Since starting in September 2011, The Station Singers have performed on average two concerts a year. These have helped raise funds for many local charities, ourselves, and our Bursary Fund.
“With a song in our hearts”, the Spring Concert held on the 19th March 2016 raised just over £1500 for local charities. The St John’s Centre Catterick, and the Richmond Ladies Lifeboat Guild assisted with the concert and benefitted from £510 in proceeds each.
Almost 120 voices singing to a full house opened the evening with a spine tingling rendition of “With a song in my heart” by Richard Rogers. The entertainment continued with a variety of lovely songs, and several chosen in honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year.
Platform 1 amused the audience with their version of the famous Witches speech from Macbeth. Other items including “The Rose” and “Ribbons in the sky” were sung beautifully and from memory. This latter was accompanied on recorder by one of the choir members, Lucy Else.
The Branch Line sang songs themed on love, successfully performing their most demanding arrangement yet. This was a gently moving setting of Shakespeare’s “It was a lover and his lass” by Matthew Harris. On the other hand “Feeling Groovy” by Simon and Garfunkel was performed with gusto and enjoyment.
A rousing start to Platform 2’s set was ensured by the vintage military drum accompaniment to “Pastime with Good company” from David Pratt. Many beautifully expressive harmonious moments followed in “As torrents in Summer” by Elgar, the Karl Jenkins setting of “Ave Maria” and the haunting music of Ola Gjeilo’s “The Ground”.
There were opportunities for community singing, and the entertainment concluded with a rousing performance of “You’ll never walk alone”. Delicious refreshments followed.
Conducted by Carol Gedye and skilfully accompanied by Brett Overin on piano, the three choirs continue to improve in standard from concert to concert.
Councillor Clive World who attended in his capacity as Mayor wrote afterwards, thanking us and also said:-
“There was a sense of anticipation and expectation and nobody in the audience was disappointed. In fact the standard set gets higher and higher…As Mayor, it has been a pleasure to attend these concerts over the last two years. I have seen the choirs grow in strength, self-esteem and ability.”
Christmas 2015 (heavy snow in December caused postponement to a January 2016 concert)
In spite of the postponed concert, most singers and audience members were able to reschedule to January 9th. No-one seemed to mind singing Carols in January - it was only just after Twelfth night. In fact a few commented that it was nice to have something to do in January after the busy-ness of Christmas. As well as a joyful evening of singing, many songs on the theme of Bells - for the bell appeal- it was also a successful fund raising evening for our charities.
Bell Appeal £770
Darlington Multiple Sclerosis Support Group £770
Station Singers £763
The Spring Concert was held on Saturday 28th March.
"My Fair Lady" was the chosen medley for all choirs to sing, and the church windows were creatively decorated in appropriate styles. Highlights of the evening was the beautiful performance of "All my trials" by Platform 1, Morten Lauridsen's evocative harmonies in "Sure on this shining night" by Platform 2, and a passionate performance of the "I believe/ Ave Maria" quodlibet by the Branch Line.
(Regular concert goers would be pleased to know that the concert length was back to normal after the Christmas marathon!)
We very sadly said good bye to Susie, our accompanist for four seasons (click here). Her farewell song to us was a sensitive performance of "Can't help lovin' dat man".
Our charitable partners in putting on this concert were the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Military WAGS Choir Catterick.
The concert raised just under £1500, giving our partners £500 each.
The Christmas Concert was held on Saturday 13th December. As well as our usual festive mix of seasonal songs and carols, this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 we sang songs that would have been popular in that era - "Daisy Bell", "Sweet and Low", "The long day closes", and a choral arrangement of Elgar's "Nimrod".
A powerful sequence starting with a reading of Carol Anne Duffy's "The Christmas Truce" by four of our members was followed by a guest appearance by the local folk group "Fourum" singing "Christmas Bells". The 115 strong combined choirs joined in the chorus. Multi talented musician in the band, Rod Hall, composed this beautiful song which is also based on the Christmas Truce. A recording of it is available to purchase in aid of Phoenix House ( H4H Recovery Centre in Catterick). After this the three separate choirs, in the manner of Cori spezzati, but also as in the trenches, sang Stille Nacht, verses in English and a multilingual verse in Welsh, Dutch and French, all a capella. The sequence ended with a rousing medley of favourite WW1 songs arranged by Alwyn Hughes.
