The Choir held its Summer Charity Concert on 18 July 2015 at St Paul’s Church, Alverthorpe, when their guests were LB Brass, a nine-piece brass ensemble. A full church thoroughly enjoyed a feast of music and helped to raise a total of £636, which will be shared equally between “Carers Wakefield & District” and “Challenging Behaviour Foundation”. (See photos on the following page)
The choir held its annual Christmas concert on Sunday 6 December 2015 in Wrenthorpe village hall, which was full to capacity with an enthusiastic audience. The choir’s guest was vocalist Terry Snowden who thrilled everyone with his singing. Choir items included All you need is love, an Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley, Singin’ in the rain and The rhythm of life. In addition, Christmas items included Ding, dong merrily on high, Coventry Carol, Do you hear what I hear? and Ho, ho, holidays medley. The audience was invited join in the singing of four carols. The evening was a wonderful start to the Christmas season.
On Sunday, 13 March 2016 the choir participated in the 6th Annual “Celebration of Music” at St Anne’s Church, Wrenthorpe. This event has become a popular community event in the village and people of all ages come together to present their musical items, whether it be singing or playing. The choir opened the proceedings by singing four songs – All you need is love, This train goes marching in, Singin’ in the rain and As long as I need music. Everyone who attended was invited to donate to the Torch Trust charity which is a Christian organisation that supports people with sight loss. The choir is always happy to support local events.
On Saturday 23 April 2016 the choir participated in the Rothwell Music Festival (in the non-competetive category) and received very favourable and encouraging comments from the adjudicator. The songs presented were This train goes marching in, As long as I have music and All you need is love.
On Saturday 16 July 2016 the choir held its annual charity concert at St John’s Church, Wakefield with their guests LB Brass. The church was almost full to capacity and the wide range of music was enjoyed by everyone. This year the charity to benefit was Pancreatic Cancer UK and their representative, Karen Stead, was in attendance to give an insight into the wonderful work undertaken by the organisation. A sum of £500 was raised.
The annual Christmas concert was held in Wrenthorpe village hall on Sunday 4 December 2016 and attracted a capacity audience. The choir’s guest was tenor Norman Oldroyd, who presented a selection of songs that pleased everyone present. The first half of the concert comprised non-Christmas music, and the second half was totally festive. Choir items included I saw three ships, A Winter’s tale, Carol of the bells and Do you hear what I hear? Norman’s songs included The little road to Bethlehem, The star of Bethlehem, Oh holy night and The star of God. The audience was invited to sing three Christmas carols. Some of the proceeds from the concert were given to the Wrenthorpe Community Association to part-fund the senior villagers’ Christmas meal, which was attended by 80 people. Everyone agreed that the concert was an ideal way to begin the Christmas celebrations.
On Saturday 10 June 2017 the choir will co-present a concert with Emley Brass Band at St Paul’s Church, Alverthorpe, Wakefield.
New members are always welcomed, and no auditions are held. It is not necessary that you read music but, of course, it is helpful if you can. Rehearsals take place in Wrenthorpe village hall on Thursday afternoons between 1.45pm and 3.15pm.