Monday, 12 December 2011
A Message from a very tall, possibly magical, singing elf... – i.e. Peter Kyrke-Smith, Magic Carpet and the Hub’s answer to Gareth Malone!
Joey has very kindly let me do some of her (always brilliant) blog for today, just to introduce myself to all you readers, and to say something about the 2 great Christmas singing sessions coming up at The Hub THIS Thursday (December 15) and NEXT Thursday (December 22) – both from 5.30 to 7.30, and including a break in the middle for refreshments – Singing With The Angels! (If you know The Hub, you’ll know why we’ve called them this!)
I’ve had the fantastic pleasure and privilege of doing all sorts of singing and musical things with people over the past 15-20 years, with choirs, schools, theatres, community groups and individual singers - and so I was DELIGHTED when Rob from Magic Carpet asked me if I’d like to set up a new daytime community choir, starting in January 2012 and based at The Hub, and to set the ball rolling with a couple of big Christmas sings.
Just as it will be with the Magic Carpet Community Choir in January, absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and Sing with the Angels! - just as long as you want to sing! - or at least give it a go!
We’ll be doing a mix of ‘classic’ Christmas songs (think White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, All I Want For Christmas Is My Two front Teeth, Santa Baby and many more…!) and lots of traditional carols, with a few other heart-warming songs thrown in that you may or may not know, including the deeply moving Lost Satsuma Song…!
There is just one aim for each of the evenings : to have great fun, singing away to your heart’s content in excellent company, and in one of Exeter’s most amazing, secret old buildings.
Be there! – but book now (via The Magic Carpet office on 01392-422938) to avoid disappointment! The Hub is a wonderful place to sing, but we think 40 people really is about the upper limit numbers wise.
p.s. and yes, The Magic Carpet Community Choir – open to anyone and everyone who wants to come along and sing on a Tuesday morning – will be starting at The Hub on Tuesday January 17, 2012. We’ll start singing (all sorts of great songs!) at 10.30 each week, and finish by 12, but Joey’s wonderful brews of coffee, tea etc will be available from 10 o’clock.
Again, get in touch with The Magic Carpet office on 01392-422938 to find out more, or book a place for the first session.
p.p.s. and to find out more about some of the brilliant work Magic Carpet has been doing in Exeter and Devon for the past 30 years, have a look at their website : www.magiccarpet-arts.org.uk . Their whole focus is on using the Arts to promote health and well-being for all groups and individuals in the community – and they share my total belief that SINGING IS GOOD FOR YOU! and… EVERYONE CAN SING!
(This includes Joey, who keeps telling me she can’t sing and won’t sing!! I give her about 10 minutes this Thursday evening before she can’t help it!)