ELS Jan - Jun 2010

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2nd June 2010 - We would like introduce you to some members of the ACC Core Working Group! We will be adding more information and images as we receive them. If you have anything to say that you would like brought up for discussion, please contact any member of the group, who would be happy to support you.


1st June 2010 - At last some updates for you!

Events coming up:


ACC Working Group meeting 6:00pm 7th June

venue: Ian & Helen Firmstone's home


Daytime choir performance

Parish Centre Group,17th June

see Ian Firmstone for further details


Withybed Fest

7:00pm 19th June

see Holly Timmermans or Mary Green for further details


Alvechurch WI Summer BBQ 7:00pm 2nd July, Barnt Green Cricket Club

see Liz Robinson for further details


Crown Meadow Summer Fête 12:00-2:00pm 10th July


123 Sing!

1st, 2nd, 3rd October 2010


If you sing you'll know that it makes you happy, relaxed, confident, inspired and full of energy. If you don't, now's your chance to find out.

            Whether you sing or want to sing
            Whether you can sing already or want to learn
            Whether you sing in the shower or in a choir
            Whether you are a professional or an amateur
            Whether you are a child or an adult
            Whether you prefer Abba, Bach, or Coldplay - this is for you!

If you would like to be part of something really special that aims to inspire more people to sing whilst raising money for music education projects for the most disadvantaged children and adults across the UK, all you need to do is?

Remember: 123sing! - on 1st, 2nd and 3rd October - the biggest celebration of singing ever. A national singing weekend to celebrate singing, inspire thousands more people to get involved in singing and raise money for music education projects. There will be three radio broadcasts over the weekend where everyone will be invited to tune in and sing along with people all around the UK.

Organized by Classic FM and Making Music, with generous support from Sing Up, Youth Music and all the major national singing organisations.

So, please save the date and spread the word by telling all of your friends, family and colleagues.

It's time for everyone to come together and sing.


15th May 2010- From shy beginnings more than a year ago, ACC has grown into a confident, enthusiastic choir with a weekly attendance of more than fifty members. Above all things we are a community minded group who love the opportunity of performing in the local area. Recently we entertained a small audience at Alvechurch Library. We thought you might like to see our photographs!




Come and join us, you would be made very welcome.


28th April 2010- ACC's Musical Director, Mike Genders, celebrated his 50th birthday last Sunday. As part of those celebrations ACC surprised him by devoting poetry and song in his honour.


The piece of poetry was read out by Mary Green, who is a member of the ACC working group. Mary is also a member of Withybed Green Poetry Group who meet regularly in the locale. If you would like to go along to one of their meetings, their next one is scheduled for Wednesday 26th May 2010. It will be at The Crown, Withybed Green at 7:30pm. Anyone is welcome.


30th March 2010 - ELS is taking a well earned Easter break. Here are three shots taken on 29th March of ACC enjoying their final meeting before the holidays. Now who could that be first at the bar??????


The Crown Inn, Withybed Green.


The Crown Inn, Withybed Green.


The Crown Inn, Withybed Green.


14th March 2010 - was the day we held a special event at Our Lady of Mt Carmel First School, Webheath, Redditch to raise funds for our ongoing project. The school hall was packed with visitors who enthusiastically applauded an outstanding performance by ACC headed up by the ever enigmatic Lillian Boutté. A total of £952.41 was raised through ticket, raffle and soft drink sales. Our thanks to everyone who supported the event, with extra special thanks to those of you who came along to help set up the hall, to Lillian for devoting her time, to Lynn Edwards for all the organization and to Tony Tamburra for allowing us to use the school facilities.


4th March 2010-Tickets for our very exciting special event are available NOW. Book your places by email or by speaking with Blue directly. Tickets will be available for purchase from Blue throughout the evening of March 8th (see below).


Lillian will be performing 'live' with Dennly Ilett, Mike, Allyson and the team to help raise funds for the 2010 ELS project. Alvechurch Community Choir will be accompanying Lillian for part of the evening. Come and join in the fun - don't forget to bring your singing voice!


