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The run up to Christmas is always a busy tine of year for any choir and, for the Llanfair Singers, the time not only included the joy of singing Carols at church services and local events, but also performing two concerts, together with Mig's Band, of widely varying music at two local venues: the Memorial Hall in Clun and the Everest Hall in Llanfair Waterdine.
The Everest Hall concert was the choir's major charity fund-
The genius of the programme organisation and of the music selection (not to mention the performance of the choir!) is entirely down to our long-
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Rehearsal for the new term started on 19th January, 7.30pm in the Everest Hall and, as always, we are delighted to welcome new members -
2018 looks like another very hectic year with a full schedule of performances and services at both local churches and not so local cathedrals -
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to help raise money for an orphanage in the high Himalayan town of Tawang, in the NE of India, bordering Bhutan and Tibet. The orphanage is home to over 200 local children and was established by Lama Thupten Phuntsok, an inspirational Bhuddist monk, who sees his vocation as service to the community. The orphanage has benefited from generous endowments which have funded the buildings, while FMVSO attempts to cover food costs (£3,000 per month -
The Thuso Centre in Lesotho was originally established to care for children with mental and physical disability who, owing to the prevalence of HIV, had become orphaned. The children were now the responsibility of their grandparents who, in order to feed the children, were having to go out to work. In order to stop the children wandering and to keep them safe from abuse of roving strangers, they were being locked in. It was in response to this that the school was established. When we first visited in 2000 there was no electricity and no water and the centre relied upon goodwill and donations (as it still does) The children were only taught crafts and by volunteers in the hope that the children could eventually earn an income.
Over the years the dormitories, laundry and shower facilities have improved and, recently, Sentabale, (The Duke of Sussex's charity) became involved and the school now has electricity and, the Government provides qualified teachers -
Wasteaid UK is a small charity that makes a BIG difference to lives and communities. Working primarily in Africa and India, WasteAid turns the problem of waste into an economic opportunity, sharing skills so that people can transform waste into useful stuff, for example: turning plastic bags into floor tiles. The aim is to create healthier communities and a better world for everyone.
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As you can see: not only will you have a fantastic evening of musical entertainment with both the Llanfair Singers AND Mig's Band, along with a terrific feast, an evening of great fellowship AND ALL FOR JUST £10 but your support will be helping to make a HUGE difference to these three excellent charities which mean so much to our members. We look forward to seeing you there on the 15th December and, as always, THANK YOU for your support
For those who remember it, the words of David Cassidy's song have been singularly appropriate "Didn't we have ourselves some kind of a summer!" Boy! It has been hot...... and wonderful....... and long lasting........ but now reality has returned and our weather is gently reminding us that we live in the UK and that Autumn is beckoning. That means it will soon be time for our annual charity concert . Not surprising then that it is that which is uppermost in our mind -
Each year the choir chooses different charities to support, rotating between local, national and international charities on a 3-
The Friends of Manjushree School and Orphanage (search for FMVSO) is a registered UK charity founded 1 years ago
On 21st September, the choir was invited to sing at the consecrating of a plaque in the Lady’s Arbour at Hereford Cathedral to commemorate those who died in the first World War, in particular a young soldier from Herefordshire who was awarded the Victoria Cross. His name was Allan Leonard Lewis and a slightly larger than life statue of him now stands in the Old Market Shopping Centre, which was unveiled later the same day.
The choir had good reason to be there; Jemma Pearson (Montagu), the sculptor, is a member of our choir and George Montagu, Richard and Jemma’s son was the composer of the music we sang; ‘Futility’
There is only one place to start this article and that is by saying a HUGE
to everyone who supported the Llanfair Singers and Mig's Band charity concert and supper in December. Thanks to your efforts we raised well over £1400 and were able to round that amount up such that each of the three international charities was presented with a cheque for £500. Given that each charity was connected to a performer at the concert you will appreciate just how much that meant to us all. Thank you. Next Christmas, as part of our 3 year rotation between international, national, and local charities we shall be supporting a national charity.
With the Clun Concert on the 9th December, 2018 and the Everest Hall one on 15th December you could be forgiven for thinking that our singing for Christmas was over. However, no choir can enter the Christmas season without the wonderful abundance of Carol Services. So it was no surprise that we were still to be found singing -
‘Llanfair choir raise the roof for WasteAid’
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After two weeks of relaxation it was time to return to the serious business of singing again, with a whole programme ahead of us and much new music to learn. The arrival of St David's Day meant that, once again, the mastery of Welsh pronunciation was to the fore -
Once our other engagements have been completed, including a "meditation" at Llanfair Church on Good Friday, the choir heads off to the Stour Valley, in Suffolk, to sing at a concert hosted by the Stour Valley Singers on 4th May. This is part of our biennial concert series with them. Immediately upon our return -
As we finally come up for air we head off to Durham to sing Choral Evensong in the Cathedral on the 1st July. I suspect that, as always, there will be many other requests for us to sing in the interim and one thing is certain -