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Concert Time Draws Near

Well folks, concert time draws very near. Are you pumped yet? We’ve got a lot to do, read on:

1.      Voice files. Use ‘em. Internalize those elusive words, pitches, and beats.

2.      Music folders. Get ‘em. And put those sheets in the concert order (subject to change) as follows:

  1. Sho Sholosa
  2. 1,2,1,(fun rote exercise)
  3. Panther
  4. Minun Kultani Kaunas On
  5. Tourdion
  6. Ver Mee O
  7. The Trees of the Field
  8. Come, Love Away
  9. The Sun Comes (Morning Time)
  10. Matlakala
  11. Sumer Is Icumen In
  12. Sho Sholosa (reprise)

3.  Gift baskets. Fill ‘em. Keep in mind that an itemized list of the baskets’ contents will need to be on hand. I’m bringing the wicker baskets tomorrow for sure.

4.  Hand-held treats for post-concert reception. Make ‘em. Both savory and sweet are good!

5.  Concert volunteers, We need ‘em. The following is a rough list of the tasks involved:

  • Reception/Ushers – say hi to concert goers and point them in the right direction
  • Ticket sellers – take the dough and distribute concert programs
  • Raffle ticket sellers – take more dough and talk up those beauties on the raffle table
  • Hospitality table – set up the goodies for the reception, then tear down.

Try to remind your invited guests to bring that old-fashioned thing called CASH. In this age of digital commerce, people tend to rely solely on their bank cards. Ask anybody who lived through the Quebec ice storm a few years back what happens when the grid goes down…

Be aware that street parking beside HARRRP has switched to the east side of St. Clair. You don’t want to give your hard won money to parking infraction officers – why do all those guys bear an uncanny resemblance to Gollum? Precious…

Methinks the red red robins are finally, finally, bob bob bobbin’ along. Whoo hoo!

Cheers,

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Creative Alto Ideas

Hi Y’all

How are the concert gift baskets going? Can’t speak for everyone but I was privy to some impressively creative ideas in the alto section last week. Just a reminder that I have been collecting wicker baskets over the past year and will bring them in for everyone’s use this Saturday. Please don’t buy any of that cheapo dollar store plastic stuff – it’ll add to the Pacific gyre dump sooner than you can say Trump’s a doofus.

Please take the time to organize your sheet music in the current concert order, preferably in a black, paper-noise reducing folder. Here’s the list (subject to change):

  1. Sho Sholosa
  2. 1,2,1,(fun rote exercise)
  3. Panther
  4. Minun Kultani Kaunas On
  5. Tourdion
  6. Ver Mee O
  7. The Trees of the Field
  8. Come, Love Away
  9. The Sun Comes (Morning Time)
  10. Matlakala
  11. Sumer Is Icumen In
  12. Sho Sholosa (reprise)

Here come’s a calendar again – the beat goes on:

Friday April 20th, evening,  Hamilton Sings! has been invited to perform at Cinquefoil at Church of St. John the Evangelist, Locke and Charlton, this is an ticketed evening event and details for those who have signed up will be emailed to you separately, in the meantime you can check it out at  http://www.rockonlocke.ca/cinquefoil1

Saturday April 28th, 9:00 a.m., concert dress rehearsal at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James North – no going to HARRP that day folks!

Sunday April 29th, 3pm, our term-end concert entitled “Fierce Light”, at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James Street North, $10 at the door (CASH please), $30 for a family of 3 or more, or sliding scale, invite your extended family, neighbourhood, and entire social circle if you wish. We’ll more than likely fill the house, so come early! This will also allow time for concert goers to invest in our soon to be constructed raffle baskets.

Friday June 15th, evening, Sidewalk Sounds on Concession, Andrea will contact everyone as arrangements develop.

Sorry to those counting on it however we’ve decided to postpone a blueberry order as we already have our hands full with everything else. You can only juggle so many obligations before one drops – and a bag of blueberries would make a heck of a mess. Heh.

And… this link https://www.thespec.com/events/8386465–fierce-light/ is for our Hamilton Spectator listing of our upcoming concert. Feel free to forward it to friend and foe alike.

See youse guys tomorrow.

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer




AGM is a cumen in!

Hello Choristers

Tomorrow’s rehearsal is significant for 2 reasons; it’s one of the 4 remaining rehearsals prior to our final concert of April 29 AND is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) of 2018.

