Virtual Choir performance for Priddy Folk Festival weekend
The choir is lucky enough to enjoy performing at Priddy Folk Festival every year, but unfortunately this lovely event had to be cancelled due to Covid19. We couldn't let the weekend of the Folk Festival go by without marking it though, and so we embarked on an ambitious project - to record a song from our individual homes, a socially-isolated dedication, a musical postcard to Priddy Folk Festival. It was quite a task, but we are happy with the result, and hope you enjoy it too.
A surprise performance for our conductor!
Arranged secretly by one of our choir members, many of the Priddy Singers individually recorded 'Down to the River' which was then edited by the very talented musicians, Ford Collier and Kate Griffin (Mishra Music). The special recording was a thank you to Katrine who has been keeping our choir enthused during lockdown with twice weekly YouTube rehearsals. Please have a listen here!
In accordance with government advice, Priddy Singers rehearsals and events have been suspended until further notice. Katrine will contact each member of the choir by email, or preferred contact, once she has more of an idea of how this situation will affect us as a group of singers.
Unfortunately, our Bring a Man event that was due to take place on Tuesday 17th is the first session to be hit by these new measures. It would have been an opportunity for members to bring along new faces (and voices) with the recruitment of tenors and basses being of particular interest. However, as always, new members from whichever part of the choir are welcomed. So if you were thinking of coming along to this event, or any rehearsal, please do check back to the website now and again to see when normal service will resume.
What a great Christmas of song we enjoyed in 2019! This was our busiest festive season yet, with an appearance at the Wells Christmas Market kicking off the festivities. The weather conditions that morning made things a little tricky (to say the least, especially for our accompanist whose music blew away a few times...) so it was encouraging that our good spirit shone through in our plucky singing. We hope that next year the weather is kinder to us, or that we come prepared for hard gusts and heavy rain.
The Family Christmas Concert on the 14th of December was a joy. We had a lovely audience for our diverse programme of music and performers. The choir enjoyed performing a variety of Christmas music, from traditional carols and renditions of old yuletide classics, to our foray into Vivaldi’s Gloria and upbeat pop in the form of Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas.
Thank you so much to Squeeze Fiddle Pluck, our local folk band, for accompanying the choir in many of our numbers and for being so welcoming in their playing as the audience arrived and mingled before the concert. Thank you also to flautist Quentin Edwards, whose playing of The Snowman Suite was so enjoyed. A very big thank you must go to the children who sang so beautifully in the children’s choir. They formed a small engaging ensemble only two rehearsals before the concert, and we were thoroughly impressed with how much they learnt in that time and how confidently they sang their pieces - if only we could bottle some of that for us grown-ups! What a great tradition this concert is - we are looking forward to the already.
A new appointment for Katrine
We are pleased to announce that Katrine has a new role as Musical DIrector of Wincanton Choral Society. Katrine has been the accompanist to the choral society for some years and she is looking forward to the change of role there from September, as the choral society goes into its 30th year. We wish her luck in her new job, which she was only allowed to accept once we learnt that their rehearsals did not clash with ours!
Drystones Album Feature
The Drystones’ new album, FEATURING THE PRIDDY SINGERS (“Roll up, roll up”!) is out now. It is a featured album of the month on folk radio and is receiving glowing reviews.
It was wonderful to be a (very small) part of this recording, and we would be delighted if you are able to support this quality local band by purchasing their album 'Apparitions' here.