Lancaster Singers at the 2017 Music Festival!
We were absolutely thrilled and delighted to be invited to join in the 2017 Lancaster Music Festival at the Storey Institute. We performed on Sunday afternoon to a modest but highly appreciative audience. Restricted by the performance space meant we were only about a third of the total choir but the blend and sound quality was excellent. We performed, under the baton of our Director, Duncan Lloyd, an eclectic range of songs from our recent repertoire. This included participation from some of the audience who produced an ethereal accompaniment using the rims of tuned wine-glasses. The choir was fortunate to be accompanied on the piano by local virtuoso Andy Plowman while Monty McMorrow and Martha Lloyd (aged 9) both sang beautiful solos. Martha’s rendition of the Vicar of Dibley theme tune was received very well indeed. The concert ended in an uplifting medley of numbers from West Side Story with an exciting full-throated and emotional finale.
This was our first appearance in the amazingly successful Lancaster Music Festival which is fast attracting regional, national and even international acts. We hope it won’t be the last and we extend our thanks to Russell and his staff at The Storey who facilitated the event.
Sponsored Walk: Saturday 30th September 2017
All Members, FoLS, LS + families and friends welcome. We’ll be starting from The Britannia Inn, Elterwater, Langdale, at 12 o’ clock sharp and completing a 6½ mile loop taking in rivers, quarries, woods, bridges, caves, waterfalls – oh, and cake at Chesters. Should be back at The Britannia around 4-ish.
Easy/moderate terrain on well-marked paths with one mild ascent. Dog- and child-friendly. Bring a packed lunch (or eat in the pub first). I’ll arrange a mini-bus (at cost) if there’sdemand.
If anyone wants a day out but prefers not to walk – how about meeting us at Chesters (Skelwith Bridge) for tea and cake? (That’ll be sponsored ‘n’ all). More details in September. Everyone will be invited to donate on the day whatever they can afford.
Coffee Morning: Saturday 7th October 2017
Sally Richardson is holding a Coffee Morning at her house, The Gables, Haverbreaks, Lancaster on Saturday 7th October from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
This will be a fund raising event and include a Bring & Buy stall and a Raffle. Sally will do some tickets. All choir members, partners and friends and invited to drop in for a cuppa. Friends of Lancaster Singers most welcome!
Lancaster Singers Walk - May 1st 2017
A chance to get together to socialise, enjoy the Cumbrian scenery and eat cake – what’s not to like!
A group of 15 or so (including Daisy the dog!) gathered in Arnside on the May Day bank holiday for the purpose of climbing Arnside Knott – I know – not exactly Mount Everest but we weren’t going for records just to enjoy some exercise and raise some funds for the Choir Orchestra fund.
The adventurers set off!
Fortified by tea/coffee and cake, we set off along the edge of the Kent Estuary to be greeted with one of the sights of Arnside – the Arnside Bore came in just as we were walking along – an unexpected treat for those who had not seen it before – and who were amazed by the legendary speed with which the water came in.
Along the Estuary
Leaving the Estuary, we walked up through the woods to come out just below the top of the Knott – a quick – if breath-taking – step and we had conquered all 160 metres to be treated with the tremendous views that are seen from the top. Unfortunately, although it was a glorious day, weather-wise, it was hazy – so although we could see the distant fells we could not make them out very clearly. It didn’t diminish the enjoyment though!
Enjoying the view
Back down through the woods for more tea, cake and flapjack – a great walk – lots of chat and fun – a chance to get to know one another a bit more – £55 raised for choir funds – but any calories lost in walking up the Knott were more than fully replaced by the cake eaten!
Lancaster Singers’ Constitution
At a Special General Meeting held on 31st May 2016, the revised Constitution of Lancaster Singers was unanimously approved.
The amended version brings the document up to date in general terms, having regard to the Charity Commission’s model constitution.
In particular, the amendments address:
- provisions relating to quorums;
- trustees’ powers of delegation;
- the making of rules;
- the number and appointment of trustees including powers of cooption.
NWEMF are holding a one day workshop for voices, viols and recorders
at the Friends' Meeting House, Lancaster, on the music of Ludwig Senfl
(16C composer of the Franco - Flemish school).
19th September 2015.
It's not often the workshops are located this far north.
The closing date is 12th September.