THE MILITARY WIVES CHOIR
7.30pm WEDNESDAY 11th APRIL
The Yeovilton Military Wives Choir formed in September 2012 as a result of the outstanding success of the original Military Wives Choirs from Chivenor and Plymouth, made famous through the BBC TV programme with Gareth Malone.
The Choir consists of military wives, Service women, mums and girlfriends and sings a wide range of musical genres.
2018 will be a special year for the Choir as it marks the centenary of the end of World War 1. The Choir will be joining other Military Wives Choirs in a special commemorative project to create an album with Remembrance at its heart.
A merry band of musicians performing Medieval and Renaissance music on handmade reproduction instruments
7.30pm SATURDAY 19th MAY
Sine Nomine perform regularly around South Somerset, East Devon and West Dorset and specialize in ‘early’ music both sung and played on period instruments. Founded over thirty years ago and based in Crewkerne and the surrounding villages, Sine Nomine comprises of local musicians. Their instruments are introduced during the performance and they are happy to demonstrate the techniques of playing and occasionally invite their audience to ‘have a go’.
Their current line-up includes:
Cilla Caswell – flute and recorder specialist, who teaches in several local schools. Cilla is an alto who also plays in the Fiddlestix Folk Group.
Alison Cruickshank – soprano, recorder and lower string specialist. Alison, a lawyer by profession, regularly sings in local church choirs and with choirs that regularly sing cathedral services far and wide.
Barbara Dale – upper string and recorder specialist who teaches in Crewkerne. Barbara leads other local orchestras and string groups. She also plays the serpent and harp.
John Dale – double reed specialist, organist and bass, Church organist at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Chard.
Paul Gould – upper string and lower-wind specialist. A regular performer in local orchestras and choirs. An excellent tenor and violinist.
Mark Westwood – a teacher and an able and experienced orchestral musician and singer. Mark plays a wide variety of early instruments; he is also the conductor of Allington Strings, a local orchestra.
COLOURS OF THE ORGAN
2.30pm SATURDAY 19th MAY
The Colours of the Organ is an informal demonstration of the sounds and workings of the very fine instrument in Norton Church by the Organist and Choir Master Chris Denman. He will be playing some familiar pieces as he demonstrates the capability of the instrument both in terms of sound quality and volume.
Chris has been Organist and Choirmaster at St Mary’s, Norton, since 1981, having been previously Organist and Choirmaster of St John’s Parish Church, Yeovil, for seven years. He was trained at Trinity College of Music, London, where he followed the Graduate Course and where his organ teacher was Dr Harry Gabb – sub-organist of St Paul’s Cathedral and Organist to Her majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James Palace.
THE BRUE BOYS
7.30pm SATURDAY 6th OCTOBER
The Brue Boys grew out of a desire to give men who wanted to sing the opportunity to do so and somehow, from the original dozen in 2007, they are now nearly 50 in number and reckoned to be one of the best choirs of its type in the County. They have a mixed repertoire – folk, musicals, opera, pop classics, sea shanties and spirituals. They present an evening to remember – A Night Out With The Brue Boys.
7.30pm SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER
Cantamus was formed in 2012 and has been performing around West Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset ever since, giving concerts in Spring, Summer and Autumn each year. With their exquisite blend of voices, the Choir has established a loyal following across the region among lovers of quality sacred and secular music. They perform a magical mix of the very best music from six centuries of composition: Palestrina and Gibbons, Mozart and Mendelssohn, Bob Chilcott and John Tavener. Their ‘Music for Christmastide’ will include some traditional Christmas music, including the Coventry Carol and Rutter’s arrangement of the Sans Day Carol.
Advance Ticket £7 is available from the Norton Community Shop. At the Door entry (no ticket) is £8. A Wine Bar opens at 7pm.