St Peter’s Church Ladies Guild

Last night we entertained the Ladies Guild in the Church Hall of St Peter’s Church, Chippenham.

There was a good turnout for this annual event which marks the beginning of their summer break. We had previously performed for the guild in 2016, and we could recognise quite a few of the faces around the room.

Our performance was split into two sessions each side of a refreshments interval which provided everyone with a plate of ham and cheese salad followed by fruit salad with cream. We are very grateful to the ladies for providing us with such a feast.

The organiser Gill is celebrating her birthday this coming Sunday and we sang her Happy Birthday. Also in the room was a Barbara Ann – and we dedicated the Beach Boys song to her!

Only one singer Nick Greene was unable to perform due to a holiday in the south of the country. The programme for the performance was as follows:-

7:00-7:45pm

    1. Take Good Care Of My Baby
    2. Do You Want To Dance
    3. Love Me Tender
    4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
    5. Barbara Ann
    6. Help Me
    7. Forever In Blue Jeans
    8. Love Hurts
    9. There’s A Kind Of Hush
    10. Amarillo
    11. Rhinestone Cowboy
    12. To Love Somebody
    13. Let It Be

8:45-9:30pm

    1. When Will I Be Loved
    2. Days
    3. Sylvia’s Mother
    4. Love Is All Around
    5. So Happy Together
    6. Saturday Night At The Movies
    7. King Of The Road
    8. Where Could I Go
    9. Do You Love Me

 

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Sherston Seniors Club

This afternoon we returned to The Old School Rooms to entertain the Sherston Seniors.

We last sang for this group at the end of May, but we still managed to prepare a completely new programme for today’s performance. The club try to book us each year for the ‘Sherston Annual Boules Week’ when the village is taken over by a series of boules competitions played along the high street. This is a traditional event going back 33 years, and the wive of the vicar who had the idea for the event was present in today’s audience. Recent years have seen the event scaled back to just one weekend, and this year the competitions will be held on 14th and 15th July 2018.

Before we started our programme we were asked to sing Happy Birthday to three ladies in the audience: Mary; Ann and Rosemary. Our programme is shown below. After the performance we were treated to a magnificent buffet of savoury and sweet food prepared by a few of the club members. We are very grateful to the club for providing us with a feast to remember.

Two singers were unable to be with us today: Brian Elliot and John Johnston.

Today’s programme included solo singing opportunities for Phil Hall, Roger Whitehouse, Jack Webb and Keith Clifford

  1. Take Good Care Of My Baby
  2. Do You Want To Dance
  3. Can’t Help Falling In Love
  4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  5. Barbara Ann
  6. You Are The New Day
  7. Forever In Blue Jeans
  8. Love Hurts
  9. There’s A Kind Of Hush
  10. Amarillo
  11. Fields Of Gold
  12. To Love Somebody
  13. So Happy Together
  14. Let It Be

 

Autumn Club, Kington St Michael

This afternoon we entertained the Autumn Club in the village hall of Kington St Michael.

There were around 25 people in our audience today – including three villagers who had been enticed to the event to see if they would be interested in becoming new club members. Today was also Sandra’s birthday and we all sang Happy Birthday to her.

This was the third year running that we have performed for the club, although previous performances had been scheduled for the month of October. Today we were blessed with beautiful hot sunny weather and it is forecast to continue for more weeks to come.

Only one singer was missing from our line-up today: John Johnston. Our programme is shown below:-

  1. Saturday Night At The Movies
  2. Rhinestone Cowboy
  3. The Wonder Of You
  4. Barbara Ann
  5. Help Me
  6. Bad Moon Rising
  7. Love Hurts
  8. You’ve Got Your Troubles
  9. House Of The Rising Sun
  10. Amarillo
  11. Fields Of Gold
  12. I’m Into Something Good
  13. Do You Love Me

That Was A Week That Was

We have just completed three performances during the last four days – travelling to Goatacre, Swindon and Melksham.

We started the week on Monday at the Goatacre Manor Care Centre. This was our third visit this year and we are becoming familiar with the residents who attend our performances. The staff at the centre seem to particularly enjoy our music and join in with most of the songs.

Then on Wednesday we travelled across to the Derryk Evans House in Liden, Swindon to entertain at their annual community party. This has always been a lively venue and that afternoon was no exception. We performed two sessions of 30 minutes with a break for refreshments. Ten members of the audience had celebrated significant birthdays or anniversaries during the previous 12 months, and each one was handed a gift pack containing wine and chocolates.

One audience member with the name of Kathleen had reached the age of 75, and she requested the group sing the traditional song ‘I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen’ – a song written in 1875 which was often sung to Kathleen by her father. Although we all knew of the song, few of the singers could remember all the words – until Nick explained how he felt he could lead the audience in a rendition and he successfully completed the song (although he later admitted some of the words may have been hand-crafted). Our thanks go to the organisers for the fantastic refreshments they provided to us.

