Welcoming Windborne to Wrexham

“The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony in the tradition of the Watersons, The Voice Squad, and Coope, Boyes, and Simpson, Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today”

Brian O’Donovan WGBH, NPR

Image 22-04-2018 at 22.14Wrexham One World Community Choir is delighted to welcome US folk band Windborne to present a singing workshop and concert at Undegun, regent Street, Wrexham on Tuesday 8th May.  Tickets prices are

For Performance + workshop £15. £12 conc.   Performance only £10.  £8 conc. (available on the door or to reserve email info@wrexhamchoir.co.uk

Singing Workshop 7pm – 8pm.  Performance 8:15pm

Internationally acclaimed folk band, Windborne specialise in close harmony singing and their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. Praised for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements,”

Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

Their album/songbook is out now and has been getting rave reviews

(“One of the Best Albums of 2017!” -Sing Out! Radio Magazine)

Rollin In My Sweet Baby’s Arms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SHK6Imghi0

http://www.windbornesingers.com

 

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Come sing your heart out with Wrexham’s Community Choir

Wrexham One World Community Choir is inviting new singers to join them for the start of the new term on Tuesday 12th September at local creative centre, Un Deg Un.

The choir has been meeting weekly as Wrexham Community Choir since it formed in 2012 and is open to everyone, regardless of age, experience or singing ability. There are no auditions, no need to read music – simply turn up and sing.

Musical Director, Carol Donaldson said “We are looking forward to welcoming new members to come and sing with us at our exciting new venue, Un Deg Un.  Most people are convinced they can’t sing but really everyone has a voice, they’re just too shy to use it!’.

Carol continues “Singing together builds confidence in your voice and you in a fun and safe way by singing in a large group. We create a fabulous group sounds , no solos and no reading music.  We learn all new songs by ear. We also have a lovely time, singing songs from around the globe, from Africa to Eastern Europe to traditional Welsh melodies. We sing to uplift and to soothe the soul . In our repertoire , we sing many songs of peace and in the tradition of the Community Choir movement, have a strong inclusive and humanitarian ethos .”

Carol Donaldson, is an accomplished choir leader, Musical Director and composer for music, theatre, television and radio. Her choir at Christie Hospital, the ‘Rhythm of Life” choir was featured recently on Gareth Malone’s BBC series The Choir and on BBC Breakfast.  Carol is also looking forward to leading a mass choir sing in Wrexham on 30th September when over 30 choirs will be singing together at the second Singing Street Festival in the town.

Wrexham One World Community Choir meets every Tuesdays from September 12th during term time from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in Un Deg Un, Regent Street, Wrexham (next door to Waterstones).

For more information contact info@wrexhamchoir.co.uk

Wrexham Community Choir MD, Carol Donaldson on Gareth Malone’s “The Choir” tonight with her Christie Hospital choir.

We’re looking forward to returning to choir tonight after the half term break and then rushing home to watch Gareth Malone’s The Choir on BBC2 which features our fabulous MD Carol Donaldson and her Christie Hospital ‘Rhythm of Life” choir. Join us tonight and be inspired by Carol at the Wrexham Methodist Church 7.30pm – 9.30pm.

 

WREXHAM COMMUNITY CHOIR STARTS NEW TERM ON TUESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER – NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME

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Wrexham Community Choir , a choir with over 100 members, is inviting new members to join when it returns for the new term on Tuesday 6th September. The choir has been meeting weekly since it formed in 2012 and is open to everyone, regardless of age, experience or singing ability – there are no auditions, no need to read music – simply turn up and sing.

Alongside weekly singing practices, Wrexham Community Choir  runs singing workshops and performs  at local events. In recent months they have sung at the Wrexham History Day, at the  50th anniversary of the closure of  Llay Main Colliery, collaborated on a singing project with local band Heal the Last Stand, travelled to Leicester to perform at the National Street Choir Festival and collaborated with the Coleridge in Wales arts tour.

