We are a very social choir and enjoy a drink at the pub after rehearsal. Social evenings such as barn dances and skittles evenings are a yearly occurrence, and we recently enjoyed a day out in London, singing in three central London churches – St Clement Danes, St Brides and All Hallows by the Tower. Some of us rounded the day off with a pub meal in ‘The Crooked Billet’, our ‘local’.
A recommendation from Howard Goodall meant we were invited to sing in Carnegie Hall by Distinguished Concerts International New York for the NYC premiere of Howard Goodall’s ‘Eternal Light: A Requiem’. This was a huge honour – and massively exciting! We took a group of twenty-one singers and six friends. Not only did the singers learn many new vocal techniques from the conductor, but it was a fun holiday for the choir members, and the experience of a life time to sing in such a famous venue.
Singing in the Summer – Our Summer concert, which is usually held in July, is a fun event with a supper included in the ticket price. An evening of light hearted music is always welcome by family and friends, with some amazing raffle prizes to try and win.
Christmas with HCS – As with many choirs, we receive lots of requests to sing at Christmas. We enjoy getting together to sing festive music, but we try and balance this with the other demands on our time at Christmas. We usually sing at one event – we’ve sung at fundraisers, care homes, John Lewis, garden centres – and our traditional Carol Crawl where we sing in a few local pubs with all the monies raised going to a local charity, finishing the evening at the Crooked Billet with mince pies.