The Major Oak Pop Choir is a ladies’ choir. Based in Edwinstowe, choir members come from all walks of life to share friendship, fun and a love of singing. They are proud to have raised many thousands of pounds for good causes, lots of them local to Nottinghamshire.
On a beautiful summer evening in July, the choir enjoyed singing to a packed house in the magnificent surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Edwinstowe. The audience enjoyed an uplifting evening of music, featuring popular songs by Elton John, Queen, Abba and Neil Diamond, amongst others, and in the interval they were treated to a vast array of delicious cakes baked by members of the choir.
This was always going to be a very special concert for the choir, not only because they loved being able perform a concert in their own village of Edwinstowe, but they wanted to say a huge ‘thank-you’ to St Mary’s Church. When the choir returned to their rehearsals following the pandemic, they were unable to use their usual venue as it was too small for social distancing, so St Mary’s Church very kindly allowed the choir to use the Church for their rehearsals. Without this amazing offer, the choir would not have been able to start up again, which is why they were thrilled to donate every penny of the proceeds of the concert to St Mary’s, totalling over £1,550.
After all their hard work, choir members let their hair down at a summer picnic social evening (with thanks to Sheila for allowing a garden take-over) where they took part in some fun, old-school sports day races including egg-and-spoon and three-legged races, and there were some very competitive individuals in a game featuring sponges and water! Then, as a special treat, Edwinstowe’s own Pete Jones played some fantastic songs to sing along to. A great night was had by all.
The choir is on its well-earned summer break and will return to rehearsals on Monday 12th September, when they will begin preparations for a new season of concerts. In particular, the choir is looking forward to a concert at The Crossing, Worksop on Saturday 26th November; they have been invited to be the special guests of the Anston Male Voice Choir, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. This concert will be raising funds for the Weston Park Cancer Charity, Sheffield.
If you would like to find out more about the choir, the charities it supports and details of how to obtain concert tickets, visit www.majoroakmusic.co.uk, find them on Facebook @majoroakpopchoir or contact Pauline Daglish on 07450 316756.