Musical Director Carol Donaldson said “ Many people think they can’t sing but I believe everyone has a voice and singing together can help people gain confidence in using their voice plus there are the benefits of having fun, making new friends and having opportunities to get involved in other activities in Wrexham.  Wrexham Community Choir is open to all , from experienced singers to those who only sing in the shower and especially for those who have been told they can’t sing. We’re looking forward to a new term and have lots of exciting events coming up and hope people will continue to join us every week to sing their heart out , feel uplifted, improve their health and have fun singing in a large group.”

Carol Donaldson, an accomplished choir leader and composer for music, theatre, television and radio, is also looking forward to leading a mass choir sing in Wrexham on 24th September when over 25 choirs will be singing together in Queen’s Square to close the first Singing Street Festival in the town.

Carol continued “ Whilst I have conducted mass choirs in the past, including 1000 singers in Hebden Bridge in 2014, this will be the first time in my home town.  I’m delighted to be part of this exciting event  and look forward to conducting and hearing 600 voices resounding through Wrexham town centre on 24th  September”,

Wrexham Community Choir meets every Tuesdays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Wrexham Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome – from seasoned singers to terrified beginners. Email info@wrexhamchoir.co.uk for more information.

AMERICAN VOCAL ENSEMBLE, NORTHERN HARMONY return to WREXHAM ON 8th May

Wrexham Community Choir is delighted to welcome Northern Harmony , the unique world-music vocal ensemble from Vermont in the USA,  back to Wrexham for a singing workshop and concert on Sunday 8th May at Wrexham Methodist Church.

Since 1993, Northern Harmony has toured and performed widely throughout America and Europe to great critical acclaim. Their repertoire features songs and dances from South Africa,  American shape-note songs, quartet gospel and contemporary compositions and  traditional songs from Corsica and the Balkans. They have  a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres and their  vibrant performances continue to enthrall new and old audiences across the world.

Wendy Paintsil, Co-Founder of Wrexham Community Choir said “They have a world reputation and we are delighted that Northern Harmony has chosen Wrexham for their only performance in Wales on their European tour this year.”

Join Larry Gordon and Northern Harmony for a singing workshop including American shape-note singing, gospel, and South African songs. The Northern Harmony singers will support each vocal part, making the teaching easy and rewarding. No experience is necessary.

The workshop will be followed  by a concert of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel songs.

At the Wrexham Methodist Church, Regent Street, Wrexham – Sunday 8th May.  Workshop 2.30pm – 5pm, Concert 7.30pm. Cost Workshop £12, Concert £7. Combined Ticket £16.

UntitledTo reserve a ticket email info@wrexhamchoir.co.uk

 

Heal the Last Stand and Wrexham Community Choir perform in Wrexham tomorrow night

This Saturday , Wrexham band, Heal the Last Stand and Wrexham Community Choir will be performing at the Wrexham Methodist Church in Wrexham at 7.30pm.  This is a chance to hear Heal the Last Stand perform songs from their widely anticipated new album, Mighty River which is due to be released on December 1st .  The band will also perform some of their songs with 100 backing singers of all ages and experience from Wrexham Community Choir.. It’s guaranteed to be a magical night of harmony suitable for all ages.

Heal the Last Stand and the choir have been collaborating on a community singing project to celebrate the Wrexham Methodist Church Year of Arts in 2015.  The project, supported by the Methodist Church,  has seen the band adapt some of their songs for singing by a mass choir and the writing of a new song to celebrate the aims of the Year of Arts.

Tickets are only £5.00 and are available on the door.

Heal PosterAbout Heal the Last Stand

http://www.healthelaststand.com/ A blood-harmony band, influenced by 60/70’s west coast Folk/Americana. These counter culture aficionados echo the deep sentiments of the Summer of Love, with an ocean of harmony like Crosby, Stills & Nash meets First Aid Kit. Heal are three siblings and a close friend, four strong vocalists demonstrating effortless harmonic ability, accompanying themselves with piano and acoustic guitars. Heal have just  recorded a full studio album, set for release on 1st December 2015, which will feature additional musicians including for the first time, a rhythm section.

