Lauderdale News Article – December 2014

New and Exciting Times Ahead for LCC

Our new session started in September with a new home for the choir – we now hold our rehearsals at the Lauder Public Hall, although the time and day of the week has not changed – you can still find us on Thursdays at 19:30.  Heartfelt thanks to the Lauderdale Hotel for allowing us to use their function room for rehearsals free of charge for over four years!
We commenced our new session following the summer break with a full programme of music planned to take us through the next year.  It is great fun working on new pieces of music, from learning the new notes to hearing it all come together. However, as I write this piece, we are preparing to put any new material on pause as we dig out and dust off the Christmas Carols, in preparation for our Christmas performances.  You can come and hear us perform at: Abbotsford on Sunday December 7th or at the Borders General Hospital on Sunday t he 21st of December.
Our October AGM brought an opportunity to reflect upon our achievements and look forward to the year ahead.  We received notification of our current Musical Director John Stone’s wish to step down from his role. We have been incredibly lucky to have had John at the musical helm of the choir, and will be very sad to see him go.  This is the start of a new chapter for Lauderdale Community Choir and we look forward to discussing our requirement for a new Musical Director with interested, suitably experienced parties.
Wishing everyone in Lauderdale and beyond a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year! We look forward to seeing you either holding a music folder with us, or as an audience member at one of our future gigs.
Gail Potts
Chair, LCC
07777 622869
@LauderdaleChoir
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Lauderdale News Article – August 2014

LOOKING BACK & LOOKING FORWARD
What a year of singing the last twelve months have been! We have woven our musical way from reprising ‘All you need is love’ in Melrose, to carols at Abbotsford and the Christmas Light-up in Lauder, to the Chaplaincy at the BGH and finally returning to Lauder for the extremely successful Spring Concert ‘Singing By Numbers’. The latter event raised £700 to benefit ‘Alzheimer Scotland’.
Although the choir is officially on it’s summer break, some members have taken up the invitation to join the andante Chamber Choir to sing in the premiere performance of ‘Fragments of Gold’ [inspired by the Hawick Fragments Project] in Glasgow Cathedral on the 30th of August.
Currently the choir’s music team are busy putting the final touches to the various programmes for the concerts in 2014/2015. Rehearsals start on 4th September at 7.30pm in the Lauderdale Hotel. New members are made very welcome. There are no auditions. Just come on a rehearsal night and sample the fun of singing.
If you would like more information try:
The website:    www.lauderdalechoir.org.uk
Facebook:        Lauderdale Community Choir
Twitter:           @LauderdaleChoir
Arthur Parsons 08.08.2014

Southern Reporter Article – April 2014

Singing by Numbers

If you’ve ever painted by numbers, this is nothing like it! Lauderdale Community Choir has been rehearsing lots of new songs for their Spring Concert. It is titled ‘Singing by Numbers’ and will be performed at Lauder Primary School on Saturday 10th May at 7.30 pm.  It should be well worth  a highlighted, ‘must go’ note in your diary. Each piece of music relates to a number and the programme is so varied it should appeal to every taste. It includes settings of psalms, extracts from the scores of the James Bond  films, Chorus Line and My Fair Lady, and the title music for the ‘Vicar of Dibley’.

Tickets are available now at Lauder Bakery or from any choir member. [£8.00 for adults and £5.00 for accompanied children.]

Arthur Parsons

Lauderdale News Article – March 2014

Singing by Numbers

In the weeks leading up to Christmas the Lauderdale Community Choir performed at three very different venues: the traditional Lauder lights switch-on around the Christmas Tree, a ‘Christmas at Abbotsford’ concert and singing carols at the BGH. Each in there own way very satisfying and all so well received that the choir’s been invited back next year.

No sooner was the Festive Season over than we begun rehearsing a new programme for our Spring Concert. It is titled ‘Singing by Numbers’ and will be performed at Lauder Primary School on Saturday 10th May at 7.30 pm.  It should be well worth a ‘not to be missed’ note in your diary. Each piece of music is related to a number and is so varied it should appeal to every taste. It includes settings of Psalms and extracts from the scores of the James Bond  films, Chorus Line, My Fair Lady’, and the title music for the ‘Vicar of Dibley’.

The choir’s membership swells month by month and is now over 70. We have a very broad range of age and abilities. If you want to sing, no matter what your musical experience, you can be assured of a very warm welcome – there are no auditions. You can simply turn up at the Lauderdale Hotel at 7.30pm on a Thursday night and sample the fun to be had when singing with a large, supportive community choir!

For more information including the rehearsal schedule see the website at www.lauderdalechoir.org.uk or e-mail our membership secretary Ros Watt at join@lauderdale.org.uk

Arthur Parsons

Our Chosen Charity…

This year we will be supporting Alzheimer Scotland with funds raised at our Spring Concert on 10th May.  For further details about the charity please see their website – click here.