Christmas Carol Concert
Sonara Singers celebrated Christmas with a Carol Concert at St. Andrews Church, Swanwick on Saturday, 16th December with their special guests Matlock Brass Band. There was a great evening of Christmas music from both the choir and the band, and many Christmas Classics were covered with the audience joining in at times. Coffee, tea and delicious homemade mincepies were served at the interval.
Musical Director for the choir was Nicola Hunt with accompanist Teresa Mills.
Musical Director for Matlock Brass Band was Chris Banks and the evening was presented by Jennifer Howe.
A Visit to Ada Belfield Home, Belper
We had lovely start to our Christmas performances - a great selection of Christmas songs and carols at Ada Belfield Home on 2nd December. Thanks to our treasurer Pam for arranging this, and the team at Ada Belfield for making us so welcome. We know we couldn't possibly have sung everyone's favourite, but I think that we must have covered quite a few as so many of the residents and guests joined in. We are looking forward to our next performance - for Hearing Help UK and also our concert at St Andrews Church, Swanwick on 16th December with Matlock Brass Band. Jennifer Howe
Come and Sing
Sonara Singers hosted a Come and Sing event on Saturday, 16th September.
"What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon - singing with friends.
Thank you to everyone who joined us.
Our wonderful musical director Nicola Hunt, together with our accomplished accompanist Theresa Mills lead us through exercises and songs to warm our voices, and a great choice of songs before we put what we were learning together with This is Me. We also performed a beautiful arrangement of Amazing grace and an unforgettable version of Hey Big spender.
There were plenty of homemade cakes and conversations in the break, and I think we all learned a lot about our voices, and also about our friends.
Thank you to everyone involved" Jennifer Howe
A Concert for Ripley Music Festival
Sonara Singers gave a concert at All saints Church, Ripley as part of the 2023 Ripley Music Festival on Friday, 14th July. There was a varied programme with some great songs and there were solos given by Dee Hill and Christine Middleton. A duet was sung by Eileen Griffiths and Nicola Hunt and there were reading of amusing poems by Jan Whysal and Carol Chamberlain. The musical director was Nicola Hunt and accompanist Teresa Mills, introductions were made by Jennifer Howe.
A Summer Concert
Saturday, 8th July saw a welcome return for Sonara Singers to St. Peter’s Church Belper for a joint Summer Concert with The Rockabillies Choir to raise funds for Hope for Belper, which supports the Food and Community Hub.
What an amazing evening we had with the Rockabillies and Nicola hunt. The music from both choirs was outstanding, our feet were tapping one minute, and we were moved to tears the next with a great range of pieces from the choirs and soloists Nicola Hunt and Dee hill, who also performed a duet with her husband Phil.
Amusing ditties were given by Jan Whysall and Helen Beresford. Sonara and the soloists were accompanied by Teresa Mills and the evening was introduced by Jennifer Howe.
A huge thank you to everyone involved, especially Nicki who performed incredible solos and is Musical Director for both choirs. The event raised £1124 for Hope for Belper.
NAC Midlands East Region Concert
This year Sonara Singers were proud to host the NAC Regional Concert, the first since COVID. Five choirs took part at St Peter’s Church, Belper on Saturday, 20th May 2023, the programme was presented by Jennifer Howe, and the choirs taking part were:
Alfreton Male Voice Choir
Rock and Soul Singers
Rolls Royce Ladies Choir
Bestwood Male Voice Choir
The Massed Choirs
This meant that there was a varied and a well performed programme, which ended with the massed choirs singing “You raise me up” lead by our own Musical Director Nicki.
( Photographs are courtesy of Ian Webster)
Our Vice Chair and Deputy Musical Director guided us through a varied programme as part of Ripley
Music Festival in July. The choir are proud to have been a part of this since it began in 2004. It was a
wonderful and well received evening of entertainment with solos, duets and reading as well as
choral items. The programme included the song commissioned for the late Queen Elizabeth 2 nd
Platinum Jubilee – A life filled with Grace.
Before we had to end our rehearsals at the end of March 2020 we had been very busy.