“Not only Wales’ finest, but quite simply the finest ensemble of harmony and melody that has ever graced this planet […] a group that never disappoints […] always fully loaded with integrity and cool. To lose Heal the last Stand from time and space would be the end of this world as we know it.” – AP Childs, ARTROCKER Online Magazine.

Headliners at Focus Wales Music Conference and Small World Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Heal’s single ‘The Gathering’ was play-listed on BBC Radio Wales.

BBC Radio Wales ‘Artist of the Week’

About Wrexham Community Choir

https://wxmchoir.wordpress.com/ Founded in 2012, Wrexham Community Choir is a vibrant,  open and friendly community choir for everyone in Wrexham and beyond who loves to sing.     Their Musical Director, Carol Donaldson, is an award winning composer and choir leader and is a natural voice practitioner. Wrexham Community Choir welcomes everyone aged 16+,  from terrified beginners to seasoned singers and everyone in between. There is no need to read music, no auditions, no solos  –  simply turn up and sing! There are no joining fees – you just pay as you go £3.00 full or £2.00 concessions and they meet  every Tuesday from 7.30pm -9.30pm at the Methodist Church, Regent Street, Wrexham.

“glorious choral harmonies … This is what a community choir should be – just about all the age groups covered and massive enthusiasm.”  Shaken Stir Online Magazine

 

Simply Soweto Encha set to delight audiences in Wrexham

A five-piece cappella group from South Africa, Simply Soweto Encha  are set to delight audiences in Wrexham next Tuesday with their mesmerising harmonies, unique rhythms and enchanting  a cappella sounds from Soweto.  Invited by Wrexham Community Choir with support from the Arts Council’s Night Out Scheme, the group will perform at the Wrexham Methodist Church, Regent Street on Tuesday 6th October at 8.00pm.

Simply Soweto Encha celebrate South African oral and dance traditions by performing Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana and Swahili songs. The members of the group are Dumi, Jabu, Morgan, Lwazi, and Sibu who  all grew up in the South African township of Soweto . They have toured extensively across the UK and have received great reviews and a number of awards for performances at the Edinburgh Festival, Buxton Fringe, Brighton Fringe and the  Birmingham Festival

Wendy Paintsil of Wrexham Community Choir says “  With great music, inspirational harmonies and fabulous dance, Simply Soweto Encha’s performances are irresistible and we hope people will come to the show, be dazzled by their talent and be part of a infectiously feel-good experience for all ages.”

Simply Soweto Encha will perform at the Wrexham Methodist Church, Regent Street on Tuesday 6th October  at 8pm.  There is also a singing workshop at 6.30pm .  Tickets are £10.00 full, £8.00 concessions, £5.00 children (including admission to the workshop) .

10948906-largeTickets available on the door or to book, call 01978  354706 or email info@wrexhamchoir,co.uk

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Simply Soweto Encha  – http://simplysowetoencha.com/index.html

Wrexham Community Choir is delighted to welcome the fabulous Simply Soweto Encha to Wrexham on 6th October for a singing workshop and performance at the Wrexham Methodist Church

Simply Soweto Encha are a five-piece a cappella group that sing gospel, soul, jazz, doo-wop, and R’n’B both in African and popular styles. In their shows, Simply Soweto Encha celebrate South African oral and dance traditions by performing Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana and Swahili songs.

Dumi, Jabu, Morgan, Lwazi, and Sbu come from the South African township of Soweto and their performances have been awarded with numerous awards, including the Spirit of Edinburgh & Buxton Fringe, Brighton Fringe Best Performance, Trigon Jazz Festival Best Vocal Group and The Show of 2014 Birmingham Festival.

Unmissable!

