It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of Out There Music Bristol during this festive period.
It all started a couple of weeks ago where the OTM North Bristol Choir appeared on Radio Bristol’s Sunday morning Clueless programme. We were the answer to one of their clues and when they arrived we sang some Adele live on Radio Bristol. It was great to be involved in and thanks for the BBC for inviting us on.
Last Wednesday, we had a mini- performance from the Children’s Choir in the dance/drama studio at Cotham School. It’s a wonderful venue for the children to rehearse in each week and it was exciting to be able to make the most of the theatre aspect of the space and utilise all of the great lighting . The choir sang three songs – one of our warm up songs with lots of actions which they loved so much and sing so well that we decided together to include it in the set. After that it was ‘Where Is Love’ from Oliver and a song that I wrote called ‘Christmas Time’. The children sang brilliantly and you could tell that all the family and friends in the audience were very impressed and proud of how they performed.
It’s been a really positive term for the Children’s Choir with some new members, good progress singing in two part harmony and all of the children showing an excellent attitude at every rehearsal. We are now looking to recruit some more members to continue build on this term’s progress and success.
The OTM North Bristol Choir had its final session of 2016 last Thursday and we finished the year off by heading straight up to the Cambridge Arms for a Christmas sing song. I took my keyboard up and the choir (and some enthusiastic patrons!) spent an hour or so belting out many Christmas classics and also a few of our own back-catalogue favourites so it was a great way to round off 2016. We are now looking forward to our Winter Concert at the Elmgrove Centre with the OTM Bristol Orchestra at the Elmgrove Centre in Redland on Saturday January 14th, 8pm.
The grand finale of the OTM Bristol season came just a couple of days ago on Sunday (11th December) when the South Bristol Choir and Chamber Choir took to the stage at the Southbank Club in Southville for the Out There Music Bristol Christmas show which was in aid of the fantastic charity Changing Tunes which I’m delighted to say that we have been supporting for almost four years now.
As the Chamber Choir took to the stage at 8pm, the place was packed and there was standing room only as people enjoyed a mulled wine or two. The Chamber Choir sang with their usual skill and class and performed music including, ‘The Lamb’ by John Tavener, John Rutter’s ‘Nativity Carol’, a wonderful King’s Singers arrangement of Billy Joel’s ‘And So It Goes’ and rounded off the set with some Christmas favourites including a very smooth lounge bar arrangement of ‘White Christmas’.
After a short break and a trip to the bar (for audience members only!) next up were the OTM South Bristol Choir. The set kicked off with Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’, followed by ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, a rousing rendition of the classic Prince power ballad, ‘Purple Rain’ before closing with a spine-tingling version of ‘Hallelujah’. Both choirs sang and performed brilliantly and you could tell at different times the audience were transfixed by the singing.
After another short intermission and more liquid refreshments, performers and audience alike came together for a mass Christmas sing-along including many all time classic Christmas tunes including ‘Fairytale of New York’, the Slade classic ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, a personal favourite of mine, East 17’s ‘Stay Another Day’ and ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham. A very fun time was had by all and I’m delighted to say that through the wonders of our text raffle (brilliantly compared by Changing Tunes Trustee, Mike Cullum), Changing Tunes raised £170 and a lucky winner went home with two tickets to a concert of their choice at St. George’s Bristol.
So what a great couple of weeks it’s been. Thanks to all who were involved in the Southbank Christmas show; both choirs and everybody who helped set and clear up. A special mention goes to the band; Gareth on guitar, Rob on bass and James on drums, great playing and it wouldn’t have been the same without them! There will also be videos available to watch from the show fairly soon on our You Tube Channel and there are more photos on our Facebook page.
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