A few words from the board for your consideration:

  1. The AGM will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp and hope springs eternal that we can wade through the agenda by 10:30 a.m.. Print off the AGM package sent to you on March 13th or save some trees by sharing a copy with your neighbour.
  2. Elections will be held for 2 board vacancies. Feel free to nominate yourself – the Alto section is currently under-represented on the board.
  3. WE NEED A CONCERT CO-ORDINATOR! This individual will oversee the ushers, box office, concert reception, and gift basket raffle. You’ll have plenty of people pitching in, so don’t be shy – let your control freak tendencies shine, whoever you are.
  4. A fundraising letter has been made available on the hamiltonsings.ca web site for downloading. Members can download and customize to suit for approaching particular businesses.

The blueberries are a cumen in! Actual delivery date is still up in the air (April 28th or May 5th) but at $20 per 2k bag of frozen wild Nova Scotia goodness, you’ll be treating yourself to some anti-oxidant deliciousness while contributing handsomely to your favourite choir’s financial well-being. A very healthy choice for all concerned. Orders can still be placed by email request to info@hamiltonsings.ca or track down Jill Detlor (that raven-haired soprano you’ve always wanted to meet).

In closing, I just want to remind you (and myself), that one should not get too distracted by the details above. Administration is always a necessity however one should not linger too long on it. Rather, we gather every Saturday morning with the simple idea of raising our voices together in song as one community with one voice. I know I speak for many when I say that I look forward to our Saturday mornings as an oasis of calm and meditative focus in a world that seems to be increasingly noisy and discordant. Breathe folks, breathe.

One must always remember to sing in the shower.

Cheers,

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Easter Greetings

Howdy Folks:

Okay, so I slept in today… Lent is almost over after all…

Calendar considerations abound… read on:

Tomorrow, Saturday March 31st, rehearsal cancelled, the only creatures at HARRRP to greet you will be old church mice and dust bunnies. Happy Easter, Passover, and welcome springtime!

Sunday April 1st, noon, deadline for blueberry interest, submit the google form as sent earlier this week or express your commitment with an email to info@hamiltonsings.com. $20 for a 2 Kilo bag of frozen Nova Scotian goodness, delivery on Saturday April 28th if demand warrrents

April Tuesdays (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th) choral workshop series, 7-9pm, Delta United Church, $80 or sliding scale, new songs with tips on healthy vocal function and improving music skills

Saturday April 7th, 10 a.m.,  Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by our usual rehearsal until 12:30 pm

Friday April 20th, evening, we’ve been invited to participate in a ticketed event called Cinquefoil at Church of St. John the Evangelist, Locke and Charlton, sign up sheets at front desk or drop info@hamiltonsings.ca a line.

Saturday April 28th, 9:00 a.m., concert dress rehearsal at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James North – no going to HARRP that day folks! Wear what ever makes you feel fabulous, choose supportive shoes, and house your score sheets in a noise-reducing black folder in concert order.

Sunday April 29th, 3pm, our term-end concert entitled “Fierce Light”, at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James Street North, we’ll need to assemble earlier than 3, and many of you will find yourselves involved in pre-concert preparations – more details to come as things take shape.

Friday June 15th, evening, Sidewalk Sounds on Concession, a street-performance opportunity. Take note of the following developments courtesy of Andrea :

Hi all you fabulous Choristers.

In the words of the “prez” they’re really excited to have us there, and will give us an exact location closer to the date. Takes place from 6-9pm. – relax, we’re not singing for three hours – June15th.  Why don’t you send us your favourite songs – doesn’t have to be part of our repertoire, though we’ll do those too. But they must be easily teachable that we can have our audience sing along with us. (“Row Row Row your Boat” not an option). 

Send me your emails so I can reply direct, without missing anyone.  Will ask Brenda to send this out to the whole Choir with my apologies to anyone I have missed. 

Thanks to all those who signed up.    

Andrea

Take note that our Treasure Tom Ciancone continues to rest up after eye surgery but his fellow board member Terri is happy to accept any donations that are crowding your wallet. Here’s hoping that everyone has a plan for scoring a contribution for our fundraising concert gift baskets, that you continue to pester your descendants, predecessors, and neighbours to volunteer for our concert, and you check into the Active Members Page occasionally for some fun practice.

