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Many thanks to Alexandra Stapleton and her colleagues at WINOL for this news item about our appearance on the performance stage at Winchester's Christmas Market. It was a chilly, last Tuesday in November.

Winchester News Online (WINOL) is a media outlet produced by students of the BA (Hons) Journalism at the University of Winchester.

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Rivers & Roads

Sunday, 4 February 2024

2:00pm 'til 5:00pm

at The Theatre Royal, Winchester

The Sarah Morgan Foundation is presenting a concert at the Theatre Royal in Winchester on Sunday 4 February 2024, 2pm ‘til 5pm. The concert celebrates the lives and work of Sarah Morgan and Paul Sartin and it features Winchester Community Choir and five other choirs from Hampshire.

If you're a choir member and perform on the day, admission is free.

If you're not performing and would like to be in the audience for this upbeat celebration,  click the button below to go to the Box Office

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Christmas Carols and Owls by Moonlight

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The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a charity with a mission to conserve birds of prey and their habitats. The Trust's annual Christmas Carols and Owls by Moonlight is one of the Trust's most popular and important fundraising events of the year. Winchester Community Choir will be singing carols in the open air alongside the Trust's free-flying owls in the moonlight. Tom Morath from the Trust says, 'We have the most beautiful backdrop to this show in one of our three flying arenas at the Trust. It really is magical.'

Tuesday, 19 December 2023 from 7:00pm

at the Hawk Conservancy's Bird of Prey Centre, Sarson Lane, Andover, SP11 8DY

This is a two-day event. Winchester Community Choir performs on the Tuesday. Our friends from Salisbury Community Choir are there on Monday.

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Memorial concert

4 February 2024 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

at the Theatre Royal, Winchester

presented by THE SARAH MORGAN FOUNDATION

A concert featuring community choirs in and around Hampshire, to celebrate the lives of two fine musicians - Sarah Morgan, who co-founded Winchester Community Choir, and Paul Sartin leader of the Andover Museum Loft Singers. WCC will be performing.

 

More details will be announced soon.

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Those people who like planning early for Christmas will want to get a festive choir concert in the diary now - before it's too late!

 

 

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So, amongst other things, we've fixed dates for our 2023 Christmas Concert in Winchester and for Christmas Carols and Owls by Moonlight at the Bird of Prey Centre near Andover.

 

Here's a list of the key dates for the autum term 2023.

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Choir members can view the complete calendar of events in the MEMBERS area

June  2023

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Thank you, Frank

If the poster image for our summer concert has a familiar look, it's because the artist Frank Parkinson Newbould created a style of poster design that is still fresh and imitated today. He worked for railway companies like the Great Western and cruise lines like Cunard in the inter-war years, producing works with a characteristic use of bold shapes and colours. He joined the War Office in 1942, where he produced the image we're using here. It's all about love of country and the pressing need to protect it as a safe haven for its people and those who sought refuge here. 'Worth fighting for' was the poster slogan.

Our summer concert lingers for a short while in this idyllic English landscape with songs from Orlando Gibbons, Sting and Ralph Vaughan Williams. But we quickly travel further afield, fittingly to the United States on 4 July, Independence Day. There will be blues, hymnody, shanties and a classic Elvis number from Blue Hawaii.

Here's a link to our Box Office...

Over the years, the choir has raised more than £40k for local causes. This summer we're raising funds for the Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group - volunteers who support refugees and asylum seekers.

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June 2023

These are links to our weekly emails to choir members. You're welcome to browse but the main purpose is to give rehearsal feedback and event arrangements for current members.

April & May 2023

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You can still contact us about joining Winchester Community Choir....

Our summer term began on 18 April.

And we're busy rehearsing for our concert on Tuesday 4 July

April/May 2023

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Carolyn Robson, our Music Director, spent January in New Zealand. She, and husband Paul Tabbush, were tutors at a six-day music summer school in Te Awamutu, near Hamilton on North Island. Then they went travelling down to South Island. Why wouldn't you?

