Calne Handicapped Club

We returned to the Calne Football Club to once again entertain our friends in the handicapped club between 2:15 and 3:00pm. We had nine singers for today’s performance; Dave Hackett and John Johnstone were otherwise engaged.

Our programme of songs for the afternoon was:-

1) Eight Days A Week

2) California Dreaming

3) Pretty Woman

4) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

5) You’ve Got Your Troubles

6) Amarillo

7) Bad Moon Rising

8) I Can’t Stop Loving You

9) With A Little Help From My Friends

10) House Of The Rising Sun

11) Sweet Caroline

12) Do You Love Me

It was a delight to see many members of the handicapped club on their feet dancing to the final song. Our thanks go to Denise Humphries for inviting us. We have been asked to return later in the year on 3rd October 2017.

Monday Club, Royal Wootton Bassett

We entertained the Monday Club at the Catholic Church Hall in RWB between 3:00 and 4:00pm. We had a good turn-out of ten singers for this performance; unfortunately Dave Hackett was unavailable. The programme was as follows:-

1) Eight Days A Week

2) California Dreaming

3) Pretty Woman

4) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

5) You’ve Got Your Troubles

6) Amarillo

7) Bad Moon Rising

8) I Can’t Stop Loving You

9) With A Little Help From My Friends

10) House Of The Rising Sun

11) Sweet Caroline

12) Mr Tambourine Man

13) The Rose

14) I’m Into Something Good

15) Let It Be

We finished with a short rendition of Land Of Hope And Glory – a traditional ending for the club meetings. Our thanks go to Barry and Chris Bissett for organising the performance.

News & Views

The Spring 2017 issue of the publication ‘News & Views’ from the National Association Of Choirs contains an article written by Keith Clifford about the group. The article appears on page 22 and is headed by a photograph of the group.

The text of the article can be read on this BLOG by clicking the ABOUT menu option.

Album Recorded OK

We spent a number of hours at St Giles church with our recording engineer Pete Lamb. Most of us had arrived by 10:00am wearing warm clothing, and we tried to make the space as warm as possible by using the portable gas heaters owned by the church as well as electric heaters provided by Ron and Jack.

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Hilary provided cake in the form of chocolate brownies and gluten-free flapjack.

Recording was delayed when Phil discovered his equipment was ‘dead’ when he tried to play a warm-up number.

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At first we thought it was an electrical overload of all the equipment powered in that area of the church but we quickly isolated the problem to one of the extension cables. That cable was replaced and all was well to start the session around 11:20am.

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We recorded ten songs up to 12:30pm and then decided to have a lunch break. Hilary had arrived with soup and flasks of hot water for teas and coffees. The break allowed us to listen on headphones to a selection of the tracks we had already recorded.

We started the afternoon session at 1:10pm and it was completed by 2:00pm. In addition to the planned set of recordings, we also included ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ and at Nick’s request we played through the Elvis gospel song ‘Where Could I Go But To The Lord’.

Everyone agreed it had been a very worthwhile experience although the cold conditions had possibly affected the quality of our performance. Pete will get in touch when he completes his first-cut engineered versions of our music.

Recording Album No.4

Tomorrow we will be recording our next album of songs. The venue for the recording session is the same as for the last two albums: St Giles Church in Stanton St Quintin.

Our recording engineer will once again be Pete Lamb from The Music Workshop in Potterne, Devizes.

The provisional title for this next album is ‘Golden Tracks’ and the photograph selected for the album cover is expected to be a view of a golden wheat field with tractor tracks  running across it.

The following songs have been selected for this album by a popularity vote amongst the members of the group:-

1) Bad Moon Rising

2) With A Little Help From My Friends

3) Gypsy Woman

4) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

5) Fields Of Gold

6) Amanda

7) California Dreaming

8) You Are The New Day

9) You Got It

10) Pretty Woman

11) Run To Me

12) Sylvia’s Mother

13) Proud Mary

14) Do You Love Me

15) You’ve Got Your Troubles

16) In My Life

Performance feedback

Following the performance for the residents of the Fairways Residential Home in Chippenham the following email was received from a member of the audience:-

‘I cannot let last evening pass into history without placing on record how much 

I (and I think everyone present) enjoyed your singing.

The only concern I had was that you appeared to be drinking “water” and that we perhaps

ought to make an effort to prevent a recurrence of that oversight.!

I do hope we will see you again in the not too distant future.’

Greathouse, Kington Langley

We returned to Greathouse, Kington Langley after a period of a few years to perform for a selection of residents. This care home is run by the Leonard Cheshire Disability group, and most of the audience listened from their wheelchairs as our group sang through a representative programme of songs. The hour long programme was followed by tea and biscuits.