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!

New Year, New You …

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After a wonderful 2014, Newmarket Community Choir would like to wish all of our dedicated supporters a happy New Year!

Many of us have New Year’s resolutions (which some keep for longer than others!) and a common theme is often based around joining clubs or groups.

If you are looking for something fun, uplifting and enjoyable, with a strong sense of team work and camaraderie … why not try singing in a choir?!
It’s even been scientifically proven that singing actually benefits your health.

Sounds too good to be true huh?!

Here at NCC, we focus on getting together to make a great sound and have as much fun as possible.

We have all been in the situation where we are daunted by having to sing in front of people. Your voice is different to all other instruments because it is such a personal thing.
Being in a relaxed and welcoming environment can really fill you with confidence and it won’t be long before you are free-styling like Beyoncé or crooning your way to singing Sinatra at your next dinner party …

NCC meet every Tuesday, at Palace House in Newmarket; 7pm-8:30pm.
Come along and try it for free from the 13th January 2015.

Be prepared to enjoy yourself to the max and keep this New Years’ resolution through to 2016 …

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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 …

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Healing Hearts Appeal

Saturday Night At The Movies!

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On Saturday 12th July, the Newmarket Community Choir are proud to bring you an evening of songs from the movies!

Backed by a live band and iconic images from the films, you will hear famous pieces from such films as Lord Of The Rings, Rock Of Ages, Shrek and a selection of the, quintessentially British, James Bond themes.

Join us from 4:45pm for a perfect family afternoon out! There will be a fete to enjoy before the event with various games to play and prizes to be won and, of course, an opportunity to stock up on popcorn; the perfect accompaniment for the show (6:15pm start).

Latest Update in CB8 Magazine

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The choir was featured in the April / May issue of CB8 Magazine; which focuses on local services, business, lifestyle, health and the community.
At the time of writing, the Newmarket Community Choir were still counting up the money from their fundraising efforts in trying to purchase a Silver Song Box from the charity Sing For Your Life.
The box, rather like a pre-loaded karaoke machine, can be plugged into a TV and is designed to help people suffering from dementia and  Alzheimers.
We are pleased to announce that, thanks to a donation from Forrest Heath District Council, the choir was able to purchase the first Silver Song Box for Suffolk and it is already doing the rounds in Newmarket!

It’s a fantastic bit of kit and we hope that it will really help benefit the older people of the community.

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 …

For the Rhythm Of Life Is A Powerful Beat …

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“For the rhythm of life is a powerful beat, puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet”.

Everyone loves a good musical number. One that has the ability to make your toes tap in-time to the beat and leave you humming all the way home.

The Newmarket Community Choir will be featured in this concert entitled “The Rhythm Of Life”; an evening of song from the shows at the Memorial Hall. Featuring popular pieces from Rent, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Company, Into The Woods, Once, AvenueQ, Les Misérables and more!

Tickets are still available for this performance which will also see solos and duets from Newmarket Community Choir director, Robert Cross, local performer and vocal coach Bethany Barber and Robbie Noonan – Suffolk Youth Vocal Champion.

Tickets are £5 and you can get them from Vernon Smith Carpets and Coffee & Co. in Newmarket.

It will be a great night and will put you in a great mood for the rest of the week!

Star Radio – Charity Of The Month

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Throughout January 2014, the partnership between Newmarket Community Choir and Sing For Your Life has been chosen as the “Charity of the Month” for Star FM!

You can find out a little bit more on the Star Radio website and hear the interview with Rob and Diane – http://www.star107.co.uk/charityofthemonth/

Thank you all for your support in 2013 and we hope to see you at some of our performances in 2014!

News Coverage Of The NCC Charity Single

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Written by LIZZY BUCHAN (Newmarket News)

Newmarket Community Choir's christmas single to raise money to buy a karaoke machine for dementia sufferers
Newmarket Community Choir’s christmas single to raise money to buy a karaoke machine for dementia sufferers.
Sing joy to the world! is the Christmas single by a Newmarket choir which has been released this week to raise money for a local cause.
The Newmarket Community Choir released Sing Joy to the World! on Friday, December 13.They have teamed up with charity Sing For Your Life, who support the health and wellbeing of older people using music and contributing to the issue of dementia.

The NCC will be using funds raised to buy a “silver song music box” for people with dementia.

Choir chair Diane Buddery said: “We have pledged to raise enough money to purchase a silver song music box.

“This box, rather like a pre-loaded karaoke machine, can be plugged into a TV and is portable.

“It is our ambition that we can use our love of singing to promote singing for well-being and fun to the older people of Newmarket.”

The music, lyrics and guitar for the song have all been done by local artists, musicians and lyricists, with singing provided by the Newmarket Community Choir.

They have already promoted it with a live performance at Tattersalls Sales Ring on Friday.

The song costs £1 with all proceeds going to Sing For Your Life. To download it, go to newmarketcommunitychoir.bandcamp.com.

Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Newmarket/Newmarket-Community-Choir-release-Christmas-charity-single-20131217143000.htm#ixzz2nkbkBvOa