We are currently rehearsing on our usual Monday evenings on zoom. Gemma, our Musical Director and Theresa, our accompanist, prepare and lead us through vocal warm ups, refreshers on our existing repertoire, where we go over our parts and we are looking at how best we learn new pieces. Our rehearsals end with a sing a long to one of our favourites. We know it’s not the same as singing together in person but it is lovely to keep us singing and to see our friends.
Before we had to end our rehearsals at the end of March 2020, we had recently entertained Derby’s Mayor, his wife ….
We entertained Derby’s Mayor, his wife and several golfers when we sang at Morley Hayes in February for the annual luncheon for Derby charity Children First. It was a lovely programme which was well received and we thank members, many of whom had taken time off work to attend. Special thanks go to our Deputy Conductor Helen Beresford who led us so well for the event which supports local children and their families.
What a busy Christmas we had.
There is no end to the talents of some of our members who beautifully decorated a tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival at St Michael and All Angels parish church South Normanton.
Our performances began at Tibshelf Council Christmas Carol Service at St John The Baptist church with Hucknall and Linby Community Brass Band. It was a wonderful and well supported start to the festive period.
Derby’s Intu evening shoppers were well entertained as we sang carols and Christmas songs with our friends Eastwood Colliery Male Voice Choir by the Christmas tree and raised £300 for Rainbows Children Hospice.
The PostMill Centre at South Normanton was the venue for a rousing evening’s entertainment when we were again joined by Eastwood Colliery Male Voice Choir and also Matlock Brass Band. The audience were treated to a wide range of Christmas music, ranging from the more religious, to show stoppers and from congregational carols to contemporary comedy. Matlock Band will be with us again for Christmas 2020.
ABF The Soldiers Charity
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.