Newsletter 140221

Handwashers’ Newsletter 14th February 2021 OPTIONAL VIRTUAL ‘MEET AND SING’ SESSIONS  Our tentative plan for a spring/summer re-start and a concert on November 6th remains in place, but restrictions on gatherings look likely to continue for some months yet and for...

Newsletter 070221

Handwashers’ Newsletter 7th February 2021 We are once again running short of material for these Newsletters, and may soon be reduced to showing you our holiday snaps, so please dig in your musical memory bank (you all have one) and send contributions to...

Newsletter 310121

Handwashers’ Newsletter 31st January 2021 CARLETON’S COLUMN As an organist, I am frequently asked to play at funerals, both at the Abbey and at other churches. The musical provision for these services varies dramatically. Traditionally, the requirement would be some...

Newsletter 240121

Handwashers’ Newsletter 24th January 2021 CARLETON’S COLUMN I have much enjoyed reading all the Vaughan Williams related material. This has reminded me of the various composers I have been fortunate to meet over the years. Not surprisingly, most of the composers I can...

Newsletter 170121

Handwashers’ Newsletter 17th January 2021 CARLETON’S COLUMN I cannot believe that we are half way through January already! No doubt many of you are well and truly ‘carolled out’, not necessarily by singing yourselves (sadly), but by watching the seemingly endless...

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Handwashers’ Newsletter 10th January 2021 MARK WALLINGTON We very much regret to announce that Mark died suddenly last Sunday. He had only joined the basses in September 2018, but his gentle personality, good humour and fine voice had already endeared him to those of...

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Handwashers’ Newsletter 3rd January 2021 HAPPY NEW YEAR! (We didn’t stay up to see in the new year but to make damn sure the old one left.) PIFFERARI Tim repeats himself: My apologies for repeating a subject I mentioned a long time ago. I was reminded of this subject...

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Handwashers’ Newsletter 27th December 2020 NEW REGULATIONS ABOUT FRONOUNCIATION Over Christmas you may have missed the lanest covid regulations. Ginny, always up with the news, ufdanes us: (Nim wonders whether Larlenon will nonice the difference!) CAROL SINGING...

Newsletter 201220

Handwashers’ Newsletter 20th December 2020 The Nativity by Federico Barrocci (1533-1612)  We wish our Members and Friends a HAPPY AND HEALTHY CHRISTMAS AND A MUCH HAPPIER NEW YEAR YOUR FAVOURITE CAROLS A big ‘thank you’ to Aideen, Alison, Andy, Catherine, Carleton,...

Newsletter 131220

Handwashers’ Newsletter 13th December 2020 CARLETON’S BEETHOVEN RAMBLINGS I much enjoyed reading last week’s newsletter on Beethoven. Here are a few personal reminiscences of some of my encounters with this extraordinary composer. A very long time ago, when I was...

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Handwashers’ Newsletter 5th December 2020  BEETHOVEN’S BIRTHDAY EDITION Today was the day we had planned to celebrate Ludwig von Beethoven’s 250th Birthday with this concert programme: Hallelujah! (from Christ on the Mount of Olives) (English) Creation’s Hymn...

Newsletter 291120

Handwashers’ Newsletter 29th November 2020  Christmas is coming; We can’t go out to sing, So, send us your favourite carol And we’ll fix the next best thing.  We mean it. Do please send the title of your favourite carol to timp470@btinternet.com and we’ll look for a...