The Musicality Singers - Summer concert (1 July 2022)

Time flies when you are having fun, so the saying goes. Well, it’s certainly true for the Musicality Singers as it doesn’t seem that long since it was Christmas carols being sung and now it’s polishing the performance in readiness for the summer concert on Friday the 1st July.

The Singers are currently revisiting some traditional ballads and classic pop songs that have proved to be huge crowd pleasers in the past. This includes a hauntingly beautiful, but less well known version of ‘Ave Maria’ and a selection of songs from ‘West Side Story’, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s much loved musical of star crossed lovers set in 1950s New York.

The choir has introduced new material that its members are sure will prove just as popular with audiences. Much of this has been arranged especially for the choir by its very talented Musical Director, Greg Watson. After 10 years directing the Singers, he certainly knows how to get the best out of the choir. 

So, if you want to give yourself a treat on the 1st July come along and enjoy a summer concert from the Musicality Singers. It’s at Worksop Town Hall, Bridge St, Worksop S80 1DG, Doors open at 6.15pm and the performance begins at 7.00pm. For tickets please contact musicalitysingersworksop@gmail.com 

Jackie Rhodes

A Musicality Experience - 9th June 2022

After a highly successful return to singing (finally getting back together after eighteen months of Covid restrictions) The Musicality Singers has set the bar high for itself.  And we just know that the Singers won’t simply rest on their laurels. It’s not their style. 

This popular local choir is constantly developing and working on its repertoire. On the 9th June it’s an open invitation for anyone to come and listen to the Singers “live and unedited” during a Thursday morning rehearsal at The Poplars Church in Worksop. You won’t go thirsty either, as refreshments will be available.

During the rehearsal you will see the enthusiasm and dedication which makes the choir so popular and successful. In addition it’s fun to be part of, what more could anyone want?

So, if you want to give yourself a treat on a Thursday Morning then please come along to the rehearsal. You might even decide that you would like to join us? We don’t audition so if you enjoy singing it’s perfect.

Looking forward to seeing you, 9th June, 10.30am at The Poplars Church, (formerly The Golden Ball), Victoria Square, Worksop, S80 1 DX.

If you don’t want to wait until the 9th June, to find out more about the choir send an email to musicalitysingers.worksop@gmail.com

Jackie Rhodes

A Massive Thank You from the Musicality Singers 

(April 2022)

The choir are most grateful for contributions from Councillor Sybil Fielding and Tesco's.

Firstly, a massive thank you to Councillor Sybil Fielding who donated £300 to the choir on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

A second big thank you goes to Tesco's, Worksop. We were featured as their recipients of the "book table" donations for March. This is where customers donate books, and other customers then make a donation to buy and read those books. Thanks to customer's generosity we received a cheque for a fantastic £220.

Both contributions mean a lot to the choir and will certainly help towards securing our future.

Jackie Rhodes

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A Musicality Experience (April 2022)

After a highly successful return to singing (finally getting back together after eighteen months of Covid restrictions) The Musicality Singers has set the bar high for itself.  And we just know that the Singers won’t simply rest on their laurels. It’s not their style. 

This popular local choir is constantly developing and working on its repertoire. On the 2nd June it’s an open invitation for anyone to come and listen to the Singers “live and unedited” during a Thursday morning rehearsal. You won’t go thirsty either, as refreshments will be available.

During the rehearsal you will see the enthusiasm and dedication which makes the choir so popular and successful. In addition it’s fun to be part of, what more could anyone want?

The Singers are currently revisiting some traditional ballads and classic pop songs that have proved to be huge crowd pleasers in the past. This includes a hauntingly beautiful, but less well known version of ‘Ave Maria’ and a selection of songs from ‘West Side Story’, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s much loved musical of star crossed lovers set in 1950s New York.

The choir has introduced new material that its members hope will prove just as popular. Much of this has been arranged especially for the choir by its very talented Musical Director, Greg Watson. After 10 years directing the Singers he certainly knows how to get the best out of them. So, if you want to give yourself a treat on a Thursday Morning then please come along to the rehearsal. You might even decide that you would like to join us? We don’t audition so if you enjoy singing it’s perfect.

