New Sarum Singers Lift Air Ambulance Funds At Christmas
A seasonally crispy cold evening at the Bemerton Methodist Church in Roman Road, Salisbury last Saturday 9th December 2017 provided a suitable atmosphere for Salisbury based community choir New Sarum Singers to perform their “Christmas Through the Ages” concert in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the charity that saves lives throughout the county. Jim Luff on behalf of Wiltshire Air Ambulance spoke to the audience about the charity’s important work and how its entire funding is exclusively from donations. Musical Director Keith Thomasson led the choir in a range of Christmas songs drawn from across the centuries from Hodie Christus Natus Est, a Gregorian chant, to Falantidida by the living composer Jenny McLeod generously interspersed with more well-known Christmas carols in which the audience joined. A rousing round of applause closed the concert and gifts were presented to Keith Thomasson, accompanist Mary Douglas and Andy Bell (narrator). Reverend Steve Hawkes provided excellent support on drums adding an extra dimension to the performance. The audience responded with great generosity raising £382 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance charity.
New Sarum Singers Raise £351 for Salisbury Charity, Children’s Chance
It was a lovely warm evening at the Bemerton Methodist Church in Roman Road, Salisbury last Saturday 15th July 2017 where Salisbury based community choir the New Sarum Singers performed their “Summer Serenade” concert in aid of Children’s Chance, the Salisbury charity that helps under privileged children enjoy a broad range of activitiesthat otherwise they could not experience. Jane Miller on behalf of Children’s Chance spoke to the audience about the charity’s important work and the moving stories contained in letters from the children themselves. Musical Director Keith Thomasson led the choir in a range of songs from Gilbert & Sullivan to folksongs from America, India and Israel. Particularly enjoyable was the surprise singing by the choir during the interval refreshments where they sang an Indian lullaby, Hair Coo Coo, and an American folk song, Freedom Train, in the round (i.e. the choir members were positioned on both sides of the hall giving a real-life surround sound effect to the great enjoyment of the audience). There was a rousing round of applause at the close of the concert and gifts from the choir were presented to Keith Thomasson, accompanist Mary Douglas and Andy Bell (narrator). The whole performance was both joyful and enjoyable. The audience responded with extraordinary generosity raising £351 for the Children’s Chance charity.
Salisbury Choir Raise £405 for the Marie Curie Charity
The sun beaming brilliantly in a bright blue sky welcomed the congregation to the Bemerton Methodist Church in Roman Road, Salisbury on Sunday afternoon where Salisbury based community choir the New Sarum Singers performed JW Peterson’s Easter cantata “No Greater Love”. Under the insightful musical direction of Keith Thomasson the choir were joined by soloists Kirsty Hobkirk (Soprano – currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow), Colin Reed (Tenor), John Forster (Baritone), the Reverend Steve Hawkes (Narrator) and accompanist Mary Douglas. The whole performance was a moving and uplifting experience and the audience responded with extraordinary generosity raising £405 for the Marie Curie charity.
Salisbury Choir Raise £320 for the SANE Charity
It was a wet and uninviting evening on Saturday 10th December 2016 when the New Sarum Singers performed their “Joy of Christmas” concert at Bemerton Methodist Church in Roman Road, Salisbury. It must have been the warmth of their singing or the beauty of the music or, perhaps, just plain generosity that moved the audience to dig deep and donate £320 for SANE, the charity that seeks to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. Raising such a significant sum was particularly satisfying as two members of the choir have had first-hand experience of the help and support that SANE gives to the families, friends and carers of those who suffer from mental illness. A wonderful finish to an evening that had started with such unpromising weather.
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Note: Visit SANE’s website at www.sane.org.uk for more information about their good works.
July 2016 -Concert Raises £205 for Salisbury City Almshouse & Welfare Charities
The New Sarum Singers “ALL AT SEA” concert had an appropriately watery theme given this year’s weather and raised a summery £205 for the Salisbury City Almshouse & Welfare Charities (registered charity 202110 – visit their website www.salisburyalmshouses.co.uk for more information).
Under the baton of musical director Keith Thomasson (senior chaplain at Alabaré Christian Care and Support in Salisbury) the Singers gave a splendid rendition of Flanders & Horovitz’s quirky “Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo”, recounting the Noah’s Ark story. Baritone soloist Keith Weddell glued the story together and Bemerton Methodist Church’s Reverend Steve Hawkes provided thunderous support on the drums to Mary Douglas’ outstanding piano performance. Starting ominously with thunder the music took us through torrential rain (mimicked by the choir by finger clicking and slapping of thighs (you had to be there!) that was surprisingly effective) and gentle ocean waves as the Ark floated on the endless sea. The finale was a fast charge through a tongue twisting repetition of “..two-by-two-by-two..” (you get the idea) as the animals leave the Ark and scatter on dry land and humankind is commanded to increase. Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo is a real musical joy.
After the interval Salisbury’s own harmonious handbell group, The Belletones, entertained with some lovely tunes, including “Edelweiss” and “Singin’ in the Rain”, all beautifully arranged for handbells and skilfully played.
With the audience joining in “Bring me sunshine”, the concert closed on a cheerful and optimistic note. Just what we need!
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