Christmas is Coming

It’s all getting very real for us now! The Christmas concert will be at the United Reformed Church in Orwell Road, Felixstowe at 7.30 pm on Saturday 11th December.

Get your tickets from the Card Centre, Hamilton Road (01394 283170) or at the door.

December 2021

… And the light is back on!

Yes! Rehearsals will start again next week – Wednesday 15th September, at 7.15 pm at Trimley St Martin School.

We will be working towards our Christmas concert, which will feature Poulenc’s “Gloria”, with Julie Roberts as soloist, and a programme of familiar Christmas carols to get everybody singing.

Please come and join us, we’ve missed you!

… the light at the end of the tunnel has been switched off (temporarily)

We had pinned our hopes on the “Road Map”. We were deep into preparation for a concert – our 40th Anniversary Concert, no less – and the government dropped its bombshell.

Twenty four hours after the country had moved into Step 3, with its promise of being able to meet in person, the government announced that, despite the regulations telling us that “Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen” – that meant everyone except amateur choirs.

Are we upset? Yes. Are we angry? Yes.

Our local Members of Parliament have been bombarded with our expressions of displeasure and have replied only with the most anodyne of pre-prepared statements.

But you can’t keep the Dorian Singers down. We are re-scheduling the concert for September – Saturday 25th September, to be precise. Obviously, this could change again – we’re keeping a very close eye on the regulations as they change, even though it’s like trying to nail jelly to a wall. We are determined, though, that we will celebrate our 40th Anniversary, and in style.

If you are interested, this was the official response from the MP for Suffolk Coastal:

As you will be aware, an amateur choir of up to 6 people can now sing indoors and outdoors amateur singers can perform or rehearse in groups of 30.

I recognise that you may wish to see this number rise or to allow activities to take place with multiple permitted groups and I understand that this updated guidance may be disappointing. As you may appreciate, the Government is taking decisions based on the advice of public health experts. There is strong public scientific evidence indicating that singing loudly increases aerosol and thus increases the risk of coronavirus transmission, particularly indoors.

A New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) assessment of transmission of Covid-19 in singing and music events found evidence to suggest that singing can produce more aerosols than normal talking or breathing. Singing for any appreciable amount of time therefore may present a risk for the creation of infectious aerosols and allow for infection transmission.

As with any activity, the cumulative effect of aerosol transmission means that the more people are involved, the higher the risk of transmission. Therefore, it is important to limit the total number of individuals involved in singing as far as possible and reduce the possibility of large-scale transmission events.

Yours sincerely,

Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP

Suffolk Coastal

Urgent Update – Spring Concert Cancelled

In view of the grave situation regarding coronavirus, we have taken, with heavy hearts, the necessary decision to cancel the planned Spring Concert. Our sincerest apologies to everyone ewho is disappointed by our decision, but in the light of the Government’s lates advice we felt it to be inevitable. We will advise those of you who have bought tickets as soon as possible. Until we meet again, keep well.

Spring in Paris and Vienna!

We are absolutely thrilled, this term, to be performing Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” at our Spring Concert on Saturday 28 March.  If you are expecting something that sounds “churchy” then you’re in for a surprise.   Although a man of deep faith, Poulenc’s hymn to the glory of God takes on the most modern of idioms.  The soprano solo passages, which will be sung for us by Gill Wilson,  are nevertheless redolent with ethereal beauty.

And not only this!  We are also performing two movements from Mozart’s “Vesperes solemnes de confessore”, one of which is the famous “Laudate dominum”, again a great showcase for the soprano voice.  Added to these will be Faure’s “Messe Basse” (“Low Mass”) for women’s voices,  and Haydn’s operatic “Insanae et vanae curae”, and the outcome is a real treat of really eclectic sacred music.

The concert will be at at St Andrew’s, Felixstowe, starting at 7.30 pm.

A Christmas Cracker!

Yes, it’s getting closer!  Our feast of Christmas goodies will take place this year on Wednesday, 11th December at Trinity Methodist Church.  We are serving up seasonal favourites old and new, plus a joyous sound from our extra special guests “Drum and Brass”.  Something for everyone!

“Danke”

What a beautiful evening we had with our friends from Wesel. Making music together was really special for us, and we hope had a profound affect on our audience too.  In changing and challenging times, it was good to know that our friendship remains and flourishes.  Auf Wiedersehen – until we meet again!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! “In Perfect Harmony”

Announcing a unique event in October, an unbelievably exciting addition to our autumn/winter programme.

This October, The Dorian Singers and the Choir of the Städtischer Musikverein, from our twin town,  Wesel in Germany,  join forces in this FREE concert to celebrate 40 years of the twinning programme between Felixstowe and Wesel.  The concert will be at St John’s Church, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, on Saturday 19th October.   Please note the early starting time of 6pm.

Featuring the Dorian Singers and our very special guests, plus the talents of William Baldry (organ) and Alan Loader and Marina Korneva (piano duet).  Plus vocal soloists .

There will be a retiring collection to cover expenses.

“But I submit, m’lud, with all submission…”

Rehearsals for this summer’s concert are really hotting up!

At present, though, the Judge, the Usher and Learned Counsel are still in mufti, due to an outbreak of robelessness among the higher orders. Is there anyone out there who is able and willing to lend three black academic or ministers’ gowns? We guarantee to treat them with utmost respect and hand them back in the state in which they were lent. Thank you ever so much.   PS – and has anyone seen any wigs flying about?