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Song List for May Concert

Here is the list of songs we’re going to do, or are still considering for our May concert.  Please check that you have ALL of these songs, and if not, plan to arrive earlier on Saturday to make sure you get a copy of them – library folks are usually there by 9:30.

FYI – songs are NOT in the order we’ll sing them for the concert, nor our rehearsals:
  1. Njengebhadi libhadula
  2. Ntakana
  3. Ah! si mon moine voulait danser
  4. En roulant ma boule roulant
  5. Northwest Passage
  6. E l’alegrie a e dai zovins
  7. Mandi
  8. Get Right Church
  9. Come Love Away
  10. Por La Paz
  11. Butterfly
  12. Tiny Perfect Moles
  13. Celtic Alleluia (by rote – no sheet music)
You’ll have noticed we’re beginning to “run” the songs more, i.e. less “learning” and more singing, hence we’re getting through more pieces each week too.  If you’re uncertain about a part we’re planning to have pretty much every track you’ll need emailed to you by the end of the week, so you can practise those tricky bits.
See you Saturday 🙂
Sue



Weekly Update from Kasi for March 4

Good morning everyone!

We’ve got a looong update today!

It’s a welcome to Spring! Join us on Saturday March 26th from 12:00- 1:30 p.m. downstairs at Harrp for a Spring Potluck. We encourage you to bring along your favourite finger foods to share with others. This will be a great opportunity to chat with other choir members, and also feast on delicious nibbles.
Speaking of spring, tis the time for planting! There will be a Vessey fundraiser held once again. We are sending along a second email with the Vessey catalogue. Please have a look and see what peeks your gardening interests! Orders will be taken on March 12, 19 and 26, and folks can pay when they order.
A gentle reminder to postpone all side conversations until the end of choir or during break. We’ve had a few comments about it being difficult to hear Hanna and Sue as there are many side conversations occurring.
A reminder to bring dry shoes or slippers in case it is wet this Saturday! We will be at Delta United Church (47 Ottawa Street S) instead of our usual location this week. Sue had sent out a request earlier this week to find volunteers to bring back equipment to HAARP. Thank you to those who have offered!
Several choir members have asked about how to access the Active Members Page. A big thanks to Bob who has gotten this process going! You can now sign into the site with our new password: sings2016
Bob has also posted two videos there of Brendan Taafe conducting ‘Come Love Away’:
****Brendan Taafe & Bright Wings. Bright Wings is an excellent small chorus. Pitch perfect pros. Really good video for hearing the individual parts.
****Brendan Taafe & Village Harmony Teen Traveling Camp. Gives a good idea of what the song may sound like with a choir like ours.
On October 15th and 16th, we will be attending a Brendan Taffe and John Harrison workshop in lieu of our regular rehearsal. There is a cost associated with this workshop – $120 (lunch included) or $100 (no lunch). Registration information will be sent out shortly.
Finally, here is a link for Northwest Passage. Please have a look as it will folks an idea of the overall sound of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aDChMcf-hc

See you all tomorrow!

Kasi Shan
Steering Committee Member




A Christmas Message from Sue & Hanna

Dear friends,

A heartfelt thank you to all you came, sang and played at Extendicare.  You folks sounded fine and your enthusiasm was felt.  We were well received, and folks enjoyed themselves…..indeed, we may want to recruit a few of the residents for our choir!
Thank you to Don and company for providing the song books and leadership for the sing along.
We start up again on January 16th.
The Steering Committee will meet on Monday, January 4th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.



News from Christi for Nov. 27

Hey all,

Are you out shopping? Yeah, me neither. I am staying away from all the madness. It does feel like the Christmas season is upon us now! We have several festive events to look forward to.

SING ALONG MESSIAH

Sunday December 13, at 3 pm, Melrose United Church

We have been invited to this event by the Back Elgar Choir. Tickets are $25, students are $10 plus HST. If you are interested in volunteering, they are looking for 8-10 volunteers to help out at the concert in exchange for free admission. Scores will be available for purchase ($15), or for loan at the concert, while supplies last. Feel free to bring your own. I’m going, and I know a few others are going to be there, so join us!