We were supported by Homestart Richmondshire and The Beacon Catterick Garrison. Delicious canapes and mulled wine rounded off the evening splendidly, and just under £2100 was made, of which £700 each goes to these two charities.
Our Spring Concert on April 5th was another resounding success. The choirs excelled themselves by learning to sing the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves in Italian - "Va pensiero sul' alli dorate" will be etched on many a memory... Our overall theme for the year had been opera choruses, and so we performed the Gypsy Chorus (Verdi, Il Trovatore), We're goin' around ( Scott Joplin, Treemonisha), Nessun Dorma, Evening Prayer (Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel), and Comedy tonight, all with great aplomb.
To commemorate the death of Nelson Mandela at the end of last year, we also sang a selection of African chants, and the National Anthem "Nkosi sikelel-'i Afrika" which itself is written in a number of languages.
These were supplemented by our usual variety of feel good and other songs which included "Bring me sunshine", "Simple melody" and Platform 2's best performance of "Seal lullaby" by Eric Whitacre. This latter has proved both a challenge and enjoyable to sing.
We were supported in producing the concert by the Friends of Marrick Priory.
The evening raised £1777 shared between Marrick and ourselves.
The Christmas Concert was supported by the Richmond Soroptimists International. Held on 13th December, the concert opened with a bell and a grand round of "Hear the chiming Christmas Bells", "See the star of Bethlehem" and "God bless all" from all three choirs. The seasonal songs were supplemented by two Verdi Opera Choruses sung in the year marking 200 years since his birth in Parma, Italy in 1813. Susie entertained us with a lovely rendition of the "Little road to Bethlehem".
Singing to a packed and enthusiastic audience, this concert was our most successful yet, netting £2400.
Not only did the Richmond Food Bank receive a good donation via the Soroptimists, they also received many food donations that the choir and audience brought to the concert.
The Soroptimists donated the rest of their share of the profits to Family Activity Breaks for bereaved service families. This was very much appreciated by the charity FAB.
Well done to the Soroptimists for their excellent contribution to the success of the evening!
Saturday 23rd March 2013
was a very snowy day, but the church was packed for a Spring concert with a Gallic twist
featuring many French songs, and a culminating with a medley from "Les miserables". The concert was promoted by the Richmond branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
We raised £ 758.68 for Yorkshire Cancer Research and £410 for the Station Singers Bursary Fund.
We had two Sing for Pleasure mornings when singers just turned up and enjoyed a morning of Singing. We also had two more focused sessions when we sang songs from "The Sound of Music", and songs from "Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat" . All sessions were most enjoyable, and helped the summer pass for those who miss their weekly sing!
Wednesday 30th May - Jubilee Concert
St Mary’s Richmond
A concert in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All 3 choirs were involved in this magnificent show. Promoted by the Friends of St Mary’s, the event raised £570 each for the Disabled access fund at St Mary’s and the SS bursary fund.
Wednesday 11th July
Mamma mia! In a morning
The Station, Richmond
This was a one off workshop designed to have fun learning to sing some of the songs from Mamma Mia! in a morning. Although mainly supported by existing Station singers, this event attracted new singers, and visitors from Lancashire.
We performed a Christmas Concert
on Wednesday 12th December
2012. All three choirs performed both individually and as a massed choir of about 120 voices. The programme was mainly music for the festive season, but also gave a taste of the Les Miserables medley.
The concert was a sell out, playing to a packed church. The Friends of Garget Walker House, our Richmond branch of the Alzheimer's Society promoted the concert. Delicious seasonal refreshments were served, and the whole evening raised just over £1300 which was divided between the Friends of Garget Walker House and the Station Singers.
Thursday 29th March
“A great night out”
The Station, Richmond
This involved the Branch Line and the Catterick Garrison WAGS choir. The event raised £600 each for the WAGS and the Station Singers bursary fund.
Sunday 22nd April
Richmond Town Hall
Promoted by British Heart Foundation, the concert involved the Platforms 1 & 2 choirs. The concert raised £719 for the British Heart Foundation.
Wednesday 2nd May
Concert for Homestart
King’s Head Hotel Ballroom
Promoted by Homestart. A concert by Platforms 1 & 2, which raised £465 for the Homestart charity.
Saturday 17th December
The Station, Richmond
This was a 'Big Sing' on the mezzanine of The Station. All 3 of our choirs were involved. This was the Station Singers first performance, with a grand total of 100 singers. The concert raised £200 for St Teresa’s hospice