The Withernsea Ladies’ Choir are extremely disappointed that it is still not safe or advisable to be able to sing together as a group and share our music and songs with you in live concerts and events. We last sang together at The Withernsea High School with the Manchester Camerata back in March. It was a wonderful concert and together with the orchestra and school children, the choir enjoyed all the singing and orchestral works but also the enthusiasm and creativity of the local care home residents under the guiding eye and hand of Janet Fulton aided from members of the choir. The event clearly demonstrated how the physical and emotional benefits of singing can aid people suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or physical disabilities. Equally, our own choir members’ wellbeing is enhanced by socialising and singing together as a virtual group in an environment that provides a joyful and fun experience. The choir has been rehearsing continuously, albeit through Zoom meetings, since the lockdown began and are learning new works in readiness for the time when they can perform again in concert. Now, rehearsing alternate weeks with Manchester Camerata led by Richard Taylor, Janet Fulton, and the orchestral players, the ladies have formed the backbone of a new virtual singing project, Unlocked Voices. The project name was suggested by members and workshops have started this September. We are working on words, ideas, and music composed with Richard and get to meet and hear professional musicians from Manchester Camerata. “Unlocked Voices,” the new name suggested by the members, is up and running and we are working on words, ideas, and music composed by Richard. You too can join and no musical experience is needed, although maybe a saucepan and wooden spoon for kitchen samba, and a willingness to combine ideas. The result will be a new piece of music to tell the world about life in the town since COVID-19, which has affected everybody in different ways. It will be recorded by the orchestra and everyone taking part and we hope to perform it live with the Camerata when we can.
It is free to be part of this exciting, fun group and in a safe virtual space and privacy of your home. Anybody interested in being part of this project can book to get the workshop’s zoom details on Eventbrite by searching Unlocked Voices.

The full link is:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unlocked-voices-a-call-out-to-residents-in-withernsea-tickets-119602625673?aff=ebdssbeac.

You can also contact:• the Arts team email

arts.development@eastriding.gov.uk

or search for Classically Yours on Facebook / twitter

Active Withernsea through Facebook / twitter

You will be pleased to know we have still been singing through virtual rehearsals every week and now with the help of Active Withernsea, Manchester Camerata and Orchestra live YOU could join us.

Are you fed up of being stuck at home and want to meet new people? Share your lockdown story and try something creative? Join our virtual choir project with Active Withernsea, Manchester Camerata orchestra and Orchestra Live to create something special about lockdown life in Withernsea and share it with our amazing community.

To register for an online taster workshop message the page or email:-active.withersea@eastriding.gov.uk

Click HERE to see how you could enjoy a taster session with Active Withernsea, The Manchester Camerata, Orchestra Live, and The Withernsea Ladies Choir.

Photo courtesy of David Roberts, Moonstone Photographic

Withernsea Ladies’ Choir with The Manchester Camerata – March 2020

The Withernsea Ladies Choir joined forces with The Manchester Camerata Orchestra on Thursday, 12th March at Withernsea High School. The orchestra, conducted by Robert Guy, opened the programme with Debussy’s  Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, then Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite followed by Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the latter being very much appreciated by the hundred-plus school children present.

The children spent some time being quizzed by Robert as to “what is the instrument?” which led to some amusing answers. They were then accompanied by the orchestra to a newly commissioned work – “Bluebeard of Withernsea” by Kate Pearson. Kate has been working with the schools in devising the concept with a twist then orchestrating and leading the children. It was a mammoth task but what a wonderful outcome to months of hard work.

Finally, the ladies’ choir sang “Pictures of the Mind” which had been written and composed by residents from local care homes, then orchestrated by Richard Taylor and Janet Fulton. It is based on the residents’ reminiscences and tunes which they worked on with members of the Camerata, Janet, Lynn and some of the Withernsea Ladies. Interaction with musical instruments encourages the residents’ creativity and involvement and three movements were entirely performed on percussion, including broomsticks, by very enthusiastic and agile residents. They loved performing with the orchestra and included their own verbal appreciation throughout their pieces. The Withernsea Ladies’ Choir gave a very polished performance of the remaining five movements and all eighteen ladies looked very elegant in their performance outfits.