HANNAH’s KICKSTARTER

Have you checked out Hannah’s kickstarter yet? She is having good success so far, but she still needs our support. It’ll be great to hear her very first EP! If you want to help her make it happen, visit the link below.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hannabech/naked-bones

CRAFT AND BAKE SALE

We are planning to wrap up our fall term with a craft and bake sale on Saturday Dec. 5th. Get ready to invite family and friends as this should be a really fun event. There will be festive music and a variety of baked goods and handcrafted items perfect for gifting. So get baking and crafting if you haven’t already…only one week to go!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

We are booked to perform a Christmas Concert at Extendicare Long Term Care at 6:45pm on Wednesday December 16 2015. Address: 90 Chedmac Drive Hamilton Ontario. “They are thrilled that we are coming again!” says Marg, who arranged this festive event last year as well. Get ready to spread some holiday cheer!

Dates to Remember:

November 27–Rehearsal

December 5–Last rehearsal of the term and Craft/Bake Sale

December 16–Christmas Concert at Extendicare

See you on Saturday!

Cristi Kurtz

Membership Coordinator




News from Christi for Nov. 20

Hello everyone!

It’s been a busy week, hasn’t it? Holiday plans are starting and we have a lot to remember, so let’s get started with this jam-packed edition:

LOST

One of our choir members lost her music, in a bag with “Devilbiss” printed on it. Has anyone seen it? Keep an eye out.

SING ALONG MESSIAH

Sunday December 13, at 3 pm, Melrose United Church

We have been invited to this event by the Back Elgar Choir. Tickets are $25, students are $10 plus HST. If you are interested in volunteering, they are looking for 8-10 volunteers to help out at the concert in exchange for free admission. Scores will be available for purchase ($15), or for loan at the concert, while supplies last. Feel free to bring your own. I’m going, and I know a few others are going to be there, so join us!

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR

Another amazing opportunity to hear choral music will be on Thursday Dec. 3 at 8:00 pm at the Burlington Arts Centre. The Soweto Gospel Choir is an enthusiastic 30-strong choir famous for its rousing gospel melodies. It would be a fantastic experience to hear this choir sing! If you would like to go as a group, please contact Kymme or respond to this email before November 26. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?

HANNAH’s KICKSTARTER

Did you know our very own co-conductor Hanna Bech is raising funds for her very first EP? We at Hamilton Sings are obviously big supporters of local musical talent, especially when it’s one of our own. Go to the link below and check it out! Hanna says her goal is “to get as many people involved in the campaign as possible because that’s how a new artist can share their work in this new age. ”  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hannabech/naked-bones

CRAFT AND BAKE SALE

We are planning to wrap up our fall term with a craft and bake sale on Saturday Dec. 5th. Get ready to invite family and friends as this should be a really fun event. There will be festive music and a variety of baked goods and handcrafted items perfect for gifting. So get baking and crafting if you haven’t already…only two weeks to go!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

We are booked to perform a Christmas Concert at Extendicare Long Term Care at 6:45pm on Wednesday December 16 2015. Address: 90 Chedmac Drive Hamilton Ontario. “They are thrilled that we are coming again!” says Marg, who arranged this festive event last year as well. Get ready to spread some holiday cheer!

Dates to Remember:

November 20–Rehearsal

November 27–Rehearsal

December 5–Last rehearsal of the term and Craft/Bake Sale

December 16–Christmas Concert at Extendicare

See you on Saturday!

Cristi Kurtz

Membership Coordinator

 




News from Christi for Nov. 6

Hello all!

Now that Halloween is behind us, it seems like Christmas is just around the corner! Only six more rehearsals until we break for the holidays. Just a few reminders this week:
Drum Workshop
If you have not signed up for the drum workshop, please email me asap. There is still room, but I need to know who needs drums so we can be prepared. We are very pleased to welcome back our drumming guru, Michel DeQuevedo, for a one-night only drumming workshop here at HARRRP. It will be on Tuesday November 10 in the hall downstairs. The fee is $20, or pay what you can. 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Craft and Bake Sale
We are planning to wrap up our fall term with a craft and bake sale on Saturday Dec. 5th. Get ready to invite family and friends as this should be a really fun event. There will be festive music and a variety of baked goods and handcrafted items perfect for gifting. So get baking and crafting! The bake and craft sale will be downstairs at HARRRP from 12:00-2:00. We will need lots of donations and volunteers. I am attaching a flyer so you can invite friends and family. Please post this at your workplace, library, grocery store, laundromat, etc. See me (Cristi) for more details.
Dates to Remember:
  • November 6–Rehearsal
  • November 10-Drum Workshop with Michel DeQuevedo at HARRRP
  • November 13–Rehearsal
  • November 20–Rehearsal
  • November 27–Rehearsal
  • December 5–Last rehearsal of the term and Craft/Bake Sale
Hope everyone is having an awesome week. See you on Saturday!
Cristi Kurtz
Membership Coordinator