A reminder that our next choir meeting is:


Monday March 8th 2010

Time: 7:30 - 9:30pm


The Crown, Withybed Green

(no subs or mugs required!)


The evening will begin with choir practice for the forthcoming event and will be followed by our usual sing-a-long.


28th February 2010 -The next scheduled ACC practice is:


Monday March 1st  2010

Time: 7:30 - 9:30pm


Alvechurch Middle School

Subs: £2 per person

Anyone of any ability welcome

11 yrs or older


(under 16's should be accompanied by a responsible adult)


31st January 2010 - A very big thank you to the 33 choir members who attended the Churches Together event held at the Ark, Alvechurch. The feedback has been both amazing and encouraging. Several people in the audience expressed their desire to come and join us on Monday evenings.


A warm welcome to Stefan, who has now formerly joined ACC after stepping up from the ranks of Pitcheroak School Choir. We are thrilled to have you with us.


We will be practicing our songs for the 'Performing Stories' event to be held on February 8th, 7pm at Alvechurch Library. Two of which will include sign language. Please speak to Mary Green for more information, and don't forget to sign up for the event if you haven't already done so - we need to keep account of the numbers.


Anyone is welcome to come along and listen, so tell your friends, neighbours and family.


21st January 2010 - A couple of events for the ACC calendar:


Saturday, 23rd January at the Ark - 7pm for 7:30pm. Churches together in Alvechurch and Rowney Green. So far 29 choir members have signed up for the event, which will include a ploughman's supper. If you are planning to go, please let me know ASAP. We need to notify the organizers of exact numbers beforehand.


Monday, 8th February 2010 - Alvechurch Library, 7pm - 8pm. As part of the library's season of 'performing stories' ACC has been invited to sing and read poetry to tell the story of the choir. Next Monday Sarah Palmer will bring leaflets for you to distribute to friends and family. The choir's performance is being organized by Mary Green who will be taking a list of attendees, please approach her at our choir meeting to add your name.


Directly after the performance we will be heading off to The Crown, Withybed for our regular 'sing-a-long'.


Our next scheduled choir practice is:


Monday January 25th 2010

Time: 7:30 - 9:30pm


Alvechurch Middle School

(our usual venue)

Subs: £2 per person

Anyone of any ability welcome

11 years of age or older



First of all 15th January 2010 - Our brand new DVD "Everybody Let's Sing 2009 - Forging Links in the Community" has rolled off the presses today! To order your copy, please make a minimum donation of £5.00 towards the costs. Either use the 'donate' button to the left (not forgetting to include your name, address and message to say you are ordering a 2009 DVD) or contact me (Blue) directly, using our 'Contact Us' page.


We are happy to ship outside of the UK, but please email in the first instance so that we can inform you of the postal costs.


Our journey this year has been varied, exciting and informative. We have touched hundreds of children and dozens of adults with the uniting power of music and watched many of them grow in confidence over the year, singing and signing together.


A very big thank you to all of you who were willing to take part in the filming of the DVD. Special thanks to all the 'techies' behind it, including Pip & Sam from Blue Hippo Media Joolz from Julia Gross Photography, Simon from BeardfreakUK (artwork) and Martin from Duplication Centre.


11th January 2010 -



Due to inclement weather, tonight's ACC choir practice has been cancelled. Please check back here for next week's status.


6th January 2010 - Back to the planning and organizing of the next leg of our activities! First news on the committee meeting. Due to holidays, ill health and inclement weather, there has been a delay in arranging one, however, we have overcome the obstacles at last and the meeting has now been arranged for January 18th at 6:00pm. Those of you who have expressed an interest in being part of the committee should have received an email from me with more information. If you haven't received a mail and would like to part of the team, please let me (Blue), know by mailing me at the usual address or speaking with me directly at the next choir meeting. Minutes of the meeting will be taken and we will inform you of progress.


Those of you who receive regular mailings will be receiving a list of the choir practice and 'singalong' dates shortly via Dave.


That's about it for now... but keep watching, you never know!!



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