Luton Ladies' Voices
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First of all, apologies for the non-inclusion of recent photos.  Rest assured our resident photographer, Ron, is attending every event with his camera, but the fault lies with the website, which is not allowing us to publish photos.  We'll keep trying! 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING  and we are practising hard for our forthcoming concerts.  The first of the season for us will be at Bushmead Court, where some of our new songs will get their first performance.  Then comes the Gala Concert in St. Mary's RC Church Dunstable, on December 9th.  We are very excited to be joined by the Chamber Choir of Beechwood School.  Then we are singing in the church of St. Lawrence in Abbots Langley on Dec 15th.  Tickets are not sold for this concert, but you are asked for a donation at the end.  We're sure you will think that we are worth a donation!  Our final concert is in The Pavilion, Luton on 21st December.  Let's hope there is no adverse weather this year to spoil our Christmas. 

We wish all of our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we hope to be able to get up to date with photos etc. on a new website in 2019.

 

CHRISTMAS GALA CONCERT

 

9th December, 2018 at 6pm

Caritas Harmony Ladies Choir

also featuring Beechwood Park School Chamber Choir

St. Mary's RC Church, West Street, Dunstable LU6 1NY

Doors open at 5pm for the purchase of refreshments

Tickets £10 under 12s free

Call Jackie Howe on 01582 599520 

 

 

 

CARITAS HARMONY ON TOUR!! 

Well, we did it!  Our first outing was a great success.  Many thanks to Southfield School for letting us use their car park while we were in Sheffield.  Many of the ladies had travelled quite a distance so were very pleased to be able to leave their cars overnight in a safe environment.  We boarded our Theobald's coach and made it to the lunch stop at The Angel, Spinkwell, in plenty of time to enjoy the delicious lunch before going on to the Jury's Inn in Sheffield city centre, just five minutes walk from the concert venue.  We had a small but appreciative audience, but the Sheffield Socialist Choir who were in the audience for the first half were very enthusiastic!  They opened the second half with songs written by their conductor, including The Fracking Song, words set to the tune of The Laughing Policeman.  It had the audience in stitches, but in spite of its humour it gave out a sincere message.  An 'afterglow' party, with lots of good hospitality, ended a successful evening, with £200 being added to the funds of Chilypep.  We finished the visit with an impromptu rendition of You Raise Me Up in the hotel foyer - much to the amazement of the other guests, but principally for Margaret's brother, Andy, who was our Sheffield host.  In all, a delightful experience, giving us a real chance to socialise with each other on a different level.  Let's hope it's the first of many!

On 15 September we sang for Luton Christian Fellowship in aid of a charity which enables local people in many African countries, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana to name a few, to work together and be able to start co-operatives.  We sang to a very friendly and responsive audience and hope that they have made a good amount for this worthwhile charity. 

A recent venture was to sing in the beautiful St. Albans Abbey for a wedding.  A small group sang Amazing Grace during Communion and Ave Maria while the happy couple signed the register.  We have had many compliments on our singing, saying how much it added to the service.  If you would like us to sing at a wedding, please look through the website for more information. 

Wayside Cottage

The choir is indebted to Nigel in Barton Le Clay, who, once again, made his delightful cottage and garden available for a concert to raise funds for Keech Hospice Care.  On 8 August the day started bright and sunny so we hoped for a good audience and we were not disappointed.  Unfortunately the clouds rolled in and by the time we started to sing it was very grey indeed, becoming increasingly threatening as we went on.  We were coming to the end of our last number - a rousing rendition of 'How Great Thou Art' - as the first drops of rain began to fall.  The deluge held off long enough for us to pack away and get to our cars - divine intervention?

Hitchin

On 28 July, the Choir was delighted to sing again in the Hitchin Festival. Money raised was for Tilehouse Counselling.  A representative from the charity spoke about its role in supporting adults and young people in Hitchin and North Hertfordshire.   We were all moved as she explained the types of issues that bring people to its door and recounted a few of its success stories.  She also commented that she had not been looking forward to the concert as she had thought it would not be her 'cup of tea', but she had loved it.  We hope the audience did too!

Studham 

Our concert at Studham was a great success - mimicking England's successful game against Sweden!  It was a very hot day, but the church was deliciously cool to start with.  The vicar, Nicola, was our compere and she is always to enthusiastic and obviously very musical as she talked about our close harmonies, explaining what she meant to any in the audience who thought she might be speaking in Japanese!  Jane and Eric Jacobi and team did a wonderful job with the catering, which was well received by the choir and the audience.  It was lovely to see Chris Hazell in the audience, who said we were singing beautifully, as usual!

What a delight it was to perform with the Bedfordshire Flute Ensemble.  They were a great complement to Caritas Harmony and we hope they will be able to join us again.  The Entry of the Gladiators and Pick a Pocket from Oliver were very entertaining.  The one which really moved the audience, however, was O Danny Boy, which was sung by the choir with a beautiful flute accompaniment by Liz Childs.  

Our joint concert with Imerys Ladies' Voice Choir was a great success.  Having travelled all the way from St. Austell in Cornwall, we and the audience at St. Augustine's Church were treated to some delightful singing.  Their opening number was a treat - with the pianist playing the trumpet!  It set the tone for an entertaining concert.  The joint numbers went down well, as did the numbers from Caritas, carefully picked by Margaret Blenkin to complement Imerys.  We are hopeful of a visit to Cornwall by Caritas in the future!

     

Caritas preparing for the concert.                 Imerys on stage

 

                      


Caritas Harmony was delighted to present a cheque for almost £1000 to the Mayor of Dunstable for her charities.  This represents the amount raised at our concert in the summer.  Many of the ladies of Caritas Harmony live in the Dunstable area and so we are very pleased to be supporting local charities.

Listen to the choir singing Bethlehem, one of the Christmas songs in our current repertoire.

Click here, using Alt key at the same time...https://soundcloud.com/user-506649445/14-bethlehem 


LISTEN TO THE CHOIR SINGING FROM THEIR 'DECADE OF SONG' CD.  "CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN" AND "YOU ARE THE NEW DAY"

CLICK HERE  ... https://soundcloud.com/user-506649445         

You can also see and hear the choir by going to the Repertoire page and clicking the red link at the end of each song.                   

 YOU CAN NOW SUPPORT THE CHOIR BY BECOMING A

CARITAS HARMONY FRIEND 

In order to extend the work of bringing high quality music to local areas, and to support the aim of developing the choir for the future, Caritas Harmony invite supporters and audience members to become a 'Friend' of the choir.  Details of the scheme will be emailed to supporters and are included on this website.  

The Luton based choir that sings to raise funds for charities across Herts, Beds and Bucks

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  CARITAS HARMONY CDs ARE AVAILABLE TO BUY 

To purchase a copy, please call Julia Holder 01582 873465 or email Julia via Caritas.Harmony@gmail.co.uk

 

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