News from Christi for September 23

Hello my fellow singers!

It’s the first day of autumn, and what a beautiful day it was! My favourite parts of this season are: beautiful changing colours, the mum show at Gage park, pumpkin spice everything, turkey dinner, wearing sweaters, and singing with this wonderful group! I’ve missed you. It’s a busy term coming up and there are lots of things to talk about, so let’s get started with a message from Barb about an upcoming workshop:

“I am putting together a workshop with Brendan Taaffe on Wednesday, October 28th from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Brendan has led the week long choir workshops I’ve attended in the USA and France. His repertoire is based on the traditional music of New England and Appalachia, with a strong influence of shape music. Added to that is his fascination with the music of Zimbabwe, where he has travelled and studied.  He does concerts and workshops around the world, picking up ideas for songs as he connects with local singers, and the countryside.

If you are interested in joining us on Wed Oct 28th, would you please let me know by Friday, October 23rd? If we are 20 or fewer we’ll use my home. If we are more, we’ll use MacNeill Baptist Church (Westdale).  Carpooling will be arranged to either location.  Suggested contribution $15 – 20, or pay what you can, refreshments included.

Brendan’s lovely voice, engaging manner, and inspiring songs have drawn me to his workshops again and again. I’m sure you’ll enjoy him too.”

Barb Ridley

(Barb is a former and founding member of Hamilton Sings! Community Choir)

“I’m going, as I’ve been wanted to work with Brendan for a long time!” Sue

Another important message from our resident coffee lady, Caroline:

“Hamilton Sings will again be using the selling of coffee as a fund raiser. The choir is looking for volunteers to help make coffee.  It involves arriving about 30 minutes before starting time, around 9:30, to put on coffee. We have one volunteer already who has agreed to help out every other week.

A small coffee at Tim Hortons sells for around $1.30, I believe.  This year we are thinking of raising the price  of a regular cup of coffee to only $1.25.  If you enjoy a cup of coffee during choir practice and think that you can buy into this idea we’d like you to commit to 3 months of coffee purchases.  At 4 cups a month that would be a cost of $15.  Knowing how many people will be drinking coffee will help us determine how much coffee to make.  Please inform Christi, at our next meeting on Sat. Sept. 26, if you would like to be part of the coffee club by making an advance purchase.  Thank you for your participation in helping to make Hamilton Sings even better!”

On a spookier note, we are planning on having some festive fun at our rehearsal on Saturday October 31. Dress in costume and we will have a costume contest and social time with refreshments! If you are interested in bringing cupcakes for the Halloween party, please let Cristi or Lori know asap.

Don’t forget to order your bulbs! I am attaching the Vesey’s order form for everyone to share with family, friends, and coworkers. Fifty percent of every order goes to the choir to help with our expenses. Thank you for participating.

Dates to Remember:

September 26–Open Rehearsal
October 3–Open Rehearsal
October 10–Rehearsal
October 17–Rehearsal
Friday October 23-last day to register for Brendan Taaffe workshop
October 24–Rehearsal and flash mob for Compassion Globally
Wednesday October 28–workshop with Brendan Taaffe
October 31–Rehearsal and Halloween party
November 6–Rehearsal
November 13–Rehearsal
November 20–Rehearsal
November 27–Rehearsal
December 5–Last rehearsal of the term

See you on Saturday everyone!

Cristi Kurtz
Membership Coordinator
Hamilton Sings! Community Choir




News from Cristi for May 6

​Hey there,

What an awesome concert! I am so proud of us.  There’s a lot happening in May and June. Here’s a few things to look forward to. (if you know of any additions, corrections, etc. please let me know)

Things to Remember:

For those of you who won’t be singing with us throughout May, please bring your music to return to the music librarians on Saturday.

