2021 Autumn Concert

Baroque Idols

Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 7:30 PM
High Cross Church, Camberley

Tickets are available on the door

Ticket sales will close on Friday before the Concert

featuring
Vivaldi: Gloria
Purcell: Funeral Sentences
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MD: Ed Bonner
Organ: Geoff Tuson

Eleanor Meynell – Soprano
Leonora Dawson-Bowling – Mezzo
William Johnson Davies – Tenor
Julian Charles Debreuil – Baritone

Download the poster for this concert



Come and Sing

Our Come and Sing on September 4th, 2021 was a great success.

50 members and guests attended and we rehearsed and sang much of the Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man”.

Our thanks to Ed and Geoff and to everyone who turned out to sing again after so long


Better is peace than always war
And better is peace than evermore war
Always war, always war
Better is peace than evermore war
And better and better is peace

L’homme armé doit on douter?

Better is peace than always war
And better is peace than evermore war
Always war, always war
Better is peace than evermore war
And better and better is peace

Ring, ring, ring, ring
Ring, ring, ring, ring!
Ring out the thousand wars of old
Ring in the thousand years of peace
Ring out the old, ring in the new
Ring happy bells across the snow
The year is going, let him go
The year is going, let him go

Ring out the false, ring in the new
Ring out old shapes of foul disease
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old
Ring in the thousand years of peace
Ring in the valiant man and free
The larger heart, the kindlier hand
Ring out the darkness of the land
Ring in the Christ that is to be
The year is going; let him go
The year is going; let him go
Ring out the false, ring in the true
Ring, ring, ring, ring
Ring, ring, ring, ring!

God shall wipe away all tears
And there shall be no more death,
Neither sorrow nor crying,
Neither shall there be anymore pain.


Songs in the Park – Sunday 8 August

We held a free event at Frimley Lodge Park on Sunday, 8th August, called ‘Songs in the Park’ which was led by Ed, accompanied by Geoff.   

The idea was to have an informal and fun singing session of light music, so that members could meet to enjoy singing together again, prior to our Come&Sing workshop on 4th September and the beginning of term.  We convened in the Flourish Community Garden at 2.30pmBelow are two photos

Glow at RHS Wisley

A group of intrepid singers from Surrey Heath Singers were invited by RHS to sing carols at the sold-out Glow event at RHS Wisley Gardens.

We gathered at 4:30 pm and set up our stall near the cafe. Ed Bonner conducted us in a selection of carols and the public flocked (in a socially-distanced way) to hear us. We sang 3 sets and closed by 7:00 pm.


Restarting choir

From our Chairman – Keith

I do hope you are all keeping safe and well. Things are starting to open up a little now and you will be interested to hear that your SHS Committee met on Thursday 27th September in a Covid-compliant pub for the first time. This illustrates the way the rules are. We can meet in a Covid-compliant premises but not in a private house. This seems a bit odd but in reality, it makes sense. It also illustrates the route we will be taking to get you all together in a large (Covid-compliant) space following the same rules.

We have spent a lot of time examining the latest information and you may like to take a look at the following links to see the latest thinking.
CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE
So potentially we can get back together but there are a lot of hoops to jump through. Even if we get together, singing will have to be carefully controlled at low volume levels and maybe with facemasks.

At present many venues, including High Cross, have decided to be cautious in reopening. It is not only SHS that has to follow new rules, we also need the venue where we meet to give us assurances concerning their compliance with the rules. At present we have not been able to get everything in place and so we cannot meet on 7 September or on any other rehearsal day yet. We are looking to see how we can arrange to get together as soon as possible and we will let you know as soon as we can.

In the meantime, our Membership Secretary will be sending some initial details to you concerning risk assessment and compliance details that we need to get in hand before we can get started. A small team from the committee is also working on getting some sort of online activity going and we will give you more details about this as it is developed.

You will be pleased to hear that our long running lack of a Secretary has now been solved. Colin Gunner has agreed to return to this role. Colin is a very competent and experienced individual with a positive and friendly approach. I am relieved that there is someone to help with the AGM when it can finally go ahead. I welcome Colin back and wish him well in for the future.
Keith – Chairman SHS


Although we were able to meet in October, Lockdown 2.0 has meant a suspension of singing rehearsals again. We will, however, be meeting on Zoom on Monday evenings. Details are available from our Chairman or Membership Secretary.