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Brief details and photographs of events and concerts performed by Caritas Harmony from 2017 to 2018


19th May, St. Augustine's Church, Luton 


 A few Caritas ladies waiting for the                  Imerys in their second half uniform

five minute call!  

Thank you so much to the Imerys Ladies' Choir for entertaining us so splendidly on Saturday night.  A great ending to the day which included a Royal Wedding and a cup final!


17th March, Letchworth 

Our joint venture with City Chorus, was called Spring into Song.  Unfortunately, it snowed - again!!!  However, it did not stop the concert this time and the very appreciative audience heard two great choirs singing a variety of songs.  City chorus is SATB, which offers a completely different sound to our ladies' voices, and when we sang 'You'll Never Walk Along', our '100 voices united in song' nearly raised the roof!


Both choirs singing You'll Never Walk Alone, ably conducted by Penelope Manser from City Chorus. 


City chorus                                                        Caritas Harmony


 Only two bottom altos!  Jo and Tracey.           'Let the River Run' has never sounded

Well done ladies!!                                              better.  A rousing finish to part 1.


The two accompanists, Vivienne and Wendy.  Jan and Sue sharing a joke and a glass of                                                                            wine in the interval! 


The raffle for Cancer Research              Our musical director.  Cheers, Margaret! 



Lovely photos taken by Ron at the Lansdowne Club of Jackie and Diana, two of the choir's longest serving members and Julia, a very handworking member in charge of marketing. We were so disappointed to have to cancel our big Christmas Concert because of snow, but we were very pleased to see each other before Christmas and to be able to sing some of the songs and carols we had been learning for months!!  


The small group sang Still, Still, Still, a German carol - thankfully in English! 


Our final carol was a very uplifting arrangement of O Come all ye Faithful, with the accompaniment scored for four hands.  Our accompanist, Sue, brought along one of her pupils, Thomas, to play this stirring setting of the well-known and well-loved carol. 


Our first Christmas concert was held at St. Mary's Church in Pirton.  Money from this concert went to the Hurricane Appeal from the Red Cross.  Our photographer, Ron, took the opportunity to take some less formal photos of the choir.  Thanks, Ron.




A very successful concert in aid of A-T at Rothamsted Conference Centre in Harpenden.   A lovely venue and a very receptive audience helped to make this a very special concert.  This was the first concert, of many, we hope, with our new accompanist Sue Trost.  Well done, Sue!



Sarah Ajder, the concert organiser, gave a very moving speech about the effects of A-T. Suzanne Roynon was the entertaining compere.  The whole event was sponsored by Lady Parkinson and the Jarvis foundation.


 Our new accompanist Sue, did us proud!  Our songbirds - they soared over the rest of the choir in Hail, Holy Queen. 


                       Outdoor concert at Wayside Cottage, 5 August, 2017


Just look at that blue sky!!! Who would have believed that just a few hours earlier, the rain looked as though it would never stop and the annual concert at the beautiful Wayside Cottage was in danger of being hastily relocated to the local church. 


                       Sue and Maggie helping out with the gazebos, just in case!!


 Right up to 3 pm a decision was still being made, and then, as if by magic, the storm clouds passed over and the sun came out and stayed out for the duration of the event. Wayside Cottage garden has never looked more beautiful, drenched in rain and then enchanting, with dripping shrubs and trees covered in dappled sunlight. Another memorable concert at Wayside and a very decent amount raised for East Anglian Air Ambulance.


A big thank you to Vivienne for her outstanding accompaniment and to all our other helpers.  What would we do without you?

Here are a selection of photographs from our concert at St.Mary's Church, Hitchin, 15 July, 2017.  The concert was very well received by an enthusiastic audience.  We love singing in this beautiful church, once the church of Sir Henry Wood, who began the proms! 


Rita, responsible for the roses!               Pat and Julia.  Beautiful smiles, ladies! 


A selection of the lovely ladies who went outside for a breath of fresh air at the interval, with Rob Gurney, our terrific pianist.


The small a cappella group singing                      The ladies from Cancer Research 

He was Beautiful.



11 JUNE 2017 



Margaret, looked very relaxed at the rehearsal in the Grove Theatre. As you can see, it's a very big theatre to fill!!  


Altos and 2nd sopranos waiting for Curtain up.  Our first song was Another Op'nin', Another Show.  Very appropriate.  We loved having an ensemble to accompany us: Rob Gurney, on piano, Les Arnold on drums and Alan Coughlan on bass.  


The sopranos all ready for our performance. Margaret took her chance to sit with us.  We were delighted to have Chris Hazell in the audience to hear us singing Dunstable Downs. 


Our compere, Adrian Mills, quickly put us at our ease and had a lovely rapport with the audience, giving information about all the songs we were singing as well as some appropriate anecdotes.  


The tenor, Thomas Elwin, charmed both the ladies and the audience with his fabulous voice.  When he sang the soft high notes at the end of Danny Boy, you could have heard a pin drop.


The choir gave an emotional rendition of  'Let there be Peace on Earth' a song which we learned especially in the light of the atrocities in Manchester and London.  Half of the proceeds from the concert will go towards helping the victims and their families and the other half will be shared between three local charities.


Many thanks to all the staff at the Grove Theatre who worked with us throughout the day and evening.   



13 MAY, 2017 

The choir was delighted to sing to a very welcoming audience at the MS Therapy Centre in Bedford. This amazing centre for MS sufferers is completely self-funding so we were very pleased to give our support.  Rita, in the photo below, spoke at the end of the concert about what the centre means to her, so it made our concert seem extra special. 



                    The ladies showing off their clapping skills in Hail, Holy Queen.




Jan Taylor, member of both Caritas Harmony and the Church of St. Lawrence, sent all the ladies who performed this lovely message.

"To the lovely ladies who sang at Abbots Langley this evening: thank you so much for coming to the wilds of Hertfordshire and singing so beautifully.  I loved singing with you all and was so proud to be part of this great choir and to introduce you all to my friends.  During the interval and afterwards there were so many lovely comments from the audience - fantastic, wonderful etc.  As soon as I know how much was raised for the Friends of St. Lawrence Church I will let you know.  Jan xx"


Andy Taylor compere                                           Presentation of flowers 

   Hail Holy Queen 

Our conductor, Margaret, joined the small group to sing Ubi Caritas, while Martin conducted!



1 APRIL 2017 

On Saturday, 1 April, we set off by coach to The Voyager Academy, Peterborough, to perform our first concert of this year.  We were joined by soloists from Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Our programme included three new numbers and also some old favourites.  It was lovely to hear the G & S solos, duets, trios and quartet, but was especially good to hear Simon Blenkin performing A Policeman's Lot is not a Happy One. It was a long day for us - many not getting home until after midnight - but it was a great concert and, hopefully, a collaboration which will happen again.


Simon and Friends



       Some new members sang in their first concert at Peterborough.  Well done, ladies!