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Parkinson’s UK Concert April 2017

This was the grand finale to the Swindon Parkinson’s Awareness Week. We were delighted to join our lovely friends the Swindon Male Voice Choir for such an important cause and a tremendous evening.

“Blew me away!” audience member.

 

For One Night Only Concert April 2017

An all-round entertaining evening in a packed St Mary’s Church, Fairford. We were joined by our local friends the Coln Choir, the Ha’penny Singers, Fairford Primary School, as well as the inimitable Vital Recital from Devon and the sound of the Deltastreet Sax Quartet. As always, the children stole the show with their gorgeous dancing and impressive talk for writing performance.

“Skyfall was the absolute pinnacle of a lovely evening” audience member.

 

We Got Rhythm Concert February 2017

What a night! Another first for us as we performed with the wonderful Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia and talented young singers from MJ-UK. We were delighted to have a full house, especially on a Tuesday evening, and a hugely appreciative audience. The concert raised £1035 which will go to provide music making opportunities for young people in this area and in Southampton.

“Blew me away!” audience member

“You were superb” audience member

“an unbelievable evening of musical entertainment… moved me to tears” audience member via Facebook

 

Singing Together with One Voice Concert January 2017

With performances from the Cotswold Voices, Lechlade Players, Lechlade Voices and St. Lawrence school choir, as well as solo acts, this was another wonderful night to remember. With a capacity audience over £1300 was raised in aid of rebuilding Lechlade’s new Memorial Hall.

“Well done girls, you were amazing.” Comment from Facebook.

 

Winter Wonderland Concert December 2016

A magical night of Christmas music – we were delighted to join Maria Jagusz and her wonderful cast of talented young people for a sparkling start to Christmas week.

Carol singing December 2016

The Outlet Centre in Swindon hosted us for our carol singing this year, raising just over £120 for our adopted charity Mindsong. Thank you to all you stopped to listen to us and who donated to this wonderful charity.

For One Night Only Concert November 2016

Another lovely occasion, with wonderful singing from the Cirencester Singers; beautiful, funky and some very sweet dancing from Cirencester Creative Dance Academy, and a touch of comedy from the group Vital Recital who came all the way from Devon to join us for the night. The concert raised funds for St John the Baptist Church and Powells School.

Live On! Concert November 2016

What a happy occasion this was, a night of great music. The church was bursting at the seams with an appreciative audience. The concert raised £1655 altogether, with £1510 going to the Royal British Legion. Very proud of “our” soloists Sofia, James and Katie too! Watch us singing Skyfall on our gallery page.

“The best concert I’ve ever been to!” Audience member.

 

Great news from HelpMadina

We are pleased to announce that this wonderful charity has just reached the fundraising target it needed to start a girls’ training centre. We are proud to have helped support this venture and wish its members every success in the future.

 

Our next charity

We have just voted to adopt the wonderful charity Mindsong for the coming season. This Gloucestershire charity provides life-enhancing music therapy for people with dementia in care homes.

“Singing is so good for the soul; it so lifts you up.” A member.

 

Citizenship Ceremony, September 2016

Once again a small group of us enjoyed welcoming Gloucestershire’s newest British citizens at this formal ceremony overseen by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and the chair of Gloucester County Council.  We wish all the new citizens happiness in their lives here in the UK.

“What an honour it is for us to help them celebrate!”  A member on Facebook.

 

Supporting Classical Reflection, September 2016

When the original choir booked to support Classical Reflection let them down at short notice, we stepped in to help – and how glad we are that we did! The postponed concert was a treat for all; we enjoyed hearing the twins’ unique sound, the lovely tenor Sean Chriscole and the talented young Corinium Players.

“Excellent singing, I enjoyed both numbers.”

 

Wedding, September 2016

Another first for A Splash of Red: a wedding surprise flash mob. How we kept the secret is a mystery but no-one suspected a thing! Imagine the wedding scene from Love Actually with us singing and great musicians Richard (sax), Megan (trombone), Nathan (trumpet), Toby (guitar) and Aggi (solo singer). Great fun and lots of cloak-and-dagger stuff. Our very best wishes to bride and groom Chloe-Helen and Kristian.

