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.