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FUNdamentally GOSPEL Summer Concert 2014

Last Wednesday 16 July FUNdamentally GOSPEL held their summer concert at Christ Church Beckenham. Their uplifting mix of pop, gospel and world music drew a large crowd, and they raised a whopping £670 for Community Music in Action.

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Choir member and charity trustee Sarah Richardson spoke about recent CMIA-funded projects, and highlighted our need for volunteers in our upcoming projects. If you have some time to spare and are interested in finding out more please contact Becky at projects@cmia.org.uk

Thanks to everyone who supported the event as a performer or audience member, and for all those working hard behind the scenes to make it such a success. It was a fantastic evening and the money raised will go a long way towards funding other brilliant music projects in our local community.

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FUNdamentally GOSPEL’s Summer Concert

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Just a reminder that FUNdamentally GOSPEL‘s much anticipated sizzling summer showdown is taking place THIS Wednesday 16th July at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at Christ Church Beckenham, Fairfield Road, Beckenham, BR3 3LE.

That’s right, they’re going back to where it all began. It’s a stone’s throw from Beckenham Junction/Clock House stations with plenty of parking on hand too so there’s no excuse not to come revel in their uplifting mix of pop, soul, gospel and world music. Expect everything from soul classics to Sister Act via Sam Smith and Emeli Sande. There’ll be some Kirk Franklin and Vashawn Mitchell too for all you gospel groover geeks.

Entry is by donation with all profits going to Community Music In Action.

Launched in January 2010, FUNdamentally GOSPEL is an exciting choir for residents of Beckenham and the local area, providing them with the opportunity to sing as a community whilst having lots of fun! Open to any adult with a passion for singing, regardless of experience, the choir rehearses on a weekly basis in central Beckenham. New members are always welcome. Please email fiona@fundamentallygospel.co.uk for more info.

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Carers Bromley Week 6 Report

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Carers Bromley Choir have their first gig!

On 29th October 2013, Carers Bromley Choir will be performing at the BME Active Citizens Awards

Community Links Bromley is pleased to announce the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Active Citizens Awards. These Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the positive contribution that BME individuals and community organisations make to life in Bromley. The awards ceremony will take place from 17:00 – 19:30 at Community House, South Street, Bromley, BR1 1RH.

The choir are working on perfecting the handful of songs they have been learning, in time for their performance next Tuesday.

Here is a sound recording from the session this week. The song is ‘I Hear Singing and There’s No-one There’ by Donald O’Connor and Ethel Merman, from the musical movie, ‘Call Me Madam’.

Carers Bromley, Week 5 Report

5 Minute Interview

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Name
Liz Dore, Carers Bromley Choir member

Who do you care for?
My Mum, who has serious mobility issues and Alzheimer’s.

How much of your time is dedicated to caring?
Mum lives in a flat underneath us so I pop in and out several times during the day. I help with all of her day to day needs and take her out shopping and to hospital appointments.

How did you hear about the Carers Bromley project?
It was in the Carers Bromley Newsletter;  a really helpful document that lists events and courses and gives advice to carers.

Why did you decide to join?
I have sang with various choirs for many years but stopped when I started my family. I sing with my church music group and in local concerts every now and then, but I would love to sing in a choir on a regular basis.

How have you found the singing sessions so far?
Brilliant! Cathy is a fantastic choir master – encouraging, funny, talented and she is definitely getting the best out of us. I can’t believe that in just a few weeks we are singing four part harmonies and sounding pretty good!

What have you enjoyed/not enjoyed so much?
Everyone is really friendly, the atmosphere is very supportive and I think we are all enjoying having this time each week to have fun, laugh alot and create something wonderful together.

What are you personally getting out of the singing sessions?
I think singing is a great tonic – physically and emotionally. It’s a real joy to come together with a group of people who you know are going through similar trials at home but, with whom you can put your troubles aside for a couple of hours to do something completely different and totally uplifting.

What song would you most like to hear the choir sing?
We sing unaccompanied so I think it would be fun to try a madrigal or perhaps a carol, as it’s nearly Christmas! ‘Dulci Jubilo’ would be perfect as it has such beautiful harmonies.

What word would you use to sum up your experience of the project so far?
FAB-U-LOUS!

Interview by Sarah Richardson

Carers Bromley, Week 4 Report

5 Minute Interview

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Name
Pam Russell, Carers’ Choir member

Who do you care for?
My husband

How much of your time is dedicated to caring?
Daily from 8am to 11pm, sometimes with a couple of hours away with a friend for coffee.

How did you hear about the Carers Bromley project?
I saw an article about it in the Carers magazine.

Why did you decide to join?
I was in a choir until the age of 16 and loved it, so thought I’d grab hold of this opportunity to start singing again.

How have you found the singing sessions so far?
I have been very impressed with the organisation and leadership of the project. It has been a productive few weeks, and the sessions are delivered in a lovely light-hearted manner, which is what us carers need. Also, the camaraderie which is forming is very impressive and heartening.

What have you enjoyed/not enjoyed so much?
I can honestly say that I enjoy everything about it!

What are you personally getting out of the singing sessions?
The feeling of joining in, and of not feeling alone… I’ve felt a sense of achievement at reaching those top notes, as well as mastering the songs and creating fab harmonies!

What song would you most like to hear the choir sing?
‘Goodnight Girl’ by Wet Wet Wet

What word would you use to sum up your experience of the project so far?
JOYFUL!

Interview by Sarah Richardson