“Thank you for such an amazing experience, everyone loved it and you were the hit of the day!”

 

Fairford Primary School Fete, June 2016

We managed to get enough singers together to put in a performance at the fete. Great fun had by all.

“A Splash of Red were AMAZING!” An audience member.

 

Fairford Festival, June 2016

Best day of the summer so far for the festival, and a lovely atmosphere in the park. We tried out a couple of our new songs and they seemed to go down well. A few of our members were in the audience – we’ll get their critical feedback on Thursday.

 

Social evening, May 2016

A lovely opportunity to chat, and what a feast!

“The food was delicious – you are all domestic goddesses.” From a member.

 

Barnsley Festival and wedding, May 2016

What a glorious day – how do the Barnsley people manage it every year? We enjoyed singing in the beautifully decorated church.

“The choir’s performance is very professional and goes towards adding an extra sparkle to the day’s proceedings.” 

This year we sang in the morning as we had a wedding to sing at in Bibury later on. Another lovely occasion and we wish Karla and George every happiness in the future.

 

Albert Hall 2018!

We’ve just been invited to the next Albert Hall concert. A little way off yet, but one or two of us have started planning outfits already (a girl has to be organised about these things).

 

Citizenship Ceremony, March 2016

A small group of us performed for this ceremony in which Gloucestershire’s newest citizens were presented with their citizenship certificates. A new experience for the choir, and a new challenge singing in a small group.

 

Happy New Year

We would like to wish all our members and supporters a happy and musical 2016. We’ve started the year with some fantastic new music, so if you’re thinking of joining us, do get in touch.

 

Flying Start Christmas Party

The place to be on Sunday 20th December (especially if you are under 5!). We had a lovely time singing and competing with all the very excited little ones. The organisers have kindly made a donation to Help Madina on our behalf.

 

Carol Singing December 2015

This year we decided to bring our singing to the streets and took a route from the school through Fairford and ending up in the Bull. Altogether we raised £110 for our chosen charity, HelpMadina.

“Thank you for stopping at our house !! You sounded so beautiful!!!”

 

The big one! Cancer Research UK Festival of Brass and Voices, Royal Albert Hall November 2015

It finally happened!  The most exhilarating weekend, from the fun of the hotel, camaraderie and great food; the excitement of seeing the inside of the Albert Hall; the dressing up; the enjoyment of rehearsing with all those choirs, and finally the lights, sounds and emotions of the concert with all our families waving at us from around the hall.

“Glorious!”

“Well… What a dream of a night…. All the emotions under the sun… Sad it’s over now…. But bursting with pride and joy for my lovely lovely choir chums and me….”

“It was a lifetime’s dream to be part of this.”

 

Open rehearsal November 2015

To share what we have been learning for the Festival of Brass and Voices, we held an open rehearsal/informal recital for friends and family instead of our usual choir practice. It was also a challenge to sing all the repertoire without words.

“I’m the person who HATES all-women choirs and you were wonderful. You have a sound that’s all your own.” Audience member.

 

Nearly there…

After months of practice we’re raring to go for our Albert Hall concert. See an article in the local newspaper about the concert.

 

Rehearsal at Steam Museum September 2015

This was the South of England rehearsal for the Festival of Brass and Voices in November. We joined in with several other choirs from as far away as Penzance and Kent for a busy but very enjoyable practice. The Corey Band were fantastic and gave us a taste of what it’s going to be like in November.

 

Wedding September 2015

The sun shone for Lindsey and Alex’s wedding – a lovely occasion and we were very happy to be there. We wish them every happiness in the future.

 “I felt so proud to belong to such a brilliant choir.” 

 

Presentation to Dr Veronica July 2015

Dr Veronica Sawicki came to our rehearsal on 30th July to be presented with the cheque from our concert earlier in the month. Hearing her talk about Madina in Sierra Leone was both fascinating and humbling. We were delighted that our contribution will be used to help set up a training centre for young mothers. We have decided as a choir to adopt HelpMadina as our chosen charity and also to donate the £205 from the Fairford Festival of Choirs to them.

