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,
27th – 28th April 2019 was an exciting weekend for Pennine Chimes, as once again LABBS were hosting a Harmony College education event at the University of Nottingham.
11 members of our chorus made the trip down, and we could be found in both Red and Blue Choruses as well as the Personal Development stream!
Aside from the early start due to the fire alarm on Saturday morning leaving some of us slightly fresher than expected, we had an incredible time. From the main chorus streams under the direction of Jo Braham and Sally McLean, to the personal development stream, the huge variety of pick and mix sessions and even via Bugs Bunny’s ‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ – the weekend was incredibly inspiring and memorable.
We had two first time attendees of Harmony College in the Team Pennine contingent and they had this to say:
“It’s been a weekend of hard work, but it’s been absolutely worth it! Having people from the director’s stream in with us gave us a new appreciation for how much work a director is really doing – even if they make it look easy!” – Mandy
“I went to a pick and mix session about tapping into your lived experiences. It’s incredible how different a song can be based on the emotions you’re putting into it from your own life story” – Pauline
“Singing in such a large chorus was very different for me, but it was amazing. The confidence I had in such a big chorus, I’m going to apply to ours too” – Lisa P
“I really enjoyed the personal development stream, there was so much to learn! Even when things were a little beyond my theoretical knowledge, there was always something I could take away from the session.” – Janet
We’re so glad we have access to such incredible events thanks to LABBS, giving us the chance to learn, to meet new people and to bond more with our own chorus too!
Til next time!
We are delighted to have been awarded a Bradford Community Arts Scheme Grant from Bradford Council in September towards our trip to Convention in Llandudno, and furthermore to be asked to take part in their Reflections Cultural Event.