The Quangle Wangle Choir  2017

Le Temps des fleurs


What Went On In 2017?

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One of The Quangle Wangle Choir's songs this year was Le Temps des fleurs ie The Time of Flowers (better known in the UK as Those Were the Days.)

Julie Ellis painted these flowers to take us through the year. Click on a flower in the clock-calendar above to see what we did that month.

New Year's resolution - join a choir?

As always in January a fine crop of new singers joined us


New Year = New Singers


Spring sprang into life.
We celebrated with daffodils
Brendan Taaffe

March 14th: Brendan Taaffe

Singing workshop from 7 - 9.30

Those who came to Brendan's workshop with us a couple of years ago had spread the word so we had a great turn-out of 63 participants! Have a look at his website to get an idea of the territory. A memorable evening of music-making.


Weymouth Choral Society invited us to be their guests and made us very welcome. Each choir enjoyed listening to the other and joining together for some numbers. Soloists Jodie and Chloe Tripp, and Louse Dukes were a treat for everyone.

April 8th: Weymouth

7.30 All Saints School with WCS
Swing Into Spring

Lucky us! 27 Quangles sailed away to the beautiful south coast of Brittany for the weekend of 28th April to 1st May. The choir of Trinité-sur-mer, (see ), hosted us and gave a joint concert with us, complete with lilies of the valley for the Fête du muguet

April 29th: Brittany

8.30pm in the chapel at Saint-Philibert
near Trinité-sur-mer
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st philibert

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Les français
Les français

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La mer..a des reflets d'argent
La mer..a des reflets d'argent

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st philibert
st philibert

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We were made very welcome by the team at St. Nicholas church, who had rounded up a really good audience. Sunday afternoon is a lovely time to do a concert. Many of us topped off the afternoon with a cream tea in the sunshine at the Abbey House. 

May 14th

St. Nicholas Church Abbotsbury 3pm
St Nicholas Church Abbotsbury

Zoe Charles and Liam Winzar from Fareham got married and  we had the great honour of singing L-O-V-E, Here There and Everywhere and Best Day of My Life for them, as requested.


St Nicholas Church Abbotsbury

There are 3 ingredients that make for a perfect Cruise Croon - good weather, an absence of background engine noise and passengers who come out and listen as we sing on the quayside. On this particular evening we did at least have beautiful weather!


Cruise Croon

Great turn-out on Thursday and there's nothing like pinning on a rose to put you in a good mood. Beautiful place to sing - both aesthetically and acoustically.

June 8th: Dorchester

1 - 2pm at Dorset County Museum
High West Street Dorchester DT1 1XA
The Quangle Wangle Choir at Greenhill Gardens Weymouth

July 2nd: Weymouth

2pm Greenhill Gardens

Singing outside can be tricky, but with perfect weather, a crowd of attentive listeners and the Greenhill Gardens bandstand keeping the sound of our voices from drifting out to sea, this was a delightful afternoon.


We travelled simultaneously East and back in time with a steam train journey in Purbeck, stopping to sing at Corfe Castle and Swanage. No fish paste sandwiches in our picnic but otherwise a very Enid Blyton day out.

July 9th: Swanage

Swanage Steam Railway
Hello Suzy!
Prita's train picture
Prita's train picture

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Travelling in style
Travelling in style

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Farewell from Suzy
Farewell from Suzy

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Prita's train picture
Prita's train picture

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This was be the second time Sylvia King  asked us to give a concert at her birthday party, so we must have done something right the first time.  

Happy Birthday Sylvia - not to mention Fijne Verjaardag, Buon Compleanno, Joyeux Anniversaire and Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!


Birthday Party
Steam train by Prita Charnley

Time for The Quangle Wangle Choir to take a break and soak up the sunshine on Weymouth beach


Weymouth beach


Mellow fruitfulness

As autumn turned into winter and the season of mellow fruitfulness gave way to the season of foggy chill we  learnt new repertoire and revisited old favourites in preparation for Christmas


Christmas preparations

A joy to help host Larry Gordon's Northern Harmony singers from Vermont. See their website

Then, at the end of the month, congratulations to Su Lewis, Island Voices and the song leaders for another successful Community Choirs Day.

November 2nd


Christmas concerts are always fun - especially when the audience are up for joining in when asked, as the good folk of Abbotsbury were today.

December 16th: Abbotsbury

Christmas concert from 3 to 4pm
St. Nicholas Church Abbotsbury
St Nicholas Church Abbotsbury

December 29th: Dorchester

Christmas concert at 4pm
United Church South Street

Nearly a full house and we raised well over £300 for The Horse Course

The Quangle Wangle Choir at Christmas

That's all for 2017 folks