thepencil: August 2009

This month we have pictures taken when we were recording 'What would I do without my music, a farewell to Cathy. Update on our new trailer and welcoming our new choir steward, Ray Ashe. Also dates for your diary and a little humour

Pensive George

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at rehearsals for the new Choir CD, members thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, although George Russell was left to reflect on what might have been if it had all been left to the Jolly Beggars!


Our Danny

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This photograph shows our popular member Danny Baxter in pensive mood. Why this pose?
Suggestions include:
Gordon has given him a row for singing an octave lower than he should.
He forgot his wife's birthday/wedding anniversary.
He is a Motherwell supporter.


The New CD

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Our new CD has received great acclaim. The President gave a copy to a German friend who after listening to Wooden Heart said "that is good German" Wow!.>
The wee commercial is girding his loins for the new concert season and hopes to achieve record sales. Perhaps he will dump the remaining tapes which he has been trying to sell for what seems like 20 years!


FAREWELL TO CATHY

In St Ninian's Church, on the 11th June, more than 40 choir members attended the funeral of Cathy, our accompanist for over 30 years. Her "boys" did her proud singing both "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Cwm Rhonda ", also joining with the large congregation in singing "How Great Thou Art ".
Many of the Choir joined the family at South Lanarkshire Crematorium and accompanied them to the Shawlands Hotel for refreshments and a wee blether. The Choir, true to form made short work of the sausage rolls!

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Cathy's family were very appreciative of the Choir's support not only at the funeral service but throughout Cathy's time in care.
The Choir was a large part of Cathy's life. Not only was she a gifted accompanist but was always happy to accompany members in solos and more than willing to offer some sound guidance to new performers.
So farewell to a lovely lady who loved her Choir and her Boys just as much as they loved her.


Choir Trailer

A suitable trailer has been identified which would meet the. Choir's requirements. An order has been placed with delivery expected by the end of August.

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The Committee would now like to identify some willing person who has a car with a tow bar and would be able to tow the trailer to our away concerts.
This need not be a Choir member. Any volunteers please contact Bill Miller the Choir Secretary. A Mondeo sized car is required and insurance cover would be put in place.
In a similar vein, the Committee would like to establish a volunteer work party to deal with the unloading, building, dismantling and re- loading of the staging. Again, if you are interested please contact Bill.
Our new staging has brought us many compliments not only from the organisers of our concerts but also from other Choirs who are quite envious of our professional presentations.


New Choir Steward

Congratulations to Ray Ashe who at the AGM was appointed Choir Steward, in succession to Ken Watters for many years our popular and efficient minder. This is an important position. Not only is the Steward responsible for the Choir's discipline but has to visit all of the concert venues prior to the Choir's visits to ensure that the Choir area is suitable and the organisers realise just how many sandwiches will be required! Fortunately, a previous requirement to check on the local piano is no longer required now that we have our own instrument. Good luck Ray, you will have all our support.

Breaking News!

A Choir CD found its way To Houston Texas and this is part of the response. " Wow, what a powerful group. If I did not know better, I would think that it was a professional group, " The gentleman in question talks of bringing the Choir to Houston to sing before two churches, one of whom - St Luke's Methodist- has over 8,000 members! Should we tell him that one of the tenors has twice in the past year failed to arrive at a concert having become lost amidst the roundabouts in East Kilbride. Still it is a nice thought.


Dates for Your Diary

TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER:- CHOIR STARTS NEW SEASON

FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER:- QUARTER CHURCH IS CELEBRATING ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY AND IS TO BE HONOURED WITH A CIVIC RECEPTION BY SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL IN THE BANQUETING HALL IN ALMADA STREET HAMILTON. THE CHOIR'S INVOLVEMENT IS TO PROVIDE A SHORT CONCERT STARTING AT 8.45PM AND FINISHING AT AROUND 9.30PM. CHOIR MEMBERS TO ARRIVE ANY TIME AFTER 8PM FOR REFRESHMENTS BEFORE THE START OF THE CONCERT

MONDAY 5 OCTOBER:- JOINT CONCERT WITH H.C.B.C.M.V.C FOR THE MACHAN TRUST TO BE
HELD IN ST MACHAN'S P.C. LARKHALL

FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER:- CONCERT AS PART OF THE LITTLE BIGGAR FESTIVAL IN BIGGAR KIRK

FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER:- WESTWOOD P.C. EAST KILBRIDE FOR LANARKSHIRE CANCER CARE

MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER:- WEST PARISH CHURCH EAST KILBRIDE

MONDAY 7 DECEMBER:- HOPE HALL BAILLIESTON

SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER:- CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS FOR MACMILLAN NURSES AT CADZOW P.C HAMILTON

SUNDAY 20 DECEMBER:- CHRISTIAN AID ST NINIAN'S STONEHOUSE

SUNDAY 31 JANUARY:- BAPTIST CHURCH LARKHALL AS PART OF A CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY EVENT 6.30PM UNTIL 7.30PM

MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY:- KIRKTON P.C. CARLUKE FOR SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY:- 18TH AND 19TH ANNUAL CONCERT

FRIDAY 5 MARCH:- LANARKSHIRE FESTIVAL OF MALE VOICE CHOIRS


A motley Crew

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This motley bunch of choristers were part of the solo team who sang on the new CD. There were others in the group but they were not so photogenic!


Are they there yet?

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