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Phoenix Summer Newsletter 2012

posted 25 Jul 2012, 06:35 by Penny Thompson   [ updated 25 Jul 2012, 06:42 ]

Hello everyone

Another busy year has ended and I wanted to thank you all for your enthusiasm and goodwill throughout the year, which led to some excellent performances.  I wish you all a good summer break, and am taking the opportunity to give you plenty of advance notice of next year’s dates, so that you can get them into your diaries in good time to avoid clashes. 

Matt has produced a schedule for the whole year, which is attached. He has included extra rehearsals each term and has marked boxes around those rehearsals which are compulsory.  For those marked as Open Rehearsals, we hope you will bring friends along to sing with us.

I have picked out a few key dates below, with a little more information on some of the activities which will take place in connection with our bid to the BBC Performing Arts Fund to stage a concert in Town Hall next summer.  Part of this concert will be a 20 minute newly-commissioned work, written by Matt especially for the occasion, which I’m sure you’ll agree shows a wonderful commitment to Phoenix Singers.

Wednesday 12 September 2012            7 pm – 10 pm.  This will be an extended rehearsal, with writer Mandy Ross coming along to do a workshop with us on the theme of ‘peace’, to explore possible text for lyrics.  Mandy will go away and write the lyrics from our input and Matt will then set these to music. This is a great opportunity for Choir members to play a part in creating the final piece. 

Saturday 8 December 2012                   3 pm Adrian Boult Hall

Our Christmas Cracker concert, with guests Sennet Brass.  We are trying out an afternoon performance this year, which we hope will attract families and those who might want to shop beforehand or have a meal afterwards.

Saturday 23 March 2013                       A workshop for all, to introduce the music for the concert in June. 

We will be advertising widely to attract new people to come along and join us for the summer’s programme of music, leading up to the concert on 30 June.  This is part of our community outreach work specified in our bid for funding.

Saturday 27 April 2013                         Concert in Malvern Priory

This will be a day out for the Choir, with a coach taking us to Malvern for a picnic lunch in the park, followed by a short rehearsal and the Concert in the evening.  We will be performing Mozart’s Requiem, with organ accompaniment. 

Sunday 30 June 2013                           Summer Concert 2013– Town Hall– 7 pm

This concert will be the culmination of all the hard work over the year and will be a prestigious event, aimed at raising our profile in the City.  We will be inviting guest choirs and orchestra to perform Karl Jenkins’ ‘Peacemakers’ and Matt’s new work.  We will need everyone’s support to ensure the success of this venture, so please don’t book your summer holiday for that week next year!

We are looking at a really exciting year ahead, with great music to challenge and enthuse us and wonderful venues to sing it in.  Just one thing I need to ask - please let’s ensure that we get the most out of it by giving Matt our undivided attention in rehearsals.  Several people have expressed concern this term over the level of talking during rehearsals.  This is not only disrespectful to Matt, but also creates bad feeling and might even chase people away.  We receive many accolades for being a friendly choir, and I’m sure all of us are proud to belong to Phoenix, so please let’s work together to improve this situation.

Finally, may I wish you all, maybe not a hot and sunny summer (although things are looking up!), but at least a happy and relaxing break.  I look forward to seeing you all on 5 September, at the beginning of my final year as Chairman.  It’s been great so far and I’m sure 2012-2013 will be another highly successful season for us all.

With all best wishes