Saturday 18th May we were delighted to be the entertainment at the Spring Festival held by Lower Wyke Moravian Church.Here’s some of our ladies, raring to go in the warmup room:After the locals had enjoyed what smelled like a lovely meal, we took to the stage to run through some of our favourite songs from our current repertoire. Sadly as we were all on stage, we couldn’t get a picture, you’ll just have to take our word for it!We broke midway through our performance for a stand up sit down bingo session ran by Janet (complete with prizes) followed by a short set by our girls Jaunty Angle. They went down a storm, especially Ni’s Shirley Bassey moment!They’re a tough act to follow, but we rejoined the stage to finish off with a few British pop classics culminating in Bohemian Rhapsody (thanks LABBS!)The feedback from the audience was brilliant, everybody had a great time and we loved every moment on that stage. One of the organisers was heard to say ‘I thought you couldn’t beat a male voice choir, but I was wrong!’ We’ll take that gladly!Til next time,
So here we are in 2019 already! That can only mean one thing – time for our Annual General Meeting (AGM)
We got together at our usual rehearsal venue Tuesday 29th January to elect the new committee, give out the attendance award and set out our plans for the year.
I’m pleased to introduce the Pennine Chimes committee for 2019
L-R PRO Gill, Vice Chair Becky, Chair Mandy, Chorus Rep Marilyn, Membership Secretary Kath, Secretary / Social Media Lead Tracey, and Treasurer Lisa
The attendance award was given out, and for the second year in a row the trophy was awarded jointly to Tracey and Anita – can you make it a hat trick ladies?!
Departing Chair Jo was delighted to hand out some long service awards for 25 years in LABBS to Lynne, Anita and Anne
And finally, in her capacity as newly elected Chair, Mandy designated our Charity of the year for 2019 would be Shelter! 10% of all earnings this year will be donated to them, and 100% of any bucket collections taken. We look forward to updating with a total as the year progresses.
Til next time,
Here at Pennine Chimes we love getting out and about singing carols at local events over the festive period, and as ever we kept ourselves busy this year!
These sing outs really ring in the season for us, especially as we started the 2018 season in beautiful historic Haworth. The weather may not have been perfect but the festive spirit is always in great supply, and Main Street is a haven for dog spotters (we have a few amongst us!)
Our next two events were at our local Bradford Markets, firstly in Kirkgate Market then in the Oastler Centre.
At Kirkgate Market we got a new temporary director who taught us how to floss, though I’m not sure we fully got the hang of it…
Oastler Market is often the last of the festive season for us and we absolutely love singing here and interacting with the local community, it really gives us the festive feels!
Fortunately for us a pop up festive bar was being hosted by Roswithas Deli and The Sparrow, so a few of our ladies celebrated the end of the season with a toasty warm Gluhwein.
Cheers, see you in 2019!
This weekend following a hiatus of a few years, LABBS welcomed it’s members to Nottingham University for an all new Harmony College. Naturally here at Chimes HQ we were delighted to hear about it, and on the day nine of our ladies were in attendance, that’s nearly a third of our chorus!
A few of our attendees had some words to share on their experience of HC…
“There were so many things that I found, interesting, useful, exciting and lots of other adjectives I could add. For the sake of brevity I’ve focused on ‘tomorrow’s director’ as I try to push myself, musically speaking. Liz Garnett’s quote on the purpose of conducting is ‘to help the ensemble sing the music.’ I like that one. Another piece of sage wisdom from Liz was with regards to what as a conductor, I should do with my hands – ‘as little as is needed to keep the music on track.’ That’s definitely a work in progress for me” – Janet, Assistant Director
“What a weekend! Nottingham Uni’ was the perfect venue for Harmony College. I would love to be a student there but….. 50 years too late! The coaching, friendship and commitment of everyone involved was outstanding. I wasn’t sure on first hearing the arrangement of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ that I really liked it, but after singing it during the weekend, I love it!! It was such an emotional finale to a great weekend when the whole auditorium sang this 2016 Polecat. I can’t wait for the next Harmony College!” – Jackie, Lead