Choir Leaflet - Full Post →


The homepage of the website has now been updated to include the choir leaflet as a thumbnail.  Its also available for download too.  If anyone wants some hard copies then please ask for some from Jenny.

Makin Musiz A5 Flyer FINAL (no bleed)

The leaflet was designed by the rather talented Mike Garlick, a local graphic designer.  We owe a huge thanks to Mike for designing the leaflet at minimal cost for the choir so that we can put all our funds into raising money for Zurich Cares.  If you have a moment, then please take a look at Mike’s website (www.mikegarlick.com) and bear him in mind should you ever need the skills of a brilliant designer!

Jenny

Malmesbury Abbey Wedding - Full Post →


On Friday 4th October the choir was invited to sing at the wedding of Ben and Rachel.  Now the choir loves singing at weddings (soppy bunch that we are) so we were happy to oblige, however we had an extra incentive in that the wedding was taking place at Malmesbury Abbey.  The Abbey is a beautiful building dating back as far as the twelfth century with a fantastic vaulted ceiling.  It certainly provided a completely different acoustic experience than our usual rehearsal space.

Wedding ProgrammeMalmesbury Abbey

Seventeen choir members, along with James, Mike and Anne took part.  We arrived at midday to set up, find our seats and have a quick practice before the guests arrived.

We sang Amazed by Lonestar as Rachel walked in – no pressure there, but I think it went well.  Besides all eyes were definitely on the beautiful bride rather than us!  We joined in with the congregation for the upbeat hymns (One More Step, Lord of the Dance and Give Me Joy in My Heart).  Finally during the signing of the register we entertained the wedding guests with some of our favourite weddingy songs – Run, Lean on Me and All You Need is Love.

Choir at Malmesbury Abbey

It was really lovely to sing at Ben and Rachel’s wedding and it was a fantastic opportunity to sing in a lovely venue.  We wish them lots of fun and happiness in their married life together.

Jenny

Makin’ MuZic Site Notice - Full Post →


Hello All,

I want to publically address (as the administrator of the site) that in the space of 30 minutes from 10:17 this morning, 32 attempts have been made to try and access the administrative account on this site. This is also not the first time such an incident has occured by any means.

To address this I will be, and have retrospectively been, banning the IP address of anyone who tries to log in as any of the following (and incorrect) users.

  • Admin
  • Administrator
  • Makinmuzic
  • MakinmuzicAdmin

That ban will be instant and permanent.

I would also like to state that the site is incredibly secure and the administrative account is ridiculously secure.

Sincerely,
Admin @ Makin’ MuZic

Wootton Bassett Arts Festival - Full Post →

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Well, on Thursday 20th June, Makin’ Muzic set off to take part in the Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. We took part in their class C8 “Community Choir with a secular program”.

Having arrived early we were able to listen to some solo and duet classes and hear the rather blunt comments made by the adjudicator. By this point we were all starting to feel a little more nervous than before we arrived! For those of us who remembered the Swindon Music Festival we were dreading a repeat performance of the adjudication – not an experience I really want again.

When it was our turn however we got up and did our very best right from walking onto the stage through to bowing at the end. I walked on last and was delighted at just how amazing we look all done out in our black clothes and blue flowers. I was also rather shocked to see just how big the choir has got – 25 people is quite a lot!

We sang our 3 numbers superbly. Everything went according to plan and I could see the effort that was being put in by every single member. Oh and boy was it good to hear us sing with a real grand piano!

Having listened to the other 3 choirs in the class (one of which had already won another class – gulp) we sat waiting for the comments.

Her comments to the first choir were as cutting as to the solo and duet classes. Oh no we thought, here we got.

The adjudicator came to us and made some very positive comments. She liked our tone and the choice of repertoire. She complimented us on our unaccompanied singing. She praised us for singing without folders and for listening to each other and watching the MD. Of the third piece (Singin’ in the Rain) she did comment that we could have looked a bit happier – we need to lose the look of concentration in the hard bits). And that was pretty much it. It appeared that she loved us!

She was reasonably kind to the other 2 choirs in the class but we were starting to think it just might be us who got the top mark – and indeed it was. We were awarded an 87 Distinction.

We are of course thrilled to have won but we did also really enjoy the evening. Watch out for another post soon on what I as MD feel I learnt by taking part.

Here are scans of the certificate and the adjudicators notes..

