As part of a joint project between the Association of British Choral Directors, Staffordshire Performing Arts and Sing Up West Midlands, the Choir took part in a music workshop and concert at Birmingham Town Hall. Rehearsing the music of Bob Chilcott through the day, the Choir joined with many other voices in the early evening to perform a varied programme including his well known piece “Little Jazz Mass”. He was the musical director for the day and we arrived home tired but inspired having thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
St Luke’s held its annual Flower Festival during the weekend of the Well Dressing. In a beautifully decorated church, and warmly welcomed by church members and visitors, the Choir sang a full programme during the afternoon - we were then treated to tea and cakes – and gained a couple of new potential members in the process.
Late May Bank Holiday 2011
ST LUKE’S CHURCH ENDON
Late May Bank Holiday 2011
ENDON WELL DRESSING
This was the second year that the Choir had been invited to sing at the Endon Well Dressing. Performing outside brings its own challenges (not least of which is competing with the odd motorbike mid-song!) but the Well Dressing is one of our main community events and is loved by all members of the Choir. An impromptu “Happy Birthday” to our musical director Dan Hollingshurst rounded off this year’s performance.
We had hoped to help Endon Hall Primary School celebrate its 40th Anniversary by singing outside on a gloriously sunny, summer afternoon – but this was July and the weather had other ideas. Amid torrential downpours, visitors, children, babies, staff and stalls were all hastily decamped to the warmth and dry of the main hall. In a wonderful atmosphere of noisily drying-out small people, the Choir gave its performance to a slightly damp and steaming audience – and a thoroughly good afternoon was enjoyed by us all.
ENDON HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL
Continuing the Choir’s aim to encourage anyone who loves singing to give it a try - Come and Sing was an invitation to do just that. Held at Endon High School, members of the public came along and had a fun afternoon finding out just what can be achieved, musically, in a very short time and we’re delighted that, following this event, our membership numbers have increased significantly.
8 October 2011
ENDON HIGH SCHOOL
Come and Sing
5 November 2011
KING’S HALL, STOKE-ON-TRENT
The choir was honoured to receive an invitation from the Royal British Legion to join with the Festival of Remembrance at the King's Hall, Stoke. We sang a total of 4 items - including the lovely unaccompanied round "Dona Nobis Pacem". A moving and memorable evening.
The choir was delighted to have been invited to perform again at the 2012 Remembrance Fesitval.
To help its fundraising efforts towards the ongoing Restoration Programme, Bethesda Methodist Chapel in Hanley held a series of Open Days during 2011. On a bright and sunny but very cold winter’s day, the Choir, sporting hats, scarves, gloves and possibly the odd hot water bottle – sang a variety of Christmas music to an enthusiastic – if equally chilly – audience.
10 December 2011
The year was brought to a close with our contribution to the annual Christmas Carol Service at the Methodist Church. Once again, the age-old nativity story was brought to life in a series of readings, nativity songs and carols – supported by and including traditional music and songs performed by Endon Community Choir.
18 December 2011
ENDON COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE
Ford Green Hall in Smallthorne was beautifully decorated, in Tudor style, for Christmas. The Choir received a very warm welcome from both staff in costume and visitors alike and sang many festive songs during the afternoon, inviting everyone to join in favourite and much-loved carols.