Looking forward to seeing you, 2nd June, 10.30am at The Poplars Church, (formerly The Golden Ball), Victoria Square, Worksop, S80 1 DX.

If you don’t want to wait until the 2nd June, just keep checking out the choir website.

Jackie Rhodes

The Musicality Singers (March 2022)

Who knew it could feel so good singing as part of a choir? Not me! It’s something I’d thought about many times and I’m so glad I finally took the plunge.

I joined the choir a few months before Covid struck, so it’s wonderful to be back rehearsing once again. I certainly didn’t want to audition for a choir so the Musicality Singers were perfect for me to join. I thought that my voice was pitched as an alto. However, how wrong I was, as during my first rehearsal it was clear that the alto part was a bit high for me and I moved to join the tenors. So, in doing that I doubled the number of lady tenors. I love singing the tenor part, not only do we get to sing great accompanying lines but also the tune on occasions.

Part of the enjoyment is due in no small part, of course, to having a talented musical director, Greg Watson, who has made the learning fun. After all, Greg is in his 10th year of leading us so he is clearly doing something right. Greg is fully supported by Jennifer Demichelli who not only accompanies us but warms us up ready to sing in spectacular fashion (you really do need to come along to discover what she gets us to do, and it’s different every week). They are such a good double-act to have encouraging and motivating us.

We have an amazingly wide-ranging repertoire that covers music from: New York’s Broadway and London’s West End; from Bowie, Queen and Sting; and classic pop and choral numbers, with new music continually being added (much of it arranged specially for us by Greg Watson). We put on two main fundraising concerts a year – one in summer and one just before Christmas – to help subsidise the charity and community performances we undertake. Indeed, our first charity event for 2022 is at St John’s church in Worksop on 2nd May starting at 2.30pm.

 

If finding out what it’s like to be part of a community choir is something you would like to try out don’t forget rehearsals are from 10.30 to 12.30 on Thursday mornings at the Golden Ball, Victoria Square, Worksop (now the home of the Poplars Church).

 

Jackie Rhodes

The Musicality Singers (February 2022)

 

A Worksop community project filmed us rehearsing during December 2021. Please have a watch and listen to us and hear from choir members about what the choir means to them.

We feature from 2:24 to 4:41 in the video.

If you are wondering why some of our members are wearing coats, it's because we had the doors open for air circulation to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

The Musicality Singers (February 2022)

After the traumas of the past couple of years, this year, thankfully, seemed to get off to a good start for The Musicality Singers, with the choir getting back on form in January after the Christmas break. Our accompanist, Jennie, secretly recorded us while we sang through one of our newest pieces (from ‘Les Mis’). When the recording was played back, we were delighted to hear how good it sounded. Someone even said: “We sound like a real choir again.” On another occasion, after some work on polishing an old favourite medley of songs, Greg, our musical director, was overjoyed with the way we were performing. Definitely a promising start to what should be a special year for The Musicality Singers. The choir is now ten years old. Our 10th birthday fell in autumn of last year, but we weren’t in a position to celebrate then because of Covid restrictions. This year is also the 10th anniversary of Greg Watson becoming our Musical Director. It will be a double celebration year.

You can expect some popular favourites from previous performances as part of the celebration (what you might call The Musicality Singers’ greatest hits) as well as new material that is currently being practised and polished.

And it’s just as well that the choir is back and in fine voice, as it already has a substantial programme of performances planned for the year. The first is a charity event at St John’s church in Worksop on 2nd May. From then on, there are performances either in Worksop, Shireoaks or Dinnington in most months until the end of the year. Charity and community events figure prominently in the programme, but there will also be the return of our popular summer and Christmas concerts. The summer concert will be at Worksop Town Hall on 1st July and the Christmas concert will be back at The Crossing in Worksop on 15th December. (You might want to make a note in your diary – remember it’s a double celebration year.)

2022 started off well for the choir. Here’s hoping that it carries on in that way for everyone.

