Wow - we had an amazing evening performing at St Andrew’s Church in Swanwick to raise funds for Derbyshire ABF.
Our master of ceremonies, Captain Philip Hill “Retired”, not only performed his duties well but also a wonderful solo. We had pieces of poignant reflection, rousing choruses and certainly everyone enjoyed the evening. Our Musical Director Gemma, together with our accompanist Theresa led us through polished performances of some Sonara classics as well as new additions to our repertoire.
We have boosted funds for Derbyshire ABF by £500.00
Saturday 21st September @ St Peter's Square, Derby.
What a wonderful time we had singing outdoors in St Peter’s Square Derby on a gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon. Shoppers and cafe customers were treated to a lovely programme selected by our Musical Director Gemma which included a number of new items to our repertoire. We are grateful to our supporters who handed out fliers about our choir to the people who had stopped to listen and we must also thank Helen’s husband who made sure our accompanist Theresa’s music did not blow away. It was a great afternoon!
Gemma Marshall picked up the baton for the first time with Sonara Singers on May 13th 2019. Gemma has been involved with music for as long as she can remember, graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Music Theatre.
Gemma was offered the post of Musical Director with the choir after auditioning for the post and is now leading Sonara Singers through new songs, adding further to our extensive repertoire. Our first concert with Gemma at the helm, was on July 12th, as part of the Ripley Music Festival, where we received a warm welcome and rave reviews.
We look forward to a long and productive future with Gemma.
FAREWELL TO LIZ MOULDER
We came to the end of a productive and exciting time with Sonara Singers as our Musical Director, Liz Moulder, hung up her baton for the final time with us, in May 2019.
Liz had led our ladies choir since 1989, where under her tutelage, we had seen our membership grow, our repertoire expand, our professionalism develop and, most of all, our enjoyment of music and singing reaching new levels.
Liz directed many events for us, ranging from singing in Derby Cathedral and the Painted Hall at Chatsworth House, through to a flash mob in the INTU Centre in Derby and singing with and visiting other choirs. The choir raised substantial amounts of money for charity over the years, all enjoying Liz’s conducting with her many, often funny, mannerisms and style.
Our last few weeks with Liz were busy, with the choir initially saying it’s own farewell to Liz, and culminating in her last concert where the choir sang an eclectic mix of songs, taking us through the three decades as our Musical Director, and including a surprise song, written by the choir and put to music by Tim Knight which described Liz’s unique nature and conducting style!
Thank you Liz for 30 years of expert leadership, with lots of fun.