Kilndown Choir AGM, Friday 4th October 2019
Musical Director’s Report
I’m delighted to report that almost 7 years since it started, the choir is thriving. Membership is currently around 50 people which is an amazing achievement. New members are welcomed on a regular basis and I’m particularly pleased that some of the older members of the Youth Choir have recently “moved up” to the main choir. We are also going from strength to strength musically, tackling more challenging works with great confidence and success.
Our highly successful events since the last AGM included:
·Remembrance Concert 11th November 2018 – a very moving event - particular thanks to Chris Roome for coming up with the concept and choice of music.
·Various Christmas events including Christmas Brass and Voices – the atmosphere was incredible, and I was particularly touched by the “Lily The Pink” birthday song!
·Joint Singing Day with Horsmonden Choir – another fun event and it was amazing to hear and conduct a choir of over 60 voices!
·Joint Choirs Singing day in Battle – great to be part of such a huge event and always interesting to see how other choirs work!
·Sounds of Summer Concert in July – a perfect evening with great music, a lovely atmosphere and some memorable audience participation.
Whilst the choir should always be about the fun of singing and entertaining our audience, I am delighted that we have once again raised significant amounts for our charities including:
·British Legion (undisclosed sum)
·Dandelion Time - £400
·Weald Family Hub - £400
·Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance - £400
·LAM Action £550.
We already have several events planned for the rest of 2019 and early 2020 including:
·Goudhurst Christmas Shopping night 29/11/19
·Christmas Brass and Voices 7/12/19
·Christmas Carol Service and Tree Lighting on 15/12/19
·Singing for the Memory Lane Café - date TBA
·Summer Concert 27/6/19 – this will be a time-themed concert held at Christ Church to raise money for restoration of the church clock. It will be a week after the Flower Festival and we will sing amongst the flowers! This will be a smart event with “posh frocks and canapes”! Any time themed musical suggestions would be much appreciated.
We are also hoping to arrange two other events for the choir:
·Recording session with Paul Cheese – possibly of Christmas Music
·Singing technique workshop with Diane and Arthur Day – hugely enthusiastic and fun music teachers and opera singers – possibly including a short concert afterwards – spring 2020.
Our increased use of our wonderful accompanist, Kerne Clemence, was very successful last year and we intend to keep this arrangement running for the forthcoming year. This, and a number of other factors, led to increased expenditure last year, but the choir is still in good financial shape and the current subscription of £3 per week will remain the same for now. The committee do review the finances on a regular basis and at some stage a modest increase may be necessary, but we will keep the choir advised.
I’m also pleased to note that we have now signed up for a licencing trial which allows us to access and photocopy a wide range of choral music. This is a great resource for Sarah and myself and we very much hope this will become a permanent arrangement when the 6 month trial has concluded.
The Youth Choir has had another very successful year and currently has 11 members aged from 8-17. I am, however, looking for a new leader to take over in January 2020 and currently pursuing some leads. If choir members have any suggestions for a successor, please let me know.
The achievements of the choir would not be possible without the support of several people, for which I am very grateful:
·The Committee – Hilary Bird, (Treasurer), Roger Blackwell, Rosemary Southon, Maureen Weston, Richard Heaton and Tina Gallagher (Secretary and often Acting Chair!)
·Sarah Heaton – my wonderful Assistant Musical Director
·Sue McNamara and Rosemary Southon – for helping with the Youth Choir every week.
And finally, huge thanks and congratulations to all choir members for another amazing year with some great musical achievements.
Julian Wells, Musical Director
4th October 2019