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St. Elizabeth’s Villa, Wednesday, Dec. 21st

Thank you for volunteering to sing at St. Elizabeth’s Villa on Wednesday, Dec. 21st.

The Villa is the apartment building in the midst of St. Elizabeth’s Village. Address is 391 Rymal Road, West, Hamilton, ON L9B 1V2.

The entrance to the Village is actually just south of Rymal, and left (east) off of Garth. Proceed through the gateway towards the back of the driveway – you’ll see the apartment building and turn to the left to get to the parking lot.

Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/5uRzVmCZzME2

Please arrive by 6:00 p.m. to warm up; we’ll sing at 6:30.

We’ll be singing in the Auditorium, which is on the main floor.

We’ll do the same songs, in the same order as we did for our mini-concert.




Extendicare, Wednesday, Dec. 14th

Hi folks,

Thank you for volunteering to sing at Extendicare next Wednesday, Dec. 14th.  The address is 90 Chedmac Drive, Hamilton, ON L9C 7W1
Please arrive by 6:00 p.m. to warm up; we’ll sing at 6:30.
We’ll do the same songs, in the same order as we did for our mini-concert.
If you have offered OR need a ride, please let me know that it’s okay to share your emails with each other to connect for your ride.
Thanks again,
Sue



Hamilton Sings Update – Nov. 25

Greetings Fellow Performers

Please be advised that tomorrow after practice you are all invited to an informal social in the downstairs lounge, Bring hand-held snacks to share, a beverage, and a winning smile for that interesting looking fellow choir member you haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet. Be bold. Be brave. Be fun!

Next Saturday Dec 3rd we mark the conclusion of our fall term with a Mini-concert, bake/craft sale, and Xmas singalong. Invite your family, friends, heck, even your enemies will be won over by the quality of your choir work and baking efforts. Make sure you price your goods and don’t hesitate to contribute other items for sale if baking isn’t your forte.

Also, you java hounds, make sure you bring your own fix as Caroline will be unable to make coffee for us tomorrow.

Cheers,

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Hamilton Sings Update – Nov. 11

Greetings Fellow Serenaders
As I sit here yawning over my morning coffee, I can’t help but think of the better coffee our java mistress Caroline thoughtfully provides every Saturday. We’re talking Fair Trade Rwandan from the local Vintages Coffee Cafe – $1.50 a cup or $10 a term. Sleep no more.
Caroline also has a green thumb and asks that you email her at carof@gmail.com if you are interested in joining her gardening group.
The blueberries are coming! This Saturday is your last chance to order a (or several) 2 kg bags of sublime, wild, Nova Scotian, frozen berries – a deal at $20/bag. Think muffins, smoothies, cobblers – the list goes on. Bring your cash or cheque and sign up tomorrow. Delivery date is Saturday November 19th at noon.
Tentative date to remember: Saturday November 26th, Choir Social at noon after practice. Think pot luck except the company and food will be better .Bring a snack to share and meet that person who’s voice you’ve heard but haven’t met yet. Speaking as an alto, I’ve often found that tenors have interesting ideas – but you judge for yourself. What fun!
Dec 3 Mini-concert, Bake/Craft Sale and Sing Along. Bring your priced baked goods, crafted works, and dare to re-gift that item sitting in your closet. We’ll warm up our vocal instruments at 10 a.m., concert at 10:30 a.m.,sale commences at 11:00 a.m, and we’ll wander around with our invited friends and family, carol books in hand, and sing to and with everyone.
Get your groove on by checking out the Drakensberg Boy’s Choir rendition of Amavolovolo on the Hamilton Sings web site private member’s page. Password is sings2016.
Cheers
Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer



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