WLC ladies 1 Camerata concert 2020

Recording of Phil White and Patrick Pearson courtesy of BBC Radio Humberside – March 2020

Next Event – INDEFINITELY POSTPONED

WLC Spring Concert – on Saturday 21st March 2020 at 2:00 pm at The Meridian Centre.

In view of the Coronavirus situation, we feel it is our responsibility to safeguard our choir, guest and audience members and therefore postpone this coming Saturday’s concert. 21st March 2020

Recording of Phil White and Patrick Pearson courtesy of BBC Radio Humberside – March 2020

Withernsea Ladies Choir 2019 xmas (2)

Photo courtesy of Terry Bearpark

The Christmas concert Saturday 7th December 2019

What an absolute blast…
The Ladies excelled themselves at this afternoon’s Christmas concert at The Meridian Centre with Phil White of BBC Radio Humberside compering the show, bringing his own special brand of humor and presentation.
The choir sang, played, and read Christmas poems and sketches. Phil White acted out as Father Christmas in a sketch with Jean Carter as a disgruntled elf, he also read a fun poem and, displayed his skills with the kazoo whilst dueting or should I say, duelling, with Patrick on the musical saw. Paul Pike, pianist for the group, composed descants and a lovely version of the drummer boy with Elizabeth Woollias accompanying on the drums and sleigh bells. Christine McLaren read out an amusing poem “I Won’t be Home for Christmas” which she had written herself.
A packed house was enthralled by the choice of music which included amusing versions of “The Twelve days after Christmas” and “No time to Diet” as well as their chance to join in with the choir with traditional carols and Christmas favourites.
“Best we’ve ever heard the choir…” “Superb singing…” ” Have had the most enjoyable time this afternoon…” just some of the comments from the audience as they left, happily humming “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” Patricia Watkinson, president, thanked all those for taking part and especially to The Big Local, The Lions and the Buffs who support the choir, and to the local businesses who donated prizes towards the raffle and of course to our loyal followers, the audience. A great big thank you went to Phil White for his time today.
Well done everybody

Withernsea Ladies Choir June 2019

Photo courtesy of Terry Bearpark

Summer Concert 29th June 2019  The Withernsea Ladies do it again… A wonderful concert to a warm… enthusiastic audience. Today’s guest, Andrew Wells, had audience and choir alike in stitches (of laughter) with his own compositions played on guitar, and humorous lyrics of folk tales from around the area. Patrington Fire Brigade had a complete song to themselves and I particularly liked his song regarding losing his land (due to erosion) to the Dutch. We will welcome him back.
The ladies excelled themselves with some tricky part songs and very soulful pieces which were tenderly sung. Lynn Massey-Davies sang the solo of Summertime with great feeling and clarity and Linda Beever gently sang the opening solo to The Lord Bless You. Thank you to a lovely audience who joined in and sang with gusto… you’ve all earned a place in the choir.

Spring Concert 30th March 2019

Another fantastic concert by The Withernsea Ladies Choir with Paul Pike on the keyboard and Patrick Pearson conducting at The Meridian Center. The March Family Ensemble playing as a quintet played a series of tangos and then accompanied the choir in beautiful arrangements of “Sunset Sunrise” and a rousing chorus of “Oom Pah Pah” We hope our guests return again.

The-March-Family

Please note our next special concert “90th Anniversary Concert” on Saturday 23rd June 2018 at 2:00pm will be at

The Meridian Centre, 201 Queen Street, Withernsea, HU19 2HH –

Tickets on sale in advance and on the day at the door.

Choir Group Photo

March 24th 2018. What a fantastic concert.

The ladies wowed and entertained a full house at The Methodist Church community rooms, Withernsea.  Singing a varied selection of music from Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, West Side Story and others, the audience was encouraged to participate on occasion whistling along to “A Happy Tune” and  joining the choir with “Danny Boy.”

The Parisi Quartet played two sets of beautiful arrangements, including JS Bach, The King and I, Oklahoma and a Beatles medley.

It’s the choir’s 90th anniversary this year and they’ve already started celebrating. At the beginning of March they sang with The Manchester Camerata orchestra at The Meridian Centre and hit the headlines in The Gazette and on air with BBC Humberside. The concert was varied, entertaining and fun throughout.

The next big concert is scheduled for Saturday, 23rd June 2018 at 2:00pm 

The Meridian Centre, Queen Street, Withernsea, HU19 2HH

The Parisi Quartet

The Parisi Quartet