Category Archives: Choir

April 2019

Love Hearts, Candy sticks (once known as Sweet Cigarettes), wine gums, dolly mixtures, sherbet fountains, flying saucers and other old fashioned confectionery were the prizes at our April meeting which our guest speaker, Bob Jones, handed out. Bob had us racking our brains to remember faces, shows or catch phrases and there were plenty of cries of “oh what was his name”.

Bob Harding-Jones, to give him his full Equity title, came along to remind us or, for the younger members, tells us about the greats of British comedy.

 

Bob’s talk entitled “A Personal Pick” and illustrated by photos or film clips, started with Tommy Handley and a recording from ITMA of “That’s my weakness” from September 1928 and included “Can you hear me Mother” (1930), “The day war broke out” 1940, Arthur Askey, Richard Murdock, Hattie Jacques who played in so many comedy shows (1944), Much Binding in the Marsh, The Glums, Percy Edwards, The Goons, Fawlty Towers and not to forget Dad’s Army.  There were plenty of others and the list is a long one.   And Bob kept us so well entertained and amused.

Our Easter Bonnet parade and competition followed with Yvonne Gover’s hat being voted the best and Yvonne received a pot plant as her prize.

At the end of the evening all the members received a chocolate bunny so no one went home empty handed.

Some members are attending the Centenary Annual Council meeting at which Baroness Foella Benjamin will be speaking.  Most of us remember her from Play School but these days she is busy looking into primary education on behalf of the Liberal Democrats and lending support to many children’s and health charities.

Our April lunch held at the Wheatsheaf at Perry was again a great success and as always we were well looked after there. For the May lunch we are returning to the Three Horseshoes at Graveley who are under fairly new management and feedback reports tell us they serve one of the best Sunday lunches locally so it should be good.

The choir continues to rehearse ready for the ‘Afternoon of Music and Song’ to be held in the Village Hall on 9th June.  Tickets £10 each are on sale now and children under 12 are free.

Our Visit to Ferrars Hall Care Home

On Sunday March 17th the Choir were pleased to visit Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon to sing to the residents. The care home has special significance to the Choir as one of the residents was until very recently a member of the Papworth and Elsworth WI. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and the Choir looked really cheerful in their cerice coloured blouses.

The residents joined in to well known songs such as ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’ and ‘The Lambeth Walk.
The Choir also entertained them to songs as ‘Be my Guest’, ‘Hine Ma Tov’, ‘Fly me to the Moon’. All in all a very pleasant time and before leaving we were able to sit and chat to the residents.

New-Year New-Songs New-Challenges

Saffron Hall Festival

A Happy New Year is wished to all our supporters who are so willing to step forward and assist the Choir during the year,  This year Lyrical Voices are planning an afternoon of Music and Song to be held at the Papworth Village Hall in June.  This will be an opportunity for friends and family along with local villagers to come along and enjoy this musical enterprise with refreshment and a raffle to complete what should be, a very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.  Information and details of this event will be announced later.

The Choir are also singing at a local care home in the Spring  and arrangements are going ahead with this.  We would like to extend a warm welcome to any like minded persons who feel they would enjoy singing  with the Choir.  We are a very friendly group and have a lot of fun and laughter during our singing sessions.  There is no need to have sung before or to read music and you do not have to be a WI member so just come along to the Studio on the lst, 2nd or 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.15pm and join the girls.

 

Choir sing at Ely Cathedral and Elsworth Trinity Church

 

For the forth year running the Choir have sung at Ely Cathedral for their annual Charity Carol Service with proceeds to Royal Papworth Hospital.  Our song this year was a traditional German Carol ‘In Winter’ by Victor C Johnson,  a very pretty Carol and one we all enjoyed singing.  We would like to thank Thania, a good friend of our musical director Jan, who kindly conducted the choir in Jan’s absence,  also Penny our pianist.  The Choir arrived early to enjoy a light lunch in the Almonry Tea Room before heading up to the Lady Chapel for a quick rehearsal.   After the Service mince pies and mulled wine were served to the congregation by some of our choir members.

On Saturday 22nd of December we sang at Elsworth Trinity Church Carol Service.   Our choice of songs were ‘In Winter’ by Victor C Johnson, ‘Somewhere in My Memory’ by Leslie Bricusse and John Williams, ‘Starlight’ by Giles Swayne and we finished with a lighthearted rendition of ‘Rudolph The Red=Nosed Reindeer’.  Once again the Mulled Wine and Mince Pies were served and a very social time was enjoyed by all.

 

Choir sings at St Peter’s Church Flower Festival

On Sunday 1st July,  St Peter’s Church, Papworth held their bi annual Flower Festival and Lyrical Voices were invited to sing at a small concert during the afternoon.  The weather was fantastic and  friends and family turned out to look at the spended flower arrangements to the theme of  ‘Hats’ and what a show they put on.  The choir then sang to their audience some lovely songs as ‘The Rose’,  ‘ Hallelujah’, ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and more.  All this was followed by refreshments out in the very pleasant July sunshine, an altogether delightful day.

Also during July the Choir was presented with a cheque from our own WI.  As we are self funding we do have to raise monies ourselves and this will help to pay our entrance monies when we sing at differant functions,  so a big thank you on behalf of the members.