Alnwick & District Choral Society

President, Her Grace, Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland

Society News

June 18, 2017 Come and Sing - Mozart's Requiem

June 18 witnessed a "first" for the society: a Come and Sing event. Forty guests came and sang the Mozart Requiem with us, giving a good-sized choir of 80+ voices.

The 'Come and Sing' choir in action

On a beautiful summer's day we gathered at St. Paul's church for rehearsals beginning at 12 noon. We rehearsed until 5 o'clock with a couple of breaks when we "refuelled" and enjoyed the sunshine outside, then performed the Requiem at 6 o'clock before a very appreciative audience.

Some of the solo parts were allocated to the full choir while others were sung by soloists from the choir: Vicky Johnson, Sue Baines Macneill. Richard Bishopp, Peter Biggers and Eric Brown.

A great experience made possible by the great commitment and energy of our conductor Peter Brown and organist Alan Gidney, not forgetting the weeks of planning and organization by Joyce Clayton and Jan Applegarth.

Joyce giving out the music. Margaret and Alan sat at the church organ Choir members rehearsing for their performance in St. Paul's church. Having lunch in the sunshine Relaxing in the sunshine Lunch time

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The 'Come and Sing' choir in action
April 9, 2017 Spring Concert

We sang Beethoven's Mass in C and Schubert's Mass in G.

For this concert we were joined by four professional soloists, all of whom had sung with us before: Lorna James, Marion Ramsay, Paul Rendall and Paul Gibson.

The photo, taken just before the concert, shows the four soloists with Peter Brown and Alan Gidney.

December 18, 2016 Christmas Concert

In a break from the recent past we moved this concert from the Playhouse to St. Paul's and presented a complete programme of carols and poetry.

The carols were more traditional than the choices made when sharing the concert with the Reg Vardy Brass Band. Poems, selected by Arlene Cadman, were also interspersed with the carols and delivered by choir members.

November 13, 2016 ~ Remembrance Sunday Concert

To mark Remembrance Sunday we sang Dvorak's Mass in D and Karl Jenkins' Motets, and Alan Gidney played an organ interlude, "Elegy" by W.S. Lloyd Webber.

Most of the photos show choir members gathering behind the altar in St. Paul's church before the concert, while others show the full choir "in close formation" taking bows at the end of the performance.

Choir members gathering behind the altar in St. Paul's church before the concert Choir members gathering behind the altar in St. Paul's church before the concert Choir members gathering behind the altar in St. Paul's church before the concert Peter Brown and choir members before the concert Alan Gidney before the concert Front of House Peter and Alison Choir members before the concert Choir members before the concert Choir members before the concert Choir members before the concert Choir members before the concert Choir members before the concert The full choir taking bows at the end of the performance The full choir taking bows at the end of the performance

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May 21, 2016 ~ Feel The Spirit and Songs of Freedom

The choir joined forces with seven other choirs from Alnwick and district to present a concert of music under the general title of Songs of Freedom at the Sage, Gateshead.

The main work was John Rutter's Feel The Spirit. Four of the bigger choirs also sang pieces to reflect the overall theme of the concert.

Hanna-Liisa Kirchin was our invited soloist and accompanists were Margaret Watchorn and Alan Gidney. A group of 13 instrumentalists joined the singers in Feel The Spirit. Peter Brown was musical director for the main work as well as for individual contributions from ourselves, the Playhouse Community Choir and the Rock Festival Choir.

The day was a unique and memorable experience for all involved even though it was a long one, involving as it did travel down to Gateshead, rehearsals during the day and the concert in the evening.

Feel the spirit of the Sage Waiting to rehearse Ladies in waiting Time for lunch The performance - taken from Alnwick Playhouse website Performing with Hanna-Liisa Kirchin - taken from Alnwick Playhouse website

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Coffee Morning

Fundraising events provide an excellent opportunity to get to know each other and meet the public. They do that extra bit to raise funds for the Society. A Coffee Morning was held in the Northumberland Hall on Saturday, 11th October. Thank you to all who worked hard to make it a success!

On the door Kitchen ladies At the sink Tombola Flower lady Joyce and Anne Coffee, Madam? Coffee Ladies at leisure

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News Archive

A Concert for Remembrance Day

Our Remembrance Day concert held in November 2012. Concert Programme (This is a large file and may take a few seconds to load)

Choral Society performing their Remembrance Day concert Members of the choir The programme included two compositions by Peter Brown our Conductor Two organ interludes were performed by our Accompanist, Alan Gidney Arlene Cadman and Trevor Porteous who read some poetry during the concert Glen Hogg who played 
	trumpet at the concert

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Congratulations!

Twenty members sang at the wedding of a former member at St Mary's Church, Longframlington in June 2012. They were accompanied on the organ by Alan Gidney.

Choral Society members in the pews Anne and her new husband John, greeting Anne Bagley, watched by members Pam and Roger Horn. Pam was 'matron of honour' to Anne. John and Anne greet Alan Gidney who played the organ for the service.

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Special Promotion!

Choir members carol singing at Sainsbury's last December. Staff and customers joined in the singing to make it a truly festive occasion.

The Choir & friends carol singing in Sainsbury's The Choir & friends carol singing in Sainsbury's The Choir & friends carol singing in Sainsbury's

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Annual Dinner

Choir members and their families enjoyed a night out at Blackmores, Alnwick. As the pictures show, everyone had a great time!

The Choir & friends enjoying a night out at Blackmores The Choir & friends enjoying a night out at Blackmores The Choir & friends enjoying a night out at Blackmores

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Alnwick Choral and The Knights Templar

Alnwick & District Choral Society sang at a Service of Thanksgiving on Saturday 28th June at Brinkburn Priory to commemorate the 70th year of the Brinkburn Preceptory of Knights Templar.

The Choir with The Knights Templar The Choir singing at a Service of Thanksgiving at Brinkburn Priory The Choir singing at a Service of Thanksgiving at Brinkburn Priory

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The event was brimming with pageantry and ceremony dating back to the 12th century. The Templars were in full regalia (complete with ceremonial swords) for a very moving service conducted by Revd Michael A. G. Bryce rector of Hartburn.

The Choral Society sang the haunting Peruvian Gloria as well as beautiful Ave Verum by Mozart.

Michael's Wedding and Jolanda's Engagement

Over the summer months love blossomed even more than usual for some of our members. Michael Tweed married Katherine Marshall and Jolanda became engaged to Charles. The Society wishes them every happiness for the future.

The Choir singing at Michael's Wedding Congratulations to Jolanda and Charles

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish!

Hilga (our wonderful previous librarian), Sybil, Ray, Anne, Bert, Gordon and Anne have retired from The Choral Society. David Anthonisz has retired as Treasurer after a lengthy and very successful term in office. The Society says a warm "thank you" for all their support and service and looks forward to seeing them all in the audience!

Welcome to Sally Onions as our new Treasurer.

Choir Retirees The Tremendous Treasure - David Anthonisz

Singing for your souper

Just before Christmas some members of the Choir joined in the Christmas celebrations at The Alnwick Garden. The selection of songs and carols proved very popular with the garden visitors and the Choir hope to perform again next Christmas. All singers were treated to a warming bowl of soup to thank them for their participation.

The Choir singing at Alnwick Garden Colin in action!

Daphne's Wedding ~ Society trades sleigh bells for wedding bells!

Together with conductor Colin Start and accompanist Scott Grey, Society members interrupted rehearsals to sing at the wedding of one of their members.