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Summer is i-cumen in!

Sun is shining, birds are singing … and so are The Dorian Singers!

By the time you read this the Dorian Singers will have started rehearsals for their Summer Concert. This will be held on Saturday 29th June 2024 at 7.30pm in Kirton Church Hall. Not only will there be some lovely light choral music for a summer evening but there will be the traditional strawberries and cream with wine or soft drinks during the interval.

The choir will be singing a delightful selection of popular music including folk songs, musical shows (The Wizard of Oz and Carousel) and well known songs like The Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

There will also be Hattie Bennett’s Champagne String Quartet playing pieces related to summer and sunshine.

Tickets are £12 (under 18’s £3) including refreshments and will be available from The Card Centre, 6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7AU (01394 283170), from choir members, or at the door.

Come and join us for a lovely summer evening of enjoyable music.

From our Musical Director

Following a very successful Christmas concert the Dorian Singers are now busy rehearsing for their Easter Concert. This will take place at Trinity Methodist Church on Saturday 23rd March at 7.00pm. (Please note the earlier starting time) The concert will be in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The choir will be singing several pieces that are new to them including The Magnificat by Pergolesi and The Procession of Palms by Malcolm Williamson, an Australian composer, who became Master of the Queen’s Music in 1975 until his death in 2003. We shall also be performing The Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams. Alan Loader, our previous conductor, will be singing the solo in this very popular work.

There will also be shorter popular pieces interspersing the major works of this concert.

Tickets cost £12 (under 18’s £3) including refreshments and are available from The Card Centre, 6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7AU (01394 283170), from choir members, or at the door.

Come and join us for a lovely evening of enjoyable music.

New Year, new programme!

Rehearsals start tonight! Trimley St Martin Primary School at 7.15 is the place to be.

Our next concert is on Saturday 23rd March 2024 at 7.00 pm in Trinity Methodist Church, Felixstowe. The main works are The Magnificat by Pergolesi, Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams and the Procession of Palms by Malcolm Williamson.

We are always looking for new singers to join us: the more the merrier. There is no audition but an ability to read music would be helpful.

It’s nearly Christmas!

And it’s time to buy those tickets for the Dorian Singers’ Christmas Concert!

We are looking forward to our Christmas Concert on Sunday 10th December at 3.00pm. It is being held at Trinity Methodist Church, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7AN.

We will be singing a selection from Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and some of the well-known choruses from Handel’s “Messiah”. The programme will also include some popular carols for the choir and well-known carols for the audience to sing.

Tickets cost £12 (under 18’s £3) including seasonal refreshments and are available from The Card Centre, 6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7AU (01394 283170), from choir members, or at the door.

Come and join us for a lovely afternoon of Christmas music.

Christmas is coming …

We know it’s only September, and Christmas seems a long way away at the moment, but it’s the time of year when choirs have to start thinking about it (not the cards and presents bit, that can wait!)

Tonight, Wednesday 13th September at 7.15pm at Trimley St Martin School, we start rehearsals for our Christmas Concert.

If you would like to join the choir, why not come along to the first rehearsal where you will receive a warm welcome. There is no audition to join the choir but an ability to read music would be helpful.

We will be rehearsing a selection from Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and some of the well-known choruses from Handel’s “Messiah”.

The programme will also include some popular carols for the choir and well-known carols for the audience to sing.

Summer Favourites!

Our Summer Concert on Saturday 10th June at 7.30pm in Kirton Church Hall (IP10 0PT) will be a delightful mixture of sacred and secular music spanning over 400 years, perfect for a summer’s evening.

We are commemorating William Byrd who died in 1623 as well as celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Rachmaninov’s birth. We are also featuring several pieces by women composers as well as Gilbert and Sullivan and other well-known items, many of which are personal favourites of members of the choir and their conductor, Dr Brian Latchem.

The choir will be performing a work he wrote a few years ago called “An Abundance of Blessings”, scored for Baritone solo, choir and Harp. The piece includes an Interlude for the solo harp and this will be played by the professional harpist, Anna Wynne, who is a friend of the composer. Anna has a very busy freelance career both in the UK and abroad. She has played for royalty, senior politicians and civic dignitaries in London, and made her BBC Radio 3 debut in a Halloween concert with James Bowman in 2004. She also appears with the film director Ken Russell, in a BBC Television series “A Picture of Britain”.

A highlight of the Summer Concert is the traditional Strawberries and Cream with wine or soft drinks during the interval. Tickets are available from The Card Centre, 6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7AU (01394 283170), from choir members or at the door. Proceeds to The Basic Life Charity.

Be an Early Bird!

The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the poster for our Summer concert offers “Early Bird” tickets at a reduced price. Why not be an early bird and book your tickets before 6th May (Coronation Day) and guarantee yourself, well in advance, an enjoyable evening with good music and good friends?

Tickets are available, as usual, from The Card Centre, 6 Hamilton Road, or from members of the choir.

Think about it – but not for too long – because a ticket bought in April will cost you only £12.00 instead of £15.00, and, in these straitened times, that has to be a good thing!