WBAF Comments Sheet

WBAF Certificate

and a cheesy photo of me with the cup…

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Good Luck Choir! - Full Post →


Hello All of You,

It’s been a while since I have been to the choir and I know that the good ol’ Chinese Whispers has worked it’s magic as those who have heard something have all asked me different things in passing! I will be coming back to the choir (I’m hoping to start again when you pull out the Christmas music). That however is enough about me…

I just wanted to write to you all to wish you all the best in the festival. I had every intention of coming to watch in support but unfortunately I cannot make it tonight. Although I wish you all the best, I’m sure you don’t need luck as I already know how amazing you are and if you doubt that, listen to my favourite choir recording on the site. Browser > Live Clips > Lowlands Away (Amazing).mp3!

I hope you do well because having seen the emails from James and the Rehearsal Notes, there is a lot of hard work going into it!

I will definitely come to watch the summer concert and will hopefully pop in to a rehearsal at some point soon!

I look forward to seeing you all again.

Good Luck

Laurence

Looking Good! - Full Post →

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Given that it’s the choir’s five year anniversary this year, we have decided we would like to add to the celebrations by getting some new uniform for the summer concert.  We currently have two uniforms – one smart and one casual.  Our casual look is the blue polo shirts embroidered with the choir logo.  Our smart look consists of all black (your choice what to wear) and then a turquoise fabric flower, which brings us all together.  So, we would like to update our smart look with a new accessory.  For the ladies we are proposing a light chiffon scarf – colour to be decided and for the gents – ties in a matching colour.  So question 1:

  • Do you like the idea of a scarf/tie?  If not, then please suggest something better, and preferably with examples – it’s not always easy to actually source people’s suggestions.

 

The cost of getting something new is realistically looking like £5-6 per person.  We have some money left from the voluntary subscriptions this year to subsidise this cost, however no where near enough to pay for them outright.  We would like to get members views on contributing £4-£5 each to the cost of getting something new.  So question 2:

  • Would you be happy to contribute towards a new accessory?

 

As always, this would be voluntary and if someone is unable to afford this, then the choir can cover the costs.  Our aim is to try and make the choir as accessible as possible for everyone, regardless of circumstance.

Please let us know your thoughts by 9 June 2013. If you would prefer to email your comments to me privately, then please do so.

Jenny (on behalf of the Committee)

Tips for learning music - Full Post →


As the festival creeps closer it’s time to start thinking about something which some of the choir are quite excited about, and others, well, less so.

But like it of not chaps, for the festival at least we are singing without music! We need to make sure we have enough practice at this that we don’t panic on the night and also so that we get used to standing without folders (what on earth do you do with your arms?????)

So here’re some tips to get you alearnin’…

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A Decision - Full Post →


So, as those of you who were at last week’s rehearsal will have heard me say (well if you weren’t talking to each other at the time you will….) I have decided that we will continue with our plan for a summer concert.  My thinking behind this is:-

  • Many of you expressed a desire to do the summer concert and some were really quite dismayed at the idea of doing away with it
  • I love the summer concert and I’m in charge(!)

However don’t think that the discussion below has somehow been a waste of time. Far from it. It has highlighted some really important things that I hope I have reflected in my plans:-

  • There is a real desire to invest time in the preparation of the festival pieces so that we turn up with every “I” crossed and every “t” dotted
  • More of you than I realised want to sing without music
  • Some of you LOVE weddings (perhaps a little more than is healthy..)
  • Singing songs our audience have heard before is good – people like to hear what they know especially when we do it well

So there we are. We will have a summer concert, decision made.  Watch this space for details of some extra rehearsals for those who are interested.

Rehearsal Plan - Full Post →


Here is my latest rehearsal plan.  You’ll see the proposed concert program in here too with 2 of the old repertoire added along with one sing along (to show the good stuff we do for charity!)

Rehearsal Plan v2

It just don’t fit - Full Post →

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Oh dear.  I’ve just sat down to do my rehearsal plan for the summer concert and there just aren’t enough weeks to do everything we wanted to. In fact, there aren’t enough weeks for us to put together a full choir program. We are, to use a technical term, a bit stuffed.

Here is what I had hoped we would do

Let it Snow (ha ha aren’t we funny
Singin’ in the Rain
Stormy Weather
Here Comes the Sun
California Dreaming
Fields of Gold
Irish Blessing
Something Inside so Strong

plus probably American Trilogy to celebrate our success at the festival (come one, let’s think positive).

So, we can cut things, we can drop some harmonies to simplify some pieces and we can book in extra rehearsals.

But, can you think of a more creative way to deal with this problem? Ideas on a postcard (or just reply to this post)…….