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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

Cathedral Classics II

Yes, just when you thought it was safe to go back to the vestry, the Dorian Singers present a second selection of glorious sacred choral works ranging in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. There really is something to meet every taste from Tallis to Taverner, Byrd to Britten. How can you resist?

Summer is coming …

… it’s official – it must be, because rehearsals have started for our summer concerts!

A big shout-out to our friends at Stowmarket Chorale, 15 of whom came to our first rehearsal of the new term last night. We went through the whole of Captain Noah and Songs of the Fleet and are thoroughly enjoying working on them. We are looking forward to a great three months of work culminating in two sensational concerts!

Not Petite, Not Solonnelle ..

In a special event to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death,
The Dorian Singers under their musical director Alan Loader will perform
Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. This is the best known sacred work of a composer
much better known for his operas such as The Barber of Seville and William Tell.

Despite its title, Rossini’s take on the Mass is neither small nor solemn.
Originally scored for singers plus organ and harmonium, this performance
will be accompanied by renowned concert pianist Marina Korneva
and well-known organist Andrew Leach.

Proceeds are in aid of Alzheimers Research UK
www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

Tickets: £12 from The Card Centre, 6 Hamilton Rd, Felixstowe. Tel: 01394 283170
and from choir members or at the door
Saturday 24 March at 7.30 pm.
St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s Road, Felixstowe

The Dorian Singers are proud to have the support of the
East of England Co-operative Society
who will be providing light refreshments in the interval.

Singing into Spring

Our Chairman writes …

Rehearsals start on Wednesday 10th January for our Spring concert on 24th March. Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solonelle” will be a first for us and I’m sure that it will prove to be a really great sing! We would like more tenors and basses so if you’d like to have a go please join us on Wednesday. All details of our rehearsal venue are on our web page. Look forward to seeing ALL our regulars and maybe some new faces. Happy New Year to all.