Back at home in Farnham, Carolyn is busy refining the repertoire for the choir's spring and summer terms. We have a long lead time to our concert on 4 July. That's plenty of time to rehearse an eclectic mix of songs like the bluesy When I walk down the street, Fields of Gold  from Sting, at least one sea shanty (no concert complete without one), and a reprise of traditional songs from the choir's 2017 album Come walk with me.

February 2023

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February 2023

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If you're viiewing this page on a wide screen, you'll catch a glimpse of the lovely Doubtful Sound in the Fiordland region of New Zealand's South Island. Doubtful Sound is Carolyn's favourite NZ location and not a commentary on the choir's performance.

January 2023

Our spring term rehearsals kick off on Tuesday 17 January 2023, 7:30pm at the United Church

Our Music Director, Carolyn Robson, is working in New Zealand this month, but we have some talented and experienced choir leader standing in for her.

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Ysanne Bonner is our choir leader on 17 January. We had a wonderful time with her last May when she led a rehearsal for us. The choir had never sung in so many different languages in a single rehearsal before. Maori, Ukrainian, Ghanaian and a (not defined) native American tongue. We didn’t get round to Da doo ron-ron (in English, partly!). That will have to wait for another session.

This time she'll tackle two very different songs with us: Bring me Little Water Silvy (attributed to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter) and a pop song from the 60s, Happy Together, first recorded by American rock band The Turtles

On 24 and 31 January it will be the turn of Freya Tabbush to lead our rehearsals. Freya was a founding Music Director of Winchester Community Choir together with the late, great Sarah Morgan. That was back in 2005. Long-standing members of the choir are in for a bit of time travel. Newer members are in for a treat...

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a lockdown performance on-line.

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January 2023

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December 2022

WCC’s Christmas concert on 13 December 2022 was called Sing out for Christmas.

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The concert was a fundraiser for Trinity Winchester, which is one of the Mayor’s charity’s this year. Amelia Ashton, Trinity’s Vice Chair, was there to tell us about the work her organisation does in the city to provide vital practical and emotional support to over 650 people each year who are experiencing the effects of homelessness or vulnerability.

Amelia Ashton, skydiving to raise funds for Trinity. We gave her an easier gig!

The choir is delighted to tell you that our generous audience gave over £500 in the retiring collection, and we were able to top that up to a grand total of £750 from concert ticket sales. Many thanks!

Over the years the choir has raised more than £43,000 for local charities.

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Using the Songs page

The Songs page contains

  • lyrics and (sometimes) scores stored as portable document files (pdfs) that you can download and print for each song. Alternatively, if it is available, download a Song Book with all the lyrics of the current repertoire collated

  • sound files as MP3 files. Each file is a recording of a part (Tune, Alto etc) for a song. Sometimes a multi-track recording is available, with all parts included.

Sometimes a part (Tune, Alto etc) may differ from verse to verse, or there may be a section of the song that is different. If this is the case, you'll see a label that tells you what section is recorded on the MP3.

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Only the Current repertoire can be selected and seen on this page

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Search for song resources. Click the down-arrow to see the current songs listed in alphabetical order. Select a song title from the drop-down list

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Sometimes the lyrics for songs in the current repertoire are collated in a Song Book that you can download and print

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Use this navigation bar to move from page to page to see more sound and lyric files

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Download lyrics or scores as a pdfs by clicking the blue  Download  button

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Play an MP3 file by clicking the Start button      or download it by clicking the  Download  button. If you select Download  a track progress bar (right) will open in a new tab on your browser

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Once you have downloaded a PDF or MP3 file, you may save the file to your computer, if you wish.

 

How you do this on your device will vary, depending on the internet browser you are using. Try the search terms:

  • 'How do I download an MP3 from ' followed by the name of your browser (e.g. Chrome, Safari, Firefox), or

  • 'How do I download PDF from ' followed by the name of your browser (e.g. Chrome, Safari, Firefox).

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