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
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 trinichoeur.free.fr ), 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
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.
St. Nicholas Church Abbotsbury 3pm
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.
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!
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
Time for The Quangle Wangle Choir to take a break and soak up the sunshine on Weymouth beach
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
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.
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
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