The first rehearsal for this year’s Bury Festival Global Folk community choir took place on Monday.
It is wonderful to be getting together again with so many people who have sung in the community choir before, and work with musical director Paul Bartholomew.
Paul said the wonderful Mbawula was no more, but he was now organising community choir projects covering folk songs from all over the world – most of them sung in English rather than a selection of African languages, which made life easier.
The arrangements are in four-part harmony, with a tremendous variety of songs, from sea shanties (Haul Away Joe) to slave songs (No More Auction Block for Me). Next week we will be practising one of our African favourites, Shosholoza, the informal ‘anthem’ of South Africa.
More singers are needed for the choir, especially men. But, unusually, the sopranos were well outnumbered by altos, so sopranos are very welcome too. There are four more rehearsals, all on Monday evenings except during Bank Holiday week, when the rehearsal will be on a Thursday.
Rehearsals are held at The Apex from 7.30-9.30pm. There will also be a rehearsal on the day of the performance, Saturday, May 16 – time to be confirmed. If you are interested in joining the choir, contact Grace Cobbold, Events Officer on 01284 758133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t want to sing, come along and hear us. It will be a joyful experience!
This weekend, there will be an early celebration of St George’s Day. Morris sides will be meeting at the Rose and Crown in Hundon with dancing from about 12.30pm.
This is usually a fantastically colourful event with dancing in many different styles, from Cotswold morris to Border or North West Clog dancing.
A review of the pub on TripAdvisor says: ‘The Landlord and his wife offer a great warm welcome. The real ale is exceptionally well kept. Well worth a visit when in the area.’ Be prepared to queue for a drink on this day though, as morris dancers are thirsty!
-- Gayle Wade
Having spent a fabulous night on Saturday at final of the folk writing competition, it is very obvious that fantastic music is one of the staples of the nightlife in Bury St
Edmunds. We are really lucky to have such wonderful talent with a wide range of musicians offering new and original songs, so even if you’ve missed some of the earlier stages try and get along to see some of the finalists. Some of those finalists appearing locally this week include The Larks and The Tin Heart Troubadours.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
Constitutional Club, Bury: Kevin Dempsey & Harriet Bartlett will be supported by the Lizzy Smith Band.
Lamb Hotel, Ely: Romy Gensale, 6.30– 9.30pm.
The Red Lion, Caston:
The Trio, 8.30pm start.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Wattisfield Village Centre: Terence Blacker and Something Happened in Wattisfield perform their show, A Touch of Class, 7.30pm. Classics of bluegrass and folk, little-known music-hall numbers, western swing and jazz, and the occasional number of their own.
The Liberty Bell Micro Pub, Forehill, Ely: Romy Glendale is making another weekend appearance.
MONDAY, APRIL 19
The Dove, Bury: Traditional folk music andsongs. 8pm.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20
The Griffin, Isleham: open mic
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
Oakes Barn, Bury: The Larks (songwriting competition finalist) are playing all evening.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Constitutional Club, Bury: Milkmaid Folk Club, Sarah McQuaid supported by Hannah Sanders.