Latest news and Action Group Notes

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Posted By: Barbara Wood
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, 21 Oct 2021
VoiceWorx  - Action Group News

A few notes and updates for you

4th October 2021
Present: Alan, Barbara, Heather, Paul, Linda, plus Ceri Neil, & David
Apols: Gavin, Caitlin
  1. How’s it going so far this Autumn?
  • Home page and other pages have been updated and further updates will follow. AB/PS/BW aiming to keep it up to date.
  • Songs AB has done songs with backing tracks, music sheets and also lyric sheets now being added. All agreed this is really good to have as we work on new songs.
Sectionals – very well received – 7 sopranos 9 altos 9 T&B – all agreed a worthwhile session – further sessions may be added

Rehearsals – wonderful to be back together!
Alan is happy to continue “solo”. Sue won’t be coming this term – we wish her all the best, but understand that her family needs her this term.

REMINDER Covid precautions still important – doors and windows need to be open – please test before attending – don’t come if ill or been in contact with others who are – masks optional but encouraged if in very close contact for example.  Remember to bring own chairs – All agreed this works well, and keen to continue so that we don’t have to wipe hall chairs down!   BRING YOUR WOOLLIES & A DRINK!
  1. How are the finances looking?
Heather gave a brief update – looking good as always at the start of term.
  • 71 on the register
  • Some new, some pre pandemic coming back, 7 registered, not yet appeared.
  • Main costs Music Director and music, hall, insurance and prof indemnity, website, plus sundries.
  • Marie Curie donations over £900 – aiming to get past £1k with a final push on 4th December.
  1. Plans, arrangements and jobs needing doing for 4th Dec and 11th December
Discussion centred around publicity and advertising, flyers, social media, tickets – who does what from design to selling tickets.

  • Poster coming soon - - get it in your diary and invite friends and family.
  • ALL are welcome – this really will be a BIG NIGHT OUT!
  • We will be asking for help nearer the time to set the hall and stage up – and take it down!
  • Meantime – get spreading the word – tickets coming soon! A charity event for all the family raising funds for Marie Curie with Framed, Marram Grass and The Dilly Boys – food and bar!
11th Dec – Our Spectacular Christmas Concert!
  • 11th Dec: VoiceWorx, Bel Canto and Cullompton Community Choir
  • Watch this space for a poster and details.
  • Morning rehearsal 10am. Doors at 6.30. Concert at 7pm.
We would welcome volunteers for 4th and 11th Dec to help as follows:

On the day:
    • Setting up stage and seating
    • Staging and PA
    • Gavin doing the bar
On the night: if you’re not performing perhaps you could help out here? Or maybe persuade someone?!
    • Front of House
    • Selling a raffle programme
    • Providing raffle Bottle prizes
    • Organising the draw – for collection on exit!
In advance – All of you can help here please
    • Selling tickets
    • Sharing on social Media
  1. Other events and dates for the diary
  • 1st Nov: True Colours – recording at rehearsal in hall for Marie Curie video
VoiceWorx have been invited by Marie Curie to video a song for their annual Christmas service/presentation which is put together into a 30 minute video. It will be put into the South West version but may find its’ way into the national one. We are planning to record “True Colours”. Please remember to come  dressed in… 

Blue shirts, BBlack bottoms and Black shoes with Yellow Daffodils
  • 27th Nov: - Carols in Uffculme switching on the lights – with Maria
  • Carols around the Pubs for anyone who wants to join in.
    • Two Sunday evening rehearsals. Sun 5th Dec 7pm. Sun 12th Dec 7pm. Come and learn a few harmonies and descants!
    • Singing carols on these nights. Come to what you can!
      • Weds 15th Dec: Halfway House (Willand) and Merry Harriers (Westcott)
      • Thurs 16th Dec: Thirsty Farmer (Whimple) and 5 Bells (Clyst Hydon)
      • Fri 17th Dec, possibly carol service, and singing at the Keepers Cottage

2022 ideas in the pipeline to be confirmed
  • Cully Market on 26th Feb?? End of half term?
  • 2nd April 2022 - Easter Concert
  • 4th April - BIG SING
  • Sat 7th May CHOIRWORX is BACK! We will be surveying members soon about ideas for this event.
  • Payhembury Concert TBC
  • 16th July 2022 - Wyndham Garden Festival YES
  • Other ideas:
  • Concert with Bradninch Choir (maybe April 2nd?)
  • Summer singing gigs - as this year maybe, but not all through August! Lyme Regis
  • All being well, restart in Autumn 2022 on 12th September and run through the year, as always missing half terms and school holidays.