Tickets prices £10.00 full, £8.00 concessions, £5.00 children email info@wrexhamchoir.co.uk to book tickets. Starts 6.30pm

This event is supported by the Art Council of Wales Night Out Scheme)

‘Outstanding Show’ [Fringe Review] Brighton Fringe
This show is outstanding. Near the beginning they sing of victory, and this production is just that – a victory. It’s a winning performance because all five performers are not only of the highest quality as singers, but also with their own expressed charisma, able to range tenderness, intensity right across to light comedy and physical clowning

‘5 star Awe-inspiring’ [Public Reviews] Birmingham Fest
Simply Soweto Encha takes you on a journey like no other. You will dance, you will laugh, you will cry, but most of all you will thoroughly enjoy every minute. Impeccably timed claps and stomps set the beat and with the action no more than three feet away from us at any given time their sounds vibrate through the audience and take our breath away. A true sound sensation you don’t want to miss.

‘5 star review’ [Edinburgh Reporter] Edinburgh Fringe
This show is slick but retains a freshness and sincerity that keep the audience engaged throughout. The energy of the expertly choreographed dancing is stunning (…) they keep up the singing without missing a beata7d5418836-Simply Soweto Encha - The Journey

Community Singing Project begins tonight with Heal the Last Stand and Wrexham Community Choir. Open to everyone.

12016482_10153744782577652_1415254724_nWrexham Community Choir will begin an exciting new community singing project tonight with  Heal the Last Stand.  Members of  Heal the Last Stand will join Wrexham Community Choir practices over the next few weeks to teach  choir members songs from their widely anticipated new album.  The two groups will come together for a live performance at the Wrexham Methodist Church on 7th November.  Wrexham Community Choir meets every Tuesday evening at the Wrexham Methodist Church from  7.30pm – 9.30pm  and is open to everyone.  Fee £3.00 (full) and £2.00 (concession

The project is supported by the Wrexham Methodist Church Arts Space

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The fabulous “Heal the Last Stand” sing “One” with their 100+ backing singers – Wrexham Community Choir

Joey Dickenson of Heal the Last Stand said “We always love singing with Wrexham Community Choir and are looking forward to this new project.  This is a great way for us to work with our audience and to sing in harmony with such a large group of people. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your musical influences are: we hope people will just turn up and sing.”

 

Wrexham Community Choir and Heal the Last Stand to collaborate on a community singing project in Wrexham

Wrexham Community Choir and Wrexham band, Heal the Last Stand, will launch a new community singing project next week in Wrexham.  The project will see Heal the Last Stand working with the choir on songs from their widely anticipated new album and the composition of  a new song with the choir’s MD, Carol Donaldson. The two groups will come together for a live performance at the Wrexham Methodist Church on 7th November.

The fabulous "Heal the Last Stand" sing "One" with their 100+ backing singers - Wrexham Community Choir
The fabulous “Heal the Last Stand” sing “One” with their 100+ backing singers – Wrexham Community Choir

Joey Dickenson of Heal the Last Stand said “We always love singing with Wrexham Community Choir and are looking forward to this new project.  This is a great way for us to work with our audience and to sing in harmony with such a large group of people. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your musical influences are: we hope people will just turn up and sing.”

The project is supported by the Wrexham Methodist Church who in 2015 have celebrated the arts in Wrexham with a number of projects including the acclaimed Heaven and Art exhibition.

Musical Director, Carol Donaldson said “  We are grateful to the support of the Wrexham Methodist Church and are very excited to work with Heal the Last Stand again. They’re incredible musicians and the harmonies in their songs are perfect for a choir.  We hope this new singing project will encourage people who have been hesitant about joining a choir to take the first step and come and get involved”.

Wrexham Community Choir meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Wrexham Methodist Church and is open to everyone from terrified beginners to seasoned singers.  There are no auditions, no need to read music and no solos. Cost is £3.00 (full) £2.00 concessions. The Choir is also looking forward to singing in Brymbo on September 27th to commemorate 25 years since the closure of the Steelworks and to a singing workshop and a performance from South Africa’s Simply Soweto Encha on 6th October.

For more information email info@wrexhamchoir.co.uk