Songs from Stage & Screen - Saturday 1st April, 2023 The Rose Theatre, St Mary's School, Ascot
New Egham Singers performed songs from Stage & Screen to a packed theatre at St Mary’s School in Ascot on Saturday 1st April, in aid of the fantastic charity Chertsey & Addlestone Good Neighbours.
The musical evening with New Egham Singers, incorporating Progeny, and conducted by Musical Directors Dr Guy Bunce and Patrick Martin featured many well-known hits from Stage & Screen. This included solos, a superb medley from Joseph, hits from La La Land, Beauty and the Beast and Les Misérables, and a rousing rendition of Time Warp from The Rocky Picture Horror Show. An excellent 7-piece live band added to the wonderful performance.
The event raised funds for Chertsey & Addlestone Good Neighbours, a vital Runnymede based charity that provides practical neighbourly support to members of the local community.
Adrian Elston, a Trustee of the charity said ‘the demand for our services has grown dramatically over the last couple of years…this means we need more funding and that’s why we are incredibly grateful to New Egham Singers for taking us on as their sponsored charity for this year’.
Christmas Carol Concert - Saturday 10th December, 2022 St John's Church, Egham
New Egham Singers performed a wonderful repertoire of Christmas music to an appreciative audience at its annual Christmas Concert held last Saturday 10th December at St John’s Church in Egham.
The musical evening with New Egham Singers, incorporating Progeny, and conducted by Musical Directors Dr Guy Bunce and Patrick Martin showcased some classic Christmas pieces alongside modern festive tunes. This included The Little Drummer Boy, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and A Muppet Christmas Carolmedley. The music got everyone into the festive spirit and the audience was delighted to join in with some well-known carols too.
The event raised funds for the Easter Centre in Egham, which is adjoined to St John’s Church. This valuable community space allows many different members of the community to come together in a multitude of ways. New Egham Singers are proud to support the Centre which enriches the community and people’s lives, especially at a time when many are finding things difficult.
After postponing the concert in early July, New Egham Singers finally had the opportunity to remember four long-standing and much-loved choir members lost during the COVID pandemic. Friends, family and guests joined the choir at St John’s Church in Egham on Saturday 8 October, to enjoy a wonderful repertoire and to support three very important charities chosen by the families of the lost choir members - Prostate Cancer UK, Dementia UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
This long-awaited evening with New Egham Singers, incorporating Progeny,conducted by Musical Directors Dr Guy Bunce and Patrick Martin, featured songs of remembrance and favourites of those lost. This includedan uplifting rendition of Hallelujah, as well asMr Blue Sky, Can You Feel The Love Tonight and a fantastic performance of Bring Me Sunshine. The concert concluded with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ section featuring Jerusalem and Rule Britannia, complete with flag waving! It was wonderfully compered by Steven Spencer and the MDs were ably accompanied by Jonny Lane. Representatives from the three charities also attended the event and spoke to the audience about their causes. Janet Venables from Dementia UK said:
“New Egham Singers, thank you very much for inviting Dementia UK to your wonderful concert. Every penny raised supports and develops specialist dementia Admiral Nurses, who provide life changing support for all families affected by all sorts of dementia.”
Spring Concert - Saturday 9th April, 2022 The Rose Theatre, St Mary's School, Ascot
The New Egham Singers (NES), performed their Spring Concert on Saturday 9th April to an appreciative audience at The Rose Theatre (St Mary’s School, Ascot). They were joined by representatives of Englefield Green Child Contact Centre, part of the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC), the charity who will benefit from proceeds from this, and the Christmas concert later in the year. Ali Watts from the Centre told the audience about the work they do to support children locally, and the need for funds to support their work.
The concert, compered by Steven Spencer, with Musical Director Dr Guy Bunce and accompanist Jonny Lane, performed a range of wonderfully upbeat pieces reflecting the ‘feel-good-factor’ as things return to a semblance of normality for the choir. This included Build Me Up Buttercup, I’m into Something Good and a personal favourite of the Musical Director, Sweet Home Chicago. Members of the choir even swapped into dark glasses for this piece! The audience were also treated to a stunning violin solo of the Brahms Hungarian Dance number 5 from David Iggulden (who stepped in at the last moment to cover a soloist who was unwell) and a beautiful solo rendition of ‘I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls’ by choir member Siw Harston. Two members of the choir, Theresa Butcher and Laura-Jane Gravett also supported the choir with solos in Something Inside So Strong, and the Progeny Chamber Choir performed ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ and ‘Softly as I Leave You’.
Commenting on the concert, MD Dr Guy Bunce said: “We all very much enjoyed performing in this lovely venue, especially having been unable to perform our Spring concert for the past 2 years. It’s always great to receive feedback on our concerts and I had a number of audience members coming up to me afterwards saying how enjoyable it was to sit in the audience again and enjoy the music. Everyone in the choir worked hard to prepare and should be very proud of their performance”.
VIRTUAL CHOIR FUNDRAISER LAUNCH MAY 2021
New Egham Singers is very proud to unveil our Virtual Choir fundraising project in support of Thames Hospice!
As well as our latest project, NES and Progeny have been meeting online since March 2020 making the following performances in lockdown.