Hi everybody,

The sun is shining (on and off), and the choir is thriving. Through thick and thin the choir has carried on with virtual rehearsals on alternate Thursdays and the other week as a social fun and relaxed singalong with Paul. We are all well but wanting to get together and sing. Unfortunately, this looks like some while yet and as much as most have had one or both jabs, it is still unsure how long before we see the true effect of the vaccination programme.

It is frightening to see so many people thinking the virus has been quelled and with the relaxed covid rules there are some who are out and about with little or no regard for social distancing that is supposedly still in force. Often you hear that this group is only a minority but when driving through Hull city on a school run I believe it to be a very large minority!!!

Please continue to take care and we hope to see you in a safe environment at some time in the future.

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

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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.

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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