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Through The Decades …

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On Saturday 25th April, Newmarket Community Choir will take you on a musical journey through the decades.

Whilst we could have found some music based on the early notation methods of Guido d’Arrezo from 1026, we thought it might be easier to start 900 years later, in the 1920’s.
Covering almost 1000 years of music would also make for a much longer performance!

We’ll be singing some popular favorites from the 1920’s right up to present day.

The Newmarket Community Choir are proud to be supporting Red2Green; all proceeds from the concert will be put towards some musical equipment for the charity.

We hope to see you all there!

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The Silver Song Box

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In the four years that the Community Choir has been running, there have been some truly wonderful highlights.

The last few concerts that we have done have been brilliantly supported by the Newmarket community and it makes the choir ‘experience’ even more rewarding when there is a packed out concert venue.

Our concert at Christmas and our Rhythm Of Life concert in March raised a total of £2100 for two separate charities. The Christmas concert brought some much needed funds for our chosen charity of the year “Sing For Your Life” and the March concert raised an amazing £1400 for the Healing Hearts Appeal at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

When we chose “Sing For Your Life” as our charity, it struck a chord with us all in the choir as their mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of people through singing.
We set a challenge to try and purchase a Silver Song Music Box for the Newmarket region.

The Music Box is simple to use and does not require any formal musical training to operate. It enables people to gain from the many benefits that this group activity allows on a regular (daily) singing basis – a lot more often than is usually possible. It plugs into a television, or it can be operated through a projector & speakers. The bespoke piano accompaniment is designed to replicate singing round the piano in a pub or in the home.  Unlike a Karaoke machine, which has a lot going on via the visual & musical backgrounds which can be confusing to many patients, the Music Box has been adapted to provide a simple colour background with only the words being displayed.  Crucially, the key and speed can be changed to suit each individual patient group. It is also possible to show images on the screen which has been found to be very useful in the field of reminiscence.

After a generous donation from Forrest Heath District Council, we were delighted to purchase a Silver Song Box for the Newmarket region and some of the community choir members spent an afternoon with the Newmarket Day Centre to officially ‘hand-over’ the box for the Day Centre to look after. Whilst they will be the owners of the box, they will be lending it out to the care homes throughout the region.

It was a wonderful achievement for the choir and we are so pleased with the help that we’ve had through all of our fundraising efforts; including our 2013 Charity Christmas single!

Thank you all for your continued support and we’ll see you at the next concert!

Keep singing …

www.singforyourlife.org.uk
Healing Hearts Appeal

NCC Help Hospital to Heal Hearts

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After our successful Rhythm Of Life concert in March, we had a write up in the Newmarket Journal about the money raised for the Healing Hearts appeal.
The article states …

A cheque for £1,400, raised at a charity concert performed by the Newmarket Community Choir, has been presented to Addenbrooke’s Hospital to help with the cost of a specialist scanner which helps diagnose heart conditions in babies, children and teenagers.
The cause was suggested by choir member Ellen Cole, pictured with her husband Bob, paediatric neonatologist, Wilf Kelsall, and community fundraiser Kristina Bright, who three-year-old grandson Lucas’s heart problem was picked up by the scanner.
“We are delighted with the total and I just want to thank everyone who made it possible, particularly the choir and choirmaster Robert Cross,” said Ellen.

It is a fantastic cause that the choir were so happy to support. Lucas is one of the choir’s biggest fans and it was great that Ellen and Bob suggested to put on such a brilliant event.

Read more here …