We’re still on the hunt for a “concert coordinator” – someone who can oversee all the folks eager to make a contribution to the success of our final concert.This person does not have to be a Hamilton Sings member.  Have a chat with Sue soon to see what’s involved.

Trillingly yours,

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer



Salut Sublime Singers All

Salut Sublime Singers All:

Just like your life outside the choir, the Hamilton Sings calendar of events keeps expanding like the universe. May Stephen Hawking rest in peace:

Saturday March 31st, rehearsal cancelled, prepare to eat too much while arguing politics with your annoying brother-in-law

April Tuesdays (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th) choral workshop series, 7-9pm, Delta United Church, $80 or sliding scale, new songs with tips on healthy vocal function and improving music skills, sign up today! I attended the Voice 101 workshop this past Tuesday and now know why we “Ah” and “Hoo” for warmups, as well as other valuable insights into the instrument that’s been invisible to me my entire life. Terrifically informative.

Saturday April 7th, 10 a.m.,  Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by our usual rehearsal until 12:30 pm, you’ll get to elect a couple of board members, peruse pieces of paper called minutes and by-laws, and other fun stuff.

Friday April 20th, evening, we’ve been invited to participate in a ticketed event called Cinquefoil at Church of St. John the Evangelist, Locke and Charlton, more details to follow however check out the following link for more info http://www.rockonlocke.ca/cinquefoil1

Saturday April 28th, 9:00 a.m., concert dress rehearsal at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James North – no going to HARRP that day folks!

Sunday April 29th, 3pm, our term-end concert entitled “Fierce Light”, at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James Street North, we’ll need to assemble earlier than 3, and many of you will find yourselves involved in pre-concert preparations – more details to come as things take shape.

Friday June 15th, evening, Sidewalk Sounds on Concession, a street-performance opportunity with a whole bunch of fun involved, more on this shortly

The concert gift basket raffle themes will be selected by the 5 volunteers (Are you one of them? You’re making your mama proud….) this Saturday. Hanna and Sue have cooked up some themes based on this term’s music and will ask these esteemed volunteers to pick one out of a hat. Good luck all.

Your co-chorister Caroline would like to start up a Friday afternoon coffee social. Time and place to be determined. Interested? Contact carof@cogeco.ca

Adieu

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Have you been doing your homework?

Hi There:

Have you guys been doing your homework? For myself, I’ve spent some time with my headphones on, deliberately daring the soprano from the Drakensberg Boys Choir to distract me from my correct alto starting note for Sho Sholosa. I’m almost at the point where hearing the higher note automatically causes the lower one to spring into my challenged little brain – is that a Pavlovian response? Where’s my reward? Not having to think so much about it and just letting the notes flow is truly satisfying. Don’t be shy about having to ask for the password to the web site Active Members Page if you have not yet paid it a visit.

Continuing calendar considerations besides our usual Saturday morning rehearsals:

Tuesday March 20th at 7:00 p.m., Delta United Church, a special workshop called Voice 101 – what’s that instrument called you?, led by Sue, $20 or sliding scale

Saturday March 31st, rehearsal cancelled, as you’ll be too busy making, eating, or traveling to,  Easter weekend feasts

Saturday April 7th, 10:00 a.m.,  Annual General Meeting followed by our usual rehearsal until 12:30 pm

Friday April 20th, evening, we’ve been invited to participate in a ticketed event called Cinquefoil at Church of St. John the Evangelist, Locke and Charlton, more details to follow however check out the following link for more info http://www.rockonlocke.ca/cinquefoil1

Saturday April 28th, 9:00 a.m., our dress rehearsal is at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James Street North, so no sleeping in for you buddy.

Sunday April 29th, 3:00 p.m., our term-end concert entitled “Fierce Light”, at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James Street North.  3:00 p.m. is the start time for the actual concert; however we will probably need to assemble earlier – more on that in the coming weeks.

Please don’t hesitate to come forward with your brilliant ideas regarding a gift basket theme for your section. Additionally, let your shiftless relatives know that they have a commitment to volunteer for concert duty on April 29th. Not only will they be making a valuable contribution to a grassroots musical community – they’ll enjoy the timeless gift of your performance, you songster you.

