Surrey Voices Shine in Malta

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Ladies Choir in Valletta parade

Surrey was well represented in Malta last week as three local choirs travelled together to take part in the 23rd International Choir Festival.

An impressive party of 195 singers and supporters from Surrey Music’s two community choirs (Elmbridge Choir and Elmbridge Ladies Choir), together with Vox Mundi International Ladies Choir from Egham, enjoyed a five-day trip full of sightseeing and singing.

Dale's Swansong a Spectacular Success

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Surrey Music’s ‘Razzle Dazzle’ charity concert on Saturday night at Addlestone Community Centre evoked a mix of emotions for the society’s members and audience alike.

Whilst the two community choirs were delighted to be performing and to be raising money for yourSanctuary (a charity which supports victims of domestic abuse), the evening was tinged with sadness as it was the last time Elmbridge Ladies Choir’s Musical Director, Dale Thomas, would be conducting the choir.

Snowball hits the spot!

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There was no doubt that Christmas had arrived in Claygate last weekend as the 200-plus voices of Surrey Music performed a seasonal spectacular, ‘Make Mine a Snowball!’ at Holy Trinity Church.

While the audience of 350 enjoyed a varied festive programme from Elmbridge Ladies Choir and Elmbridge Choir, a dazzling light and visual show created a magical ambience within the church.  

Rockin' and Rollin' by the River

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Despite the disappointingly dull weather on Saturday evening, Elmbridge Ladies Choir was in fine form, entertaining a lively and appreciative audience of 130 at Molesey Amateur Regatta.

Showcasing no less than 18 songs from the choir’s wide-ranging repertoire, the ladies sang with spirit and with feeling, the informal marquee setting perfectly suited to the friendly nature of the choir. Spot-on harmonies and great solos, quiet humour and charm from the choir’s very capable Musical Director Dale Thomas, provided the audience with a thoroughly splendid and memorable evening.

Surrey Music and Elmbridge Ladies Choir are delighted that ‘Rollin’ by the River’ raised £550 for Woking Hospice, a charity close to the heart of many of the society members.

Proud to be part of Cobham's Heritage

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Surrey Music is has its roots firmly planted in Cobham having been rehearsing  in the village since its formation eight years ago,  and Elmbridge Ladies Choir is therefore delighted to have been invited to perform at the ‘Grand Finale’ of this year’s Cobham Heritage Day.

Taking place on Saturday 14th September 2013, this annual event organised by Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust promises to be a great family event. As in previous years there will be plenty of stalls and attractions in Church Street, around St Andrew’s Church and the Leg O’Mutton Field. 

The day of celebrations will come to a close with a performance of Cobham Players’ award-winning and captivating production, ‘September in the Rain’, followed by Elmbridge Ladies Choir singing a programme of songs reflecting the theme of the play, including ‘Ain't no Sunshine’, ‘Singin' in the Rain’, ‘September Song’ and ‘It's Raining Men’.  The evening’s fabulous entertainment will take place in Cobham Village Hall, starting at 7pm.

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for Cobham residents to see just what the ladies get up to each week at rehearsal. Elmbridge Ladies Choir started rehearsing in Cobham in February 2009 when there were just 30 of us’, says choir member Alison Florence. ‘Nowfour years later there are 90 of us and we are looking forward to raising the roof at the Grand Finale of Cobham Heritage Day.’

Tickets for the evening performances cost £10 which includes a pre-performance drink, and are available from CCHT, PO Box 335, Cobham KT11 9AY, or from Cobham Book Shop in Anyards Road.