The Alnwick Garden.

We also helped provide some festive cheer for the residents of a care home in Newcastle.

Looking forward to next year……….!

 

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Mass in Blue / Christmas

Our concert on 5 December 2015 was held in the Banqueting Suite of Newcastle Civic Centre.  The main feature was Mass in Blue, by local composer Will Todd.  We were delighted that the Will Todd Trio, including of course the composer, took part in our performance.  The Trio was really fantastic, as was Sue Ferris playing saxophone.    Soprano soloist Lorna James was absolutely fabulous.

In addition to the exciting Mass in Blue performance, there was a selection of favourite traditional Christmas music to provide seasonal cheer, and we were pleased to be accompanied by the great Mike Dutton on piano.

The choir thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and hope the audience did too!

 

We held a closing collection in aid of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which provides support to families with a seriously ill child.  Will Todd is very close to this charity, and he spoke about its work at the concert.
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Rugby World Cup – press release 6 Oct 2015

Newcastle Choral Society tackles the Anthems!

Newcastle Choral Society is currently singing to the choir’s largest ever audience – at Rugby World Cup 2015.

The choir was appointed to lead the singing of the national anthems at all three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches being held in October at St James Park, Newcastle, following a chance approach from Progress Productions, the Sports Presentation partner to England Rugby 2015.

This presented the choir with the unusual opportunity of singing to an audience of more than 50,000 people in the stadium – and many millions watching the matches around the world.

The chairman of Newcastle Choral, Charmian Marshall says: “This is a unique set of performances for a choir more used to singing in the Sage than St. James Park – our biggest audience ever!  Huge excitement ensued at the news, local members from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Sage Gateshead Quay Voices were invited to join us, then the debate about what to wear! Finally we settled on black sweatshirts with the choir logo in white from a local supplier, and very smart we looked at the first of the matches, South Africa v Scotland on Saturday 3rd October, as we marched with military precision to our spot, centre stage in the middle of the pitch. Such an exhilarating experience buoyed up by the roar of the fans, and the huge round of applause as we left the pitch to take up our seats – Wow! All that practicing of unusual languages in the South African anthem paid off – ‘Flower of Scotland’ was a breeze! ”

Two more matches to come! More dialects and language to polish up – no music allowed on the field! This Friday 9th October we will sing the New Zealand and Tongan anthems at the match which starts at 20.00 and on Saturday 10th October, with Samoa and Scotland kicking off at 14.30.

 

The Choir in Print!  We also featured in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle on 7 October.  Read the article, see the photographs and enjoy viewing some video HERE!

 

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