Best

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Practice at Delta United on March 10

Hey Gang:

We will raise our voices (in a good way) together at Delta United Church 9:45 a.m., 47 Ottawa Street South, this Saturday March 10th NOT at our usual HARRRP haunt. Give yourself extra time if you are unfamiliar with the area, building, and street-only parking opportunities.

Voice 101 – what’s that instrument called you all about? led by our tireless choir leader Sue, will be held at Delta United Church, Tuesday March 20th, at 7pm. $20 or sliding scale. Spots are limited but availability still exists – sign up at the front desk or send hamiltonsings.ca an email. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what’s actually going on inside that black box called you. I mean, why does it sometime feel that me, an alto, can only manage a bass pitch and other times I can sing like a sweet soprano? Why can I sometimes hit notes easily in a certain key and other times it feels like I’ve got a ligature around my neck? it can’t just be the weather… I’m keen to find out more on that, um, score.

Speaking of sweet sopranos, have you visited Hanna’s recent YouTube playlist? That lad from the Drakensberg Boy’s Choir doing the soprano part of Shosholoza made my heart ache – you gotta check it out. Here’s the link once more…

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLumYyrDbeZb5XyeY7EZnblIht-YNylQkc

Saturday March 31st rehearsal is cancelled, go on an Easter egg hunt instead…

Saturday April 7th, annual General Meeting at 10 a.m. with rehearsal to follow. More details as the date draws near . . . . . .

Sunday April 29th is our end-of-term concert at Christ’s Church Cathedral. Attendance at the last 2 rehearsals prior to the concert date is mandatory for concert participation. Concert details and ticket information will be made available in the coming weeks. Make sure you let your extended family, neighbours, co-workers, and local shopkeepers know to set that date aside – da place will be jumpin’ and dee people too!

See y’all at Delta tomorrow.

Salut

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Brenda’s First Limerick

Salutations Fellow Singers:

 At the risk of sounding like my grade 7 mathematics teacher – have you been doing your homework?  Log on to hamiltonsings.ca and become familiar with the Active Members Page voice files. I find if I listen with headphones and sing along while cupping my hands in front of my face, the sound I make travels back into my eardrums and when I get resonance – I’ve got it! Additionally, cupping hands in front of one’s face spares the neighbours, the house pets, and one’s beloved from this educational adventure. Repetition leads to learning they say – can’t repeat that enough, though I may be risking annoying at least one person by saying so. Repeat after me – Ssfooir may ol-us air muh ggawn. Now sing this phrase in key whilst tapping your belly button and jumping up and down. Wah-hoo, you’ve got it now!

 You can still sign up for Voice 101: what’s that instrument called You?, led by our choir leader Sue – a one session investigation into what takes place when singing, that will be held at Delta United Church this coming Tuesday March 6th at 7pm. $20 or sliding scale

 This Saturday’s rehearsal will be a continuance of our efforts this term to practice, refine, and prepare ourselves for our April 29th concert at Christ’s Church Cathedral. I’ve noticed that concert volunteers continue to check in – thank you! You’re an elite group of community-minded individuals and I’m tickled pink to know you. Feel free to add your name to the concert volunteer list if you have not yet done so. All welcome.

 I don’t really have much else to say at this point but will close with my first attempt at a limerick:

 There once was an alto from Hamilton
Who annoyed a bass with her shamble-ing
The bass raised his head
And the alto said instead
“Who are you to judge my dancing?”

Thanks for listening…

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer

P.S. Just got word from Sue that she has suffered a viral relapse and will not be well enough to conduct the workshop this coming Tuesday. Therefore:

Voice 101 – that instrument called you, will be postponed until Tuesday March 20th, 7pm, Delta United Church. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but viruses can be so thoughtless.

Additionally, Hanna would like you all to follow this link to a YouTube playlist that merits your attention: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLumYyrDbeZb5XyeY7EZnblIht-YNylQkc




Eight More Rehearsals

Dearest Choristers

Been dilly-dallying with the voice files on the hamiltonsings.ca Active Members Page yet? We have a total of 8 more rehearsals until our April 29th end of term concert. A mere 8. Gulp.