Saturday May 9-Rain Barrel Sale

  • We are doing well, but rain barrels are still available. Keep selling! www.rainbarrel.ca/hamiltonsings
  • We need people to volunteer as early as 8:00 and as late as 1:00 to help set up (before) and clean up (after).
  • We will be selling baked goods, perennial divisions and other seedlings. Let us know if you would like to contribute.
  • We will need people to help carry and load barrels in cars.
  • The choir will be rehearsing from 10-12, and we will be rotating volunteers during this time so we all will have a chance to sing and to help out at the sale.
  • There will also be a penny sale at HARRRP that day, so we will be able to send them customers/vice versa. I plan on doing some shopping that day as well…
  • Please bike, walk, carpool and/or park as far away from the church as you are able-parking is limited and we want people to be able to reach us and load up their barrels.

May 16-Reheasal at HARRRP 10:00-12:00

May 21 -Building Hamilton Momentum performance at Hamilton Tim Horton’s Field 6:30-7:10 pm

May 23-Workshop with Michael St. George-9:30 am-12:30 pm at Delta United Church gym. Sue and Hanna will be leading us in some vocal work, movement exercises and special guest Michael St. George will be teaching us some new songs. Please invite your friends, family, coworkers, neighbours, and anyone else in your sphere of influence. It’ll be fun! Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. Sue will be sending out a flyer with more info tomorrow, so you can forward it to your contacts.

Mondays in June– Music theory and movement classes with Hanna at HARRRP. No fee, but donations are appreciated and will go to buy supplies for Hanna’s Dalcroze business. The classes will run for 6 weeks and will start at 7:45 p.m. Please RSVP to Hanna

June 7– Hanna, Bob, and the Folk performing at Artword Art Bar on James St.

And finally, some kind thoughts from Matt:

Matt Nash: “I was asked to write a brief account of why I joined Hamilton Sings!
I joined Hamilton Sings out of an interest to improve my singing ability and meet community-minded people.  Both of those have been accomplished as our exuberant and skillful teachers, Sue and Hannah, culled magic from our vocal chords and fellow choristers embraced and supported newcomers like myself.  There was an instant sense of comradeship inside the inspiring and elegant HARRRP community centre.  All stranger danger leapt out the door as we shared stories of humour, hardship, and hope.  I wasn`t just a number in the rows of singers, I was a valued person.  When I missed practice, they asked politely where I had been as a concerned friend would.  When I couldn`t hit a note, I was encouraged to just feel the joy of the song.  And, when we had our big concert at the end of the year, we all danced and smiled and sang, our hearts reverberating with the pulse of life.”
Keep your hearts reverberating with the pulse of life!
-Cristi Kurtz
Membership Coordinator



News from Cristi for April 29

​Hello all!

Wow, can you believe the concert is this weekend?

There’s a lot to remember this week, so I will do my best to break it down. If I forget anything, let me know asap and I will update everyone.

Drumming

There are two more sessions in our drum workshop series, Thursday April 30 and Thursday May 14. If you signed up for the drum workshop, even if you can’t make it to all of the sessions, please pay the full amount ($40). The time, energy, and expertise we are borrowing from Michel is priceless.

Saturday May 2-Dress Rehearsal

  • We’ll start promptly at 10:00. Drummers, bring your drums.
  • Have your music in order
  • Wear the shoes you plan to wear on Sunday; make sure they are comfortable and supportive.
  • If you are interested in learning the dance to Amavolovolo, please contact Hanna for details.
  • Relax and have fun!

Sunday May 3-Concert Day

We need helpers (not choir members) to :

  1. take tickets at the door (two people)
  2. to man the raffle table (one person)
  3. to man the rain barrel display (one person)
  4.  to help with the 50/50 (one person)
  5. to make coffee and tea
  6. to take down/clean up after the refreshment time
  • We will be serving treats after the concert, so please bring in some sweets/baked goods if you are able.
  • Wear whatever you are comfortable in and whatever makes you feel fabulous!
  • Please arrive at 1:00 for warm up and any final preparation. Don’t forget your black folder/binder-and don’t forget your music, like I did at our last concert!
  • The concert starts at 2:00. Smile and be confident!

