Tighten Up the Loose Bits

Salutations Everyone

This coming Saturday November 25 we get to tighten up the loose bits of our upcoming concert song list. Forrest Gump became a ping pong titan when he internalized the words, “keep your eyes on the ball”. So shall you “keep your eyes on your choir leaders” Hanna and Sue – when united in time, we’re sure to succeed. And please organize your music in a noise reducing folder – we still have some for sale at the front desk if you hate shopping as much as I do.

This Saturday is also the last practice before the Dec 2nd Concert, Sing-a-long, Bake & Craft Sale. Feel free to invite your extended family and friends to this delightful Christmas starter. Just to recap the roadmap for the date:

  1. Choristers arrive at 9:30 to set up bake/craft tables and settle in.
  2. Choir warm up at 10:00
  3. Doors open at 10:30, shop and visit
  4. Concert and sing-a-long at 11:00
  5. Shop and visit until 1:30 closure

Table organizers Shirley & Susan would greatly appreciate knowing who’s bringing stuff so they can anticipate needs. Sign-up sheets will be at the front desk.

The Sunshine Singers, who are not affiliated with Hamilton Sings, leads a sing-a-long at Baywoods retirement villa once a month (summer excepted). If you are interested in participating, contact lori@dudziclaw.com for further information and to join the mailing list. The commitment is not onerous and everyone is welcome. The Christmas season brings additional opportunities to sing out your joy.  Specifically…

… the Sunshine Singers will be participating in the December 2nd caroling at the ‘Tis The Season, Kenilworth Event. We assemble at 4:15 at Cannon and Kenilworth by the children’s crafts and will provide song books. Ask Lori lori@dudziclaw.com about it.

Do you know where your voice files are? At hamiltonsings.ca of course – private members page. Practice at will at home and arrive Saturday mornings ready to lead your section. Most recent addition is Panther – thanks Sue, and Bob!

In closing, I’d like to apologize for not getting an update out to you all last week. A series of unforeseen events managed to stymie my efforts – would have been good material for a comedy show if it hadn’t been utterly infuriating. I’m in the restaurant biz and at this time of year, passions run high and professional life is something of an endurance test. But, my friends, I’m lucky enough to have you and the music we make on Saturday mornings to keep me centered. I’m blessed indeed.

You guys are awesome.


Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer

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  • Concert Recording 2018: Every song from our Fierce Light concert!
  • Concert Recording 2017
New Songs for 2017-2018
  • Sun Comes Mornin’ Time: timing for the sopranos
  • 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