Archive for March, 2019

Celebrating a Birthday

Having provided regular musical performances in Sunderland for the last 70 years since it held its first concert in March 1949, Bishopwearmouth Choral Society is celebrating its 70th Anniversary season with a reprise of that initial concert, Haydn’s Creation. For such a significant birthday there had to be a cake and this was shared at their last rehearsal before the concert after being cut by Christine Alder, Society Chairman, and David Murray, the Society’s Musical Director.

Many happy returns.

Rehearsal Dates – post concert

There will be a choir rehearsal on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 and then a break before rehearsals are resumed on Wednesday April 24th.

Anniversary Season Events

    Based on the information agreed so far, the overall plan for the Anniversary Season September 2018 to June 2019 – including the Chairman’s Challenge – is currently as follows (events in bold type have agreed dates) : –

October 18th 2018 – Citizenship Ceremony
November 10th 2018 – Coffee Morning
December 8th 2018 – BCS Concert

January 19th 2019 – concert by Christopher & David Murray – 7.30 p.m. Sunderland Minster..
February 9th 2019 – Singing Day led by Aidan Oliver
March 1st 2019 – Social Singing Evening to be organised by Tenors – an evening of popular songs in The Peacock pub with word sheets provided and guitar accompaniment – details later.
March 30th 2019 – BCS Anniversary Concert

May 11th 2019 – Coastal walk followed by Fish & Chips in Whitburn Parish Hall organised by Basses. To start at 5.30 p.m. from Whitburn Parish Hall, price £10.00 – you don’t have to do all, or any of the  walk, to join in the fish & chips and enjoy the company.

June 7th 2019 – Quiz Night, to be organised by the Sopranos, in Whitburn Parish Hall, starting at 7.00 p.m. Details to follow.
June 22nd 2019 – BCS Concert

July 7th 2019 – Tanfield Railway trip organised by Altos.

A Triumph for the Tenors

As their contribution to our 70th Anniversary season, the Tenors organised a musically themed social evening in The Peacock in Sunderland on Friday 1st March 2019. In a comfortable setting the expectant audience of choir members, family, and friends were treated to a show that they knew had been prepared with considerable effort.

Whilst the Tenors were well rehearsed, the audience were perhaps less so but enjoyed joining in a wide range of songs that were a different part of our musical heritage from ‘Peggy Sue’, through a ‘Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Ticket to Ride’ until they left singing ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.

The group singing was interspersed by some fine solo items from individual tenors and they even provided their own accompaniment from the accomplished guitarists amongst them. Overall a very good night – our particular thanks to the organisers – and a much appreciated addition to the history of the Society.