Learning new languages can be a big challenge for most of us. However, it’s amazing what happens when you put in a mere 5 minutes a day into your practice rather than waiting for that one free hour on one particular day. As a budding ukelele player, I find myself continually amazed at how I can seem hopelessly incompetent at some particular maneuver over a series of weeks only to wake up one morning and find myself successfully doing it. Synapse formed at last. It’s a very gratifying feeling.

Once you find yourself trilling like an Irish maiden, toasting each other in French, and welcoming summer like a Middle English peasant, you’ll notice how comfortable you’ve become with these formerly strange syllables and marvel at how far you’ve travelled. As reading a good story can open a door into an otherwise unreachable world, singing songs of other times and cultures serves to enrich our contemporary selves and add contour to our daily lives. So, don’t despair if you’re still chewing on your own tongue – you’ll get there!

Calendar Considerations:

Monday February 26th, FUNDRAISERS MEETING, 7pm at HARRRP or nearby, all welcome

Tuesday February 27th – EMBODY MUSIC – music and movement, 3rd of 3 sessions, 7pm at Delta United Church, $20 or sliding scale

Tuesday March 6th – VOICE 101 – what’s that instrument called you all about anyway?, 1 session only, 7pm at Delta United Church, $20 or sliding scale

Saturday March 10th – we have rehearsal at Delta United Church NOT HARRRP

Saturday March 31st – no rehearsal, Easter bunny hops . . . . . .

Sunday April 29th – final afternoon concert at Christ’s Church Cathedral

Did you know volunteering cures acne, incontinence, broken bones, and stuttering? Well, it doesn’t, but I know I have your attention now. We will need someone to lead the charge for our final concert organization and marshall the troops (your fellow volunteers). Keep in mind as well that indolent children (with or without acne) in need of volunteer hours can do their duty for us as well. Stand up, stand up today!

Exhortingly yours.

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Let’s Get Organized!

Greetings All

With a mere 11 weeks to go before our surely stellar April 29th concert at Christ’s Church cathedral, we have some details to consider. As Oprah exhorts – let’s get organized!

Hamilton Sings is your community organization and as such, relies entirely on the material largesse of your contributions in funds and/or fundraising activities to support its activities. The April concert is a source of considerable support and we need warm bodies to attend to the tasks involved: poster making, ticket sales, raffle basket production, hospitality table, etc. And as always – many hands make light work. So, if you want to step up to the plate, reveal yourself ( or the friends/family you’ve conscripted) at the front desk soon. In the meantime, Tom the Treasurer is always willing to accept your donations and the weekly 50/50 draw awaits you.

Embody Music, Hanna’s 3-Tuesdays workshop, integrating movement & rhythms to develop musical confidence, commences this Tuesday February 13th, 7pm – 8:30pm at Delta United Church. $60 or sliding scale. Sign up sheets at the front desk or drop hamiltonsings.ca a line. Don’t hesitate as spaces are limited. Voice 101, lead by Sue, follows on Tuesday March 6th, giving you a practical overview of how that instrument called you actually works. $20 or sliding scale.

Thought I would share this little tidbit I discovered on the University of Oxford web site:

“In an age where many of our social interactions are conducted remotely via Twitter and Facebook, singing is effective for bonding large groups, making it an ideal behaviour to improve our broader social networks… Singing is particularly beneficial for improving breathing, posture and muscle tension.”

So if you’re tempted to skip rehearsal this Saturday to line up for that deal at the mall – for the sake of your mental and physical health – don’t do it!

Hummingly yours,

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Brenda’s Updates

Now on the Site for Choir Members

Click to listen
New Songs for 2017-2018
  • Concert Song List (final)
  • Matlakala: pronunciation; soprano; alto tenor & bass together; ensemble
  • Sun Comes Mornin’ Time: soprano, alto, tenor & bass parts sung, plus that computerized voice & piano track
  • Ver Mee O: spoken and sung, plus a phonetic version of the lyrics
  • Hanna’s Concert Playlist
  • Trees of the Field: sung
  • Come Love Away: 2016 Rehearsal
  • Sumer is Icumen In: sung & spoken
  • Panther (I Will Walk and Never Get Tired): alto, tenor, and bass
  • Tsmindao Ghmerto: high, middle and low parts
  • Bright Morning Stars: high and low parts
  • Tourdion: many parts
  • Amavolovolo: soprano, alto, tenor, bass parts
  • By the Glow of the Kerosene Light: three part harmony performance by The Once

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