Malcolm Fritchley

 

The Musicality Singers (January 2022)

Well, here we are with a whole new year to play with - and the first rehearsal of 2022 taking place on 6th January.

Last year was the choir’s 10th anniversary. Sadly, because of the Covid situation, we couldn’t do anything to mark the occasion. It seems wrong though, to ignore such a milestone. So we’ll just have to move the celebrations on a year. Venues are being lined up and a programme of music is being put together to make sure that the anniversary is properly celebrated. We’ll be re-acquainting ourselves with some of the popular favourites from over the ten years, of course. There will also be new material. (We’ve never been a choir that rests on its laurels, just as we’ve never been ‘ordinary’.)  Last year, almost as soon as we started rehearsals again we were being asked to be involved in different community events for this year. Could be an exciting time, Covid willing.

We’ll be letting you know how things develop as 2022 progresses. If you want to know more about The Musicality Singers and what we do, don’t forget you can check out our website at: www.musicalitysingers.com.  If finding out what it’s like to be part of a community choir was one of your new year’s resolutions (or even if it wasn’t) don’t forget rehearsals are from 10.30 to 12.30 on Thursday mornings at the Golden Ball, Victoria Square, Worksop (now the home of the Poplars Church).

For now, from The Musicality Singers to all of you, here’s a fervent wish for a happier new year 

The Musicality Singers (December 2021)

Well, it’s been a strange couple of years for everyone. The Musicality Singers started 2020 in buoyant mood. The choir’s Christmas concert had been a huge success and people were learning new material and planning for the move to a new rehearsal venue at The Golden Ball in Worksop. Then, just after the move, everything stopped. Lockdown! Even when lockdowns were lifted, government guidelines effectively prohibited choirs getting together. It was a long wait until the beginning of September this year when the choir could reunite at last.

Sadly, The Musicality Singers won’t be able to give us one of its quirky, entertaining, highly popular Christmas concerts this year. Plans are being put in place, though, for a programme of concerts for next year.

 

In the meantime, if you want to hear the choir there are a couple of opportunities to do that before Christmas. The choir will be singing at the Carol Service at St Luke’s church in Shireoaks on 12 December. The service begins at 6.30pm.

 

The Musicality Singers will also be opening its doors to the public at one of its general rehearsal sessions from 10.30 to 12.30 on 16 December at the Golden Ball. If you want to go along, you’d be very welcome. (There may be coffee and cake, too.) It will be a sort of peek behind the scenes.

In the meantime, a very happy Christmas to you all from The Musicality Singers

 

 

The Musicality Singers (October 2021)

We’re back! After 18 months of not being able to get together, The Musicality Singers held a long awaited practice on 2nd September 2021 – the first of many, hopefully. There was no knowing how many people would turn up on the day, but in the event, about two thirds of the choir were there. (To be honest, that was better than I’d hoped.) We were also joined by a new member and, by the time you read this, so I’m told, we will have another four new members. Welcome to you all.

So, how did it go? Jenni, our brilliant accompanist, set the ball rolling by getting us to do breathing and singing exercises to get lungs and voice boxes operating properly, followed by some tongue twisters to exercise facial muscles and tongues. They were about cups of coffee in copper coffee pots and witches watching which watch. (Well, we never have been run of the mill.) Then it was over to Greg, our esteemed musical director, to get us singing. After some pieces that have been part of our repertoire for a while to get us used to being together again, we moved on to working on a new arrangement.  It was a Christmas song. Yes, September 2nd and we’re already getting ready for Christmas!

And, to round things off, Chris, our accomplished chairperson, had organised a buffet for us (and rather nice it was too, although she has told us not to expect it on a regular basis).

Speaking personally, looking back on this first practice, I could tell I was rusty. But as the session went on, the rust began to flake away and some of the shine began to reappear. I’m looking forward to shedding more rust and becoming more polished over the coming weeks. And, whatever my shortcomings this time round, I have to say it was so good to be back with everyone again and to be singing as part of a choir after such a long time.

                                                                                               

Malcolm Fritchley