Summer Festival of Choirs July 2015

A real British summer day – sun one minute, showers the next, umbrellas, cream teas – and of course lots and lots of singing! Fifteen choirs performed in the delightful surroundings of Swindon’s Old Town Bowl, every one different and special (and none singing from sheets!). What a joy to see music so alive and well in the area.

“Golly it was wet but we still enjoyed ourselves!”

 

Summer Song July 2015

A fantastic day with our friends ‘A Burst of Blue’ and their inspiring conductor Mary. Singing all day, new songs, a lovely lunch and masses of cake, followed by our concert in the church – it doesn’t come much better than that! Delighted to announce our takings of £1010 which all go to HelpMadina. Huge thanks to all our helpers, people who donated raffle prizes and of course the wonderful and generous audience.

“I thought your choir sounded fantastic! Its repertoire is getting ever more complex and the rich sound you produce is absolutely gorgeous………and they’re such a lovely bunch of people.”

 

Twitter

We’re now on Twitter! For those of you who know what that means, you’ll find us on @A_Splash_of_Red – check us out! Or LIKE us on Facebook – we have over 100 likes now.

Rehearsal for Albert Hall

We had our first rehearsal with Bill Relton, the conductor for the Albert Hall Festival of Brass and Voices on 15th June. Now we’re all excited about the big day!

 

Festival of Choirs June 2015

A lovely evening with local choirs the Coln Choir and St Mary’s Church Choir, as well as talented young musicians. A real celebration of music, which raised around £600 to be split between the three choirs for our chosen charities.

“Many thanks for taking part in the concert, it was an amazing evening and so many people have said how much they enjoyed it.”

 

Fairford Festival June 2015

We enjoyed singing on home ground with a friendly crowd and plenty of Pimms!

Lechlade Festival May 2015

Another first for A Splash of Red as we sang on the same stage as Status Quo and Doctor and the Medics. The sun came out for the rest of the day and we had the rest of the weekend to enjoy the festival. Such fun!

“An amazing weekend and a wonderful experience, never thought I would ever do anything like singing, let alone at a venue like this!”

 

Barnsley Festival May 2015

As always the day was glorious and the church filled for our short recital. It was a tight squeeze in the tiny church, even with the smaller choir there, but a thoroughly enjoyable event and highly appreciated by the organisers.

“The choir goes from strength to strength. What a wonderful sound and songs. It was Wow!”

 

Concert with Swindon Male Voice Choir April 2015

A joy as always to sing with the Male Voice Choir and support a very worthy cause. Singing in the Bath Road Methodist Church with its wonderful acoustics was a great experience for all of us. The total raised for Parkinson’s UK was £808.15.

“Have received nothing but compliments and praise for the choral contribution of your choir, describing it as ‘getting ever better from beginning to end’.” SMVC 

“May I, on behalf of Parkinson’s UK Swindon and District Branch, say a huge thank you for the wonderful singing… The atmosphere at the concert was electric and I know everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and a good deal of money was raised for our cause.” Parkinson’s UK

 

Wedding April 2015

It was a beautiful day for an April wedding and we were delighted to be able to sing for the happy couple. Over the Rainbow and Never Walk Alone went down well with the guests (especially the many Liverpool fans.)

 

Logo

We’ve had a logo designed specially for us by a young architecture student, so look out for it.

 

Social 

We had a great social evening instead of our rehearsal on Thursday 12th February. Lovely food, super service and wonderful company! To mark five years since A Splash of Red was formed, presentations of brooches were made to fifteen ‘founder’ members. Thanks to the staff at Khushi, Lechlade, who worked so hard to keep forty-five of us happy and fed!

 

Concert in South Cerney

Our concert with the Swindon Male Voice Choir on 17th January was a lovely evening, despite the cold! Around £940 was raised for the British Legion and the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Thankyou to all who attended.

“Please convey my thanks and appreciation to Claire and ‘A Splash of Red’ – they were brilliant. Concerts like this one don’t come any better!”

“Thank you for a wonderful concert on Saturday evening. Your choir were fantastic I especially loved the African pieces the sound you got was so authentic.”