An enchanting beginning to the festive season with community choir …
River Voice Community Choir is taking on a new challenge for its Christmas Concert this year. The performance is a big step change for the choir in that, apart from the congregational hymns, every piece will be performed a cappella – there will be no musical accompaniment.
Many choirs shrink from singing without accompaniment as it can leave singers feeling very vulnerable and subject to pitching problems. Additional funding received this term from the Red Nose Foundation enabled the choir to have extra rehearsal sessions, which supported members in the development of stronger aural and vocal skills across the group.
The choir aim to make music accessible to everyone and have a number of visually impaired members who take an active role in the group, including Choir Chair, Claire J Frewin, who explains: “We learn orally if we can’t access the score, as we are still able to hear what’s written. It’s actually a very quick way of learning as it’s relative straight away. I do try and look at the music when I can, but my head will be down using my magnifier and it’s much better for your posture to be standing upright and singing out. So automatically it’s better for learning, speed of learning, for posture and projection.”
Fellow visually impaired choir member, Michelle Bunce added: “I wasn’t sure choir singing would be my thing, but I’ve learnt so much, it’s been amazing, I didn’t go to the first rehearsal with many expectations and I can’t explain why it gripped me; a combination I think, of the people and the passion, and the interaction. Tania makes the difficult things easy, almost, dare I say it. Although we look at it and think, yeah, that’s really hard, she encourages you to have a go. She’s given me a lot more confidence in singing – she sorted out my breathing. I had no idea how to breath or anything. I love the camaraderie; we have so much fun doing it and it makes the learning easy. I can feel how I’ve improved my singing and my confidence generally.”
Musical Director, Tania Holland, says: “The idea for a choir that would cater for people with and without visual impairment emerged following a large scale community opera project called Element Beyond Gravity.
“This was a new work devised specifically in response to Chatham Historic Dockyard and which brought together singers from across North Kent including a number of people with low or no vision.
“At the end of this project it was clear that many people taking part were keen to continue to make music together. So I applied to Medway Council for a small grant to trial a new singing group that would be accessible to all adults, regardless of ability to read music, and out of this short project a small group of singers went on to form the nucleus of the choir and to themselves lead the group into its current not-for-profit community group status.”
The concert will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 3.30pm in the St.George’s Centre, Dock Road, Chatham. Entry is free, although donations to help sustain the choir would be welcome – there will also be a raffle and refreshments.
Modify a Corset the Steampunk Way
Sunday 6th October 2013
10.30 – 4.30pm
161, Rochester High Street ME2 4TH
Brought to you by Great Kentspectations
the Kent Steampunk group
A practical course suitable for beginners who may know how to sew but have no costume corset-making experience, to those who wear their corsets on the outside and want to modify one they have purchased. Women and men are welcome, all ages down to 15 years. Here you will investigate corset design and construction, and get yourself measured, (noone else will get to see your measurements). You can design your own or modify an existing corset.
Each participant will have their own reason for coming and we hope that you will leave overflowing with ideas as to how you can make and modify your own corset in a unique fashion. Everyone is welcome: you do not have to be a steampunk.
If you already have a corset please bring that along. If you have any old or historical corsets we would love to see them. Please do not purchase anything before talking to the course tutor. She will give you guidance on where to go and what materials are the most suitable for your own design. Please download the separate ‘What to Bring’ page from: http://greatkentspectations.co.uk/.
Tea and cake will be provided; bring or buy your own lunch.
The course will take place on the first floor of the building. If you cannot manage stairs please note this on your booking form (at least 5 days notice to enable access to be arranged).
161 High Street is at the railway station end of the High Street. It used to be a bank and still looks like one. There is a large sign outside. http://goo.gl/maps/a2R2d There are many car-parks within a short walking distance and Rochester train station is a few minutes walk away.
Applications will be accepted, with £5 non-returnable deposit, after 14th August. Complete payment on the day (total cost including deposit £20).
Frances is the course organiser. She has been making and wearing authentic-style outfits for more years than she wishes made public and has over 20 years experience of giving costume talks and workshops to the public. She will bring a selection of original and reproduction corsets from Victorian times (1860’s) to the early 20th century. There will be pictures, slides, patterns, discussions and practical work tailored to suit each individual.
Please ask in advance if you have any questions. Contact Frances:
GKcorsetcourse@gmail.com or via:
Do you enjoy using your hands to create something new and unique? Would you like to try out your artistic side, or have a go at something different?
Local artist Sam Holland will guide you through the ways to design and create a sculpture out of black wax in an informal, relaxed and supportive atmosphere at a truly inspirational location.
Three sessions starting Wednesday 5 June 2013, 6pm – 8.30pm The University of Kent School of Art, Historic Dockyard, Chatham
A free course for adult learners
Early booking is recommended, contact Mary Murison:
T: 01634 583536
This event is part of Skyline, a project to build a sculpture at Brompton Academy http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/skyline/
A wonderful collection of prints by Heather Haythornthwaite, Dianne Reeves, Bev Burgess, Sue Maddocks, Louise Norfolk and Francis Bray are on display at Cafe Moroc, 365 Rochester High Street (half way between Chatham and Rochester) from 17th May to 13th June 2013.
Please note: This place does awesome food!
The 4 artists group present their exhibition “Picture This” as part of the Minster Abbey May Fair on the 25th May 2013. They will be under the Gatehouse Arch from 10am to 2pm.
The clinic will be open in Chatham on May the 19th 2013. Book at www.survived.eventbrite.co.uk
A unique theatre experience is taking place at Sun Pier House, Chatham, on the 19th May.
Entitled “Survived”, the event is described as “site responsive interactive theatre”, which means you as the audience get to walk around the performance taking place throughout the building, and engage with the performers.
Set in the distant present, Survived is a clinic for people who have survived a nuclear explosion and need treatment for their radiation poisoning caused by fallout. You, the visitor, are in this case, the patient needing help.
This is the perfect opportunity to see how empty space can be used for unique types of theatre, as well as an example of collaboration within the community. The event is aimed to be inspiring and educational.
Expect gas masks, steampunk and bizarre medical instruments.
Survival wear is optional.
There are two clinics, one at 7.30pm and one at 8.30pm. Each clinic lasts 45 minutes.
Tickets cost £5 and must be pre-booked at www.survived.eventbrite.co.uk
Disabled access disclaimer: Unfortunately, due to the current nature of the building in use, we are unable to provide access to this event for the disabled.