OUR NEXT MAIN CONCERT
At 7.30pm on Saturday December 15th, at the Hanney War Memorial Hall, OX12 0JL the Choir presents “A Very Hanney Christmas”, a concert mostly of Christmas pieces in four-part harmony, but with some requiring audience participation! Oxfordshire flute ensemble “OK Flutes” (see below) will be performing with the choir for the first time, as Concert Guests.
Interval refreshments include tea, coffee and mince-pies as well as drinks from the bar.
Concert proceeds will be in aid of the Hanney Community Shop and choir funds. Tickets at £8 each will be available from the Hanney Village Shop or by phoning 01235 768249 or 01235 868440.
Members Mary and Amy kindly contributed the following for information:
We have all been playing with the adult ensembles through the Oxfordshire County Music Service for a number of years, and also have an annual holiday to Kastav in Croatia. One evening, over a bottle of the local wine, we decided to come up with a name for ourselves, that suitably described our abilities at the time. The name OK Flutes derived from Oxford-Kastav and the idea that we were nearly acceptable players! Of course since then, we have all practised hard and developed our skills so we are more than just ‘OK’!
NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Sheenagh Dernie (BA Hons., Dip.Music(Open), has been teaching music and conducting choirs to a high standard for a number of years and we have enjoyed sharing stage with some of her young students in the past (e.g. with ‘Fantasia’ at our Annual Concert in 2010.) We are very happy that Sheenagh has agreed to accept the appointment of MD to our choir, from January 2018.
ANNUAL CONCERT 2018
The choir’s main fund-raising event of the year took place at The Beacon, Wantage, on Saturday March 24th. We were delighted to be joined by local children’s choir CARITAS, also under Sheenagh’s musical direction. CARITAS was formed by the Wantage & Grove Christian Aid Group in 2016, for children from 7 years and upwards and aims to raise money for Christian Aid projects. (See www.caritas-choir.co.uk )
The Annual Concert proceeds help us to operate whilst keeping our charges at reasonable levels. At the same time we try to help local charities and for the last three years the concert proceeds have enabled us to present £500 in turn to the local charities Wantage & Grove Street Pastors, the Sweatbox Youth Group, based at King Alfred’s School, Wantage and the DAMASCUS Youth Project operating in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxon. For this year we chose the Wantage October Club for Alzheimer’s and Dementia.