Recent Events

Carols in the Forest

Saturday 19th December 2020

Deerleap car park, the New Forest

Only a few of us, but Singing ! Huzzah!


We thought that a bit of festive cheer was in order so a few of us went to Deerleap and sang a short set of carols and Christmas songs, remaining there when the rain threatened to drive us away, and we were rewarded when the sun came out and several folk took a few minutes out from their walks to listen.

We had our own walk afterwards, and it wasn't too muddy


(The photo shows three household groups suitable separated)


Carols on the street

Sunday 20th December 2020

In conjunction with the Carols on the Doorstep initiative, we sang at the end of a cul-de-sac in Bitterne for about 30 mins.

plenty of residents came out to join in, saying what a pleasure it was to do something communal after such a difficult year, and could we do it again next year


We repeated the trick later during the week in a couple of locations in Shirley


Songs of Praise

Sunday March 8th 2020

Kings Community Church Hedge End

This was an afternoon meeting for older folk where we sang a mixture of songs for the congregation to sing along with and songs from the choir.


Despite fears that health concerns might cause many to stay away there were about 40-50 in the congregation who joined in the singing most enthusiastically


Our first outing of the year saw us at the Art Gallery which has a high vaulted ceiling, which gives a long echo, meaning that we sounded quite loud in this space.


We sang for about an hour of our usual repertoire, choosing mostly quieter numbers which are served very well by the long acoustic of the gallery

Southampton Art Gallery

Saturday 29th February 2020

Outdoor Church Event

Sunday December 22nd 2019

James St, Southampton


This was an outdoor Christmas presentation by James St Church.

Rather than wait for folk of St. Mary's to come into the church they take church out to the people.

We sang a few carols, there were some puppets telling the nativity story in their own way,

and Neil Maddox gave a presentation

of his one man nativity story

- playing each one of about a

dozen characters

As this was December and the event started at 4pm, it soon grew dark and the lanterns and fairy lights twinkled happily giving a Christmassy feel. The hot drinks were very welcome, and so were the hot mince pies which presented their own particular challenge when one was supposed to be singing.

A fun evening in a fully booked out pub, the punters had come expecting the carolling, so we didn't spoil their evening too much.


Pizza and Carols

Friday December 20th 2019

the King Rufus pub, Eling


Much raucous carolling was

engaged in and we were also

visited by the New Forest Mummers

who performed their short

traditional play in aid of the

Honeypot Children's Charity

.


Botley Festival of Angels

Sunday December 8th 2019

All Saints Church, Botley 


The church was decorated with a heavenly host of shining angels made by all manner of local groups, showing a high degree of imagination and ingenuity.


Unusually, the audience actually increased throughout our set as folk came in to look round and then sat down to listen.

We sang about 40 minutes of Christmas music and after being asked for an encore or two, sang the Richard Smallwood gospel song Total Praise and our version of Silent Night, which is arranged with a jazzy, bluesy feel

The Big Christmas Sing

Saturday December 7th 2019

St. Alban's Church, Swaythling 


Also performing were the excellent Parkewood School of Dance, the older dancers particularly elegant in a variety of costumes and the younger ones

making delightful

angels in one Christmas

themed number

An evening of singing and dancing

(we promised not to dance, and we didn't)

accompanied by the Sing Out children's

choir who gave us amongst other things

John Rutter's Candlelight carol and

the standard Go Tell it on the Mountain

Music in the City

Saturday September 28th 2019 

Undercroft Vault, Simnel St.

We started by getting some audience participation with a medley of short well-known gospel songs sung in a round with three sections of the audience which made a great sound in the confined space.

They thought they were just going to sit and listen, (more evil laughter) but we did sing to them afterwards and then had this photo taken nearby.

The 11th annual Music in the City festival saw us singing in the Undercroft, an intimate space where the audience have to scale some fairly steep steps to get away (evil laughter).

This is a picture from last year at the same location

Singing in the evening sun

Tues. July 16th 2019

We were singing outside the Tapas Barcelona cafe in Guildhall Square for a bit of alfresco singing in the evening, and some tapas. Occasionally someone stopped by to listen and applaud at the end. It did get a bit chilly and at 8pm we sang the city's hymn O God our Help in Ages Past

to the accompaniment of

the civic centre clock

carillion which plays

the tune every 4 hours.

This was rather silly.

We sang a collection of mostly spiritual songs and a few others from our standards repertoire. We were joined by a number of other musicians for a variety of musical pieces.

The scones were very tasty and plentiful,

which is always

a good thing.

Concert at St. Mary's Church South Stoneham,


Sunday 23rd June 2019