On Thursday evening we travelled to Melksham to perform for the first time to residents at Wharf Court. Around 30 residents packed the lounge to hear us perform a similar programme of songs to that sung at the previous two venues. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy our entertainment, although there was an incident during the interval that required a medic to be brought in to deal with an injury to a lady named Gill. We later learnt that she was taken to Trowbridge Hospital to have stitches applied to the wound – but was back home later that same evening. Our best wishes go to Gill for a speedy recovery.

Re-mix for CD-5

This afternoon Roger Whitehouse and Keith Clifford travelled to the Music Workshop in Potterne, Wiltshire to run through some desired changes to our latest album recording.

We met with recording engineer Pete Lamb and discussed those changes. Peter described how he had already worked on the original recordings of the 16 tracks – needing to remove extraneous noises and balance the numerous sound channels used on the day.

It was fascinating to see our recordings displayed on screen in digital form and the ease with which Pete could make any of our desired changes. Pete had labelled each of the recorded channels so that he could quickly identify which ones needed changes to sound levels.

He was quickly altering the sound levels of the tenor singers to bring out the top harmonies, and increasing the vocals of solo sections. These simple alterations greatly improved the overall sound quality.

He also indicated to us how he had added a percussion beat to one song to mask the sound of someone who had tapped their foot throughout the recording of that song. We had not appreciated he had taken this action – a sign he had done a good job!

All the desired changes were made within a two hour period, and we each left with a CD copy of the new mix. Our next task is to confirm the changes in preparation for production of the master disc.

Our thanks go to Pete for his time and professional interpretation of our requirements.

North Wilts Holiday Club Christmas Party

The group have just accepted an invitation to entertain the members of the NWHC in Chippenham for their summer ‘Christmas Party’ on Thursday 2nd August 2018.

We already support the NWHC charity by handing them an annual cheque for funds we have received from performances and CD sales over the previous 12 months. For the last few years we have handed the cheque over to the charity at a summertime event, and this will be the second Christmas Party event we have attended.

The idea of holding a ‘Christmas Party’ during the NWHC fortnight came from the children themselves: they come together for this once a year fortnight in the summer period, and never see one another at Christmas time. Hence, they thought it would be great fun to enjoy a ‘Christmas’ together.

A previous Christmas Party saw the school hall decorated with Christmas trimming – including a Christmas tree – and there was a special appearance by Father Christmas. We can expect something very similar in August, and it is our pleasure to attend the party and provide some music.

 

CD-5 First Mix Sounds Very Good

We have received the first mix of our CD-5 recording session from the recording engineer Pete Lamb.

It has been copied to all members of the group and the initial reactions have been favourable. There are a few places where the harmonies could be made a little more prominent, and arrangements have been made for our representatives to visit Pete on Friday 15th June 2018 to make the suggested improvements.

The working title for this new album is ‘Timeless Tracks’.

Athelstan House, Malmesbury

On Tuesday we returned to Athelstan House after a break of over two years to entertain the residents and members of the local day centre.

There was a good attendance in the residents lounge for our performance, and the air conditioning was turned up to counter the warm temperatures of a hot day. Once again, we encountered an audience for whom there were no birthdays on the day (or even near to it).

We entertained for just over an hour with a programme of songs we had not previously sung for this group; the programme is shown below. Our percussionist Dave Sperritt was unable to be with us for this performance.

  1. Mr Tambourine Man
  2. Rhinestone Cowboy
  3. With A Little Help
  4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  5. I Can See Clearly Now
  6. The Rose
  7. Days
  8. Bad Moon Rising
  9. Words
  10. House Of The Rising Sun
  11. Fats Combo
  12. There’s A Kind Of Hush
  13. Sweet Caroline
  14. Run To Me
  15. California Dreaming
  16. So Happy Together
  17. All My Loving
  18. Do You Love Me

Honeypot Club, Trowbridge

This afternoon we travelled to the St John’s Church Hall in Study, Trowbridge to entertain the members of the local Honeypot Club.

We were greeted with the usual enthusiasm that we expect from this group, and they sang along to most of our songs. Here are a few of the members who were present today:-

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Our programme is shown below. Missing from today’s performance was Phil Hall who had a hospital appointment.

  1. Mr Tambourine Man
  2. Rhinestone Cowboy
  3. With A Little Help
  4. Da Do Ron Ron
  5. I Can See Clearly Now
  6. The Rose
  7. Days
  8. Bad Moon Rising
  9. Words
  10. House Of The Rising Sun
  11. Fats Combo
  12. There’s A Kind Of Hush
  13. Sweet Caroline
  14. Run To Me
  15. California Dreaming
  16. So Happy Together
  17. All My Loving
  18. Do You Love Me