Presentation to Pamela

We made a presentation to Pamela who recently decided that it was the right time to leave the choir of which she was a founder member. David, our current chairman, paid tribute to Pamela who had been chair previously and her enormous contributions to the choir. A letter from April Cantelo (who had previously acted as voice coach to the choir) described her as a wonderful lady. Another letter from Margaret, one of the Friends of the choir and a former member, also reminded us of what Pamela had done for us. She had led us through good times and bad.

The money collected was sufficient to be able to arrange a day out to include a Garsington Opera with dinner and champagne showing the esteem in which she is held.

Saturday April 22nd: “Vamp til Ready”

We are organising another great entertaining and fund-raising event. It will take place at Drayton Village Hall on Saturday April 22nd at 7.15pm for 7.45pm. Another evening not to be missed!

Vamp til Ready is a tremendously funny and mightily accomplished song-and-dance act that had many of us in stitches earlier this year. Our own Martin Elliff is one of its stars.

It is vital that our fund-raising social events are well supported. Please help us in our efforts to provide high quality concerts. We are a small village choir that ‘punches well above its weight’ in the quality of our concerts because we engage professional musicians and singers: this costs, as we’re sure you appreciate.

Tickets are £15 per person for the entertainment and a full meal. We are aiming to sell these places by tables of 10. Some of you, we know, can guarantee a table. If not, please contact Christiane and she’ll be able to place you on a table with your friends.

Please help by doing your bit to promote the event to as many people as possible.   We need over 100 people to make it a rip-roaring success and balance the books for this year… and have a memorable evening.

Fundraising event on 27 August

The entertainment provided by Professor Angela Gallop and former All Saints Singers Music Director, Dr Gulliver Ralston, was spectacular – the evening was attended by some 40 guests who enjoyed the most interesting insight into what a forensic scientist has to deal with, most of it rather unsavoury, and the hilarious songs (mostly by Noel Coward) and poetry, performed by Gulliver  – with great conviction!

The host, Chairman David Russell, ably assisted by Orchestral Manager, Tony Furze, impressed everyone – by turning around the terrible daytime weather at the very last minute – to enable guests to spend a very enjoyable time eating and drinking in the magnificent grounds of his home.

I believe that the aim of raising much needed funds for the choir should have been achieved, and a big thank you to the organizers is in order.