Saturday May 9-Rain Barrel Sale

  • We are doing well, but rain barrels are still available. Keep selling! www.rainbarrel.ca/hamiltonsings
  • We need people to volunteer as early as 8:00 and as late as 1:00 to help set up (before) and clean up (after).
  • We will be selling baked goods, perennial divisions and other seedlings. Let us know if you would like to contribute.
  • We will need people to help carry and load barrels in cars.
  • The choir will be rehearsing from 10-12, and we will be rotating volunteers during this time so we all will have a chance to sing and to help out at the sale.
  • There will also be a penny sale at HARRRP that day, so we will be able to send them customers/vice versa. I plan on doing some shopping that day as well…
  • Please bike, walk, carpool and/or park as far away from the church as you are able-parking is limited and we want people to be able to reach us and load up their barrels.

I will send more details next week about upcoming rehearsals, performances, and events in May. Let’s get through this week first; then we can all breathe a sigh of relief and tackle the next challenge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GOqFHraZmM

If you have a few minutes, please take another look at this video of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir performing “Amovolovolo.” I find this performance absolutely joyful and infectious. Take a look at the boys as they sing. They aren’t looking down, glued to their music. They aren’t standing still and stiff. They aren’t looking terrified and serious. They are relaxed, confident, and radiating joy. I dare you to look at the little boy at exactly 34 seconds into this video and not smile. This is what I want for our choir, and for our audience. For us to share our joy, passion, and love of music with them. And for the audience to respond with their own joy and love.

Have a wonderful week!

Cristi Kurtz

Membership Coordinator




News from Cristi for April 24

​Hello Singers!

Last week as I left practice I was thinking just how fortunate we are to have such an awesome group of Tenors and Basses. Listening to them sing “Bella Ciao,” I was reminded of a year ago when a small group of us sang in the Cathedral on James Street during an Art Crawl. It was a group of about 12, and Eric was the only man present. (and he did a great job!) It’s really nice to have the balance that we have now, deep voices and high voices alike. Thanks Tenors and Basses, for lending us your voices!
What are we singing in the concert?
The following is a rough draft of the selection of songs we will be singing. The order may change. Remember to get a black folder or binder, and start putting your music in order for the concert.
  1. ah halan wa sahlan” –  loosely translated as “May you arrive as part of the family, and tread an easy path (as you enter)”
  2. Viva La Musica
  3. Olde Irish Blessing
  4. Bella Ciao (tenors and basses)
  5. Boom Badiboum (sopranos and altos)
  6. Shen Khar Venakhi (small group)
  7. Amavolovolo
  8. Hallelujah
  9. Bright Morning Stars
  10. Roots (tenors and basses)
  11. River Chants (sopranos and altos)
  12. Carry On
Coffee 

Don’t forget to bring your cup or mug each week to practice so you can purchase coffee before we start and at the break. Only $1.50 and your money goes to support the choir. Thank you to Caroline, Jill and Shirley for keeping us caffeinated and for the delicious treats!

Rain Barrel Sale

Keep selling those rain barrels! There’s only a two weeks left. Keep promoting this event and let’s make it a success. http://rainbarrel.ca/hamiltonsings/

Sponsorship

If you know of any businesses that would like to sponsor Hamilton Sings, we are accepting donations! For a very reasonable amount, your business can be featured in our concert program, thanked verbally at the concert, and also promoted on our Hamilton Sings! website, Facebook, Meetup, and Twitter sites. Contact hamiltonsings@gmail.com for more information. One of our new sponsors is Healing Hammock Therapies. https://www.facebook.com/HealingHammock

Important Dates to Remember:
  • Saturday April 25 Practice-mandatory attendance for participation in concert
  • Saturday May 2 Dress Rehearsal-mandatory attendance for participation in concert
  • Sunday May 3 Concert at HARRRP
  • Saturday May 9 Rain barrel fundraiser-pick up day and practice
  • Saturday May 16-Practice
  • Thursday May 21-Building Hamilton Momentum Performance
See you tomorrow,
Cristi Kurtz
Membership Coordinator