25/05/2017 in News

The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers

18th May 2017, Ironmonger’s Hall, Barbican

We were invited to sing at the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers Combined Court, Livery and Yeomanry Dinner! That’s a bit of a mouthful, but it meant a trip up to the Barbican to sing for during a formal dinner for the Company. We also have a special link to the Ironmongers. Some years ago the Company supported the creation of a choral piece, The Phoenix Cantata, by British composer Helen Glavin. The Cantata was inspired by the history of the Phoenix Ironworks which were a part Lewes life for 154 years until they closed in 1986.

Here are some photos of this very special and memorable evening, a huge and warm thank you to the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers for inviting us and taking such good care of us while we were there.

29/11/2016 in Uncategorized

The Darkling Thrush

OK, not a thrush but we do also love robins ...

New carol: premiere at our ‘Music for Midwinter’ concert Sun 11th Dec @ 6pm, St Michael’s Church

Some days we feel like the luckiest choir in the world. Over the last year we’ve been invited back to sing as part of the Globe Sonnet Walks, with a specially composed piece, sung more specially composed music by our very own Ruth Kerr (Musical Director extraordinaire!) for Dr Blighty at the Brighton Festival.

This Christmas we’re premiering a brand new carol: a setting of Thomas Hardy’s the Darkling Thrush composed and arranged by Ruth. If you’ve never read the poem, please do – the full text can be found below. It describes a bleak and harsh landscape in midwinter, lightened by the lyric and uplifting sound of a song thrush, in full flow as dusk falls. It is hauntingly beautiful and will leave you smiling.

Almost by magic, this small frail creature lightens the gloom and brings cheer to the poet. A message that serves us well with the uncertain and sometimes dark goings on in the world around us at the moment, not to mention the darkening nights.

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26/04/2016 in Uncategorized

Globe Sonnet Walks 2016

Fri 22nd – Sun 24th April, the West Walk

We’re thrilled to be invited back for a second year running to perform as part of the annual Globe Sonnet Walks, founded by Mark Rylance and to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. See below for tickets for the entire walk (though they are selling fast!) We’re performing flashmob style  in a public space, so anyone is welcome to come and guess what our Shakespearean theme is before we launch into song.

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/special-events/sonnet-walks-2016

26/04/2016 in Uncategorized

Evensong at Chichester Cathedral

15th April 2016 at 5:30 pm

We will be enjoying the magic of singing at Chichester Cathedral again in in April and, as always, any supporters who wish to come with us to Evensong are very welcome and we’d love to have you join us for tea & cake in the Cathedral cafe before we sing.

 

12/11/2015 in Uncategorized

“Sleigh Bells ring … “

Sunday 13th December 2015, 6pm
St Michael’s Church, Lewes

Please come and join us for our annual Christmas concert. We’re preparing a raft of festive music, both traditional and modern for you to enjoy with us and ring in the season together.

As always, we will include several traditional carols and we do invite our audience to sing along with us. We are always keen to remind people of the positive effects of singing on health and mood, so take the opportunity to sing out and forget about the cold dark evenings.

We always say that our Christmas concert is the thing that finally gets us in the mood for Christmas and we look forward to seeing our long standing supporters and new faces this year.

TICKETS: £8 (under 14s free)
Available to reserve from Fiona Monson (please email), or on the door.

05/06/2015 in Uncategorized

The Paddock Singers Summer Concert!

Our summer concert is fast approaching!

“Pergolesi to Poppins”

Sunday 28th June 2015, 19:00
All Saint’s Centre, Friar’s Walk, Lewes

With a central performance of Pelgolesi’s beautiful setting of Stabat Mater, we’ll be singing pieces on a theme of motherhood.

Please come and join us to be transported through this beautiful choral work with it’s haunting harmonies performed with female voice, piano and a string ensemble.

We’ll be conducted by Ruth Kerr, our fabulous Musical Director. We’d love to have you with us on this mid summer’s evening to share some beautiful music.

TICKETS:  £8  (under 14s free)

Available to reserve from Fiona Monson (please email), or on the door.

30/04/2015 in Uncategorized

Globe Sonnet Walks, April 2015

Not that we like to blow our own trumpet – we much prefer to sing 😉 – but we did have a particularly wonderful experience lately when we were invited to sing as part of the Globe’s annual Sonnet Walks.

“I’ve been doing this walk every year for 11 years and can honestly say that was the best thing I’ve seen in all that time”.

– Two women, separately , to one of us after our last performance of the 2015 Sonnet Walk

For anyone unfamiliar with the way these work, they are two routes that take a historic tour though London, both ending up at the Globe theatre. Various performers are dotted along the route, disguised as your usual tourists or Londoners. At the point a tour group wanders past a performer, they begin a performance that is in some way linked to Shakespeare’s work or era. The joy of this for the tour is that they never quite know what to expect, or even when to expect it.

Several of our audience, still reeling from shock, described the performance to me as “completely amazing …. No-one expected a bunch of middle-aged women to break into song….”

– observation from one of our performances during the 2015 Sonnet Walk

The Paddock Singers were thrilled to be asked to sing as part of one of the 2015 Sonnet Walks, which we did disguised as a tour group who were spectacularly obsessed with Gough Square. Our fabulous Musical Director, Ruth, posed as our tour guide (and conductor and coach and moral supporter) and off we went.

“Our very own Mary Poppins, umbrella and all. Many thanks for the inspiration.”

– on Ruth, of whose energy and expertise the Paddock Singers are completely in awe

The most wonderful and surprising part of the experience was the most wonderful unsolicited feedback we received from our audiences. We want to thank everyone from the staff and organisers right down to all our audience members at every point through the day – we thoroughly enjoyed it and hope they did too! We are so thrilled with the feedback that we’d like to share it …

“The hairs on the back of my neck went up”
“It was intensely moving”
“… very impressed – and loved it. Very moving etc.!”
“… completely amazing!”
“Incredible, I’ll remember it forever.”
12/11/2014 in News

Christmas Concert

The Paddock Singers Christmas Concert 2014We’re currently rehearsing for our next performance:

“SING SONG MERRILY!”

Sunday 14th December at 6.00pm
St. Michael’s Church, High Street, Lewes

Come and listen to a wonderful array of beautiful Christmas music performed by The Paddock Singers and Paddock Youth Choir, directed by Ruth Kerr.

With carols for everyone to join in with, it promises to be a wonderful evening’s entertainment – and perfect for getting in the Christmas mood.

TICKETS:  £8  (under 14s free)

Available to reserve from Fiona Monson (please email), or on the door.

 

22/05/2014 in News

Summer Concert

We’re currently rehearsing hard for our big summer concert: Paddock Singers Go To The Movies! 

Come and listen to a wonderful array of evocative songs from the glamorous world of film…

Sunday 15th June, 2014
at the All Saints Centre, Lewes
7.30pm  (bar opens 7.00pm) 

TICKETS:   £8  (under 14s free)

Please contact Jan Hunter via email to purchase tickets.

 

13/03/2014 in News

‘The Events’ – an award-winning play at Brighton Dome

19th-20th March, 2014, The Corn Exchange

The Paddock Singers will be performing as the choir in David Greig’s daring new play which asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity.
   ‘The Events’, which features a soaring soundtrack and a different local choir at each performance as it tours around the country, tells of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable. Read more

TICKETS:

£14 / £12 concessions (not suitable for under 14s)
Friends of the choir can get tickets for £10 each by using the code CHOIR10 when booking tickets online or in person at the box office (booking fees apply)

For more information, including how to book, visit: www.brightondome.org