“Spring is near and yet more rain; As flash frosts kill the early shoots; A bit of gardening is in vain; As mud clarts up our wellie boots”, or a far more cheerful quote from Thomas Hardy — “This is the weather the cuckoo likes; And so do I”. Let’s hope we get cuckoo weather as we sing into spring.
The Dukeries Singers have purchased a new keyboard and accompanying hardware for the choir. The old one was really past its use-by date and let us down at some of our Christmas engagements. Ash, our Musical Director, offered to research the project so we availed ourselves of his expertise and thanks to his diligence we now have a shiny new instrument which plays all the right notes and necessarily in the right order (memories of Morecambe and Wise and “Mr Preview”).
Members continue to work on our repertoire for our upcoming engagements and concentrate on the perfecting of singing in parts. When all the harmonies are right and fit together there is no better sound. All voices blend to form wonderful music that is a pleasure to hear and perform.
The choir rehearses every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.15pm in the Concert Hall at the Dukeries Academy in Ollerton. This is best accessed via the Leisure Centre entrance and car park. You will find more information regarding the choir on www.thedukeriessingers.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Three engagements are planned, with details to be confirmed. These are a concert at Weston Church, a joint concert with Newstead Abbey Singers and a concert at the RAFA Club, Newark.
The choir’s Annual Summer Concert will, for this year, break with tradition and will be held at The Jubilee Hall on Wellow Road in Ollerton on Saturday 23rd June and this will also be our choir’s 40th anniversary.
We have also been requested to sing at Milton Mausoleum on 21st July. This is a truly magical and atmospheric venue at which to sing.
If you would like to book the choir to sing for your fundraising, charity, or celebration event please contact Phil on 01623 822070, he would be delighted to hear from you.
The sun is shining, spring is on its way; a healthy and harmonious season to all.