Due to the risks to our choir and committee members the committee have taken the necessary decision to suspend all activity this year. There will be no AGM, no Florence Nightingale Service and no Christmas Concert in 2020.
The normal series of events should resume in 2021 and our next Christmas Concert will be on 3-December-2021. Those of you on our mailing list will be notified of any news. or you can check on our website. To join our mailing list see the Contact-Us page.
Following the efforts of everyone who sold or bought concert tickets and prizedraw tickets, and those that gave so generously, we are proud to announce that we will be presenting a magnificent £10000 to The Combined Cancer Unit at this year’s AGM.
You can read more about this and other matters in the 2020 Newsletter, which also contains details of the AGM & Supper on 3rd April, and of the 200th Anniversary Florence Nightingale Service on 14th May.
You will need to read and reply to the newsletter if you wish to attend the AGM and/or supper, or sing at the Florence Nightingale Service.
What a fantastic Concert! Choir, Band and Saxophonist!
Last year’s guests, The Derby Youth Band conducted by Tom Jones, returned and were as great as ever with foot-tapping numbers such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and the gentler Mid-Winter. I particularly enjoyed Tom’s own lively arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
I have to say that the special guest Alistair Parnell, with his various saxophones – including the amazing “aerophone”, was fabulous. He thrilled us with the atmospheric Gabriel’s Oboe, the aerophone violin sound of Schindler’s List and the rousing Santa Claus is Coming to Town; he received a standing ovation from some of the audience.
Derby & Burton Hospitals Choir themselves gave the best performance I have heard from them – with delicate singing in gentle carols such as Rutter’s Christmas Lullaby, foot tapping energy (& clapping) in other such as Disney’s The Bare Necessities, and big moments in finalé pieces such as God Bless Us Everyone. For me however, the highlights were the special arrangements for Choir, Piano and Saxophone of “My Heart Will Go On”, and “Unchained Melody”.
With over 500 in the audience and more than 120 performers, professionally compered by Richard Moulder, everyone I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed it – how will they follow that next year?
If you missed it – then you can listen to the choir pieces below:
Derby Hospitals Choir got together with the professional musicians that work with the hospital to carry out a Christmas “Flashmob” in the Royal Derby Hospital foyer just before Christmas. The Audio Visual department just happened to have camera there to capture it all … click on this link.