The Christmas Memory Tree

On Saturday 2nd December we welcomed almost 200 people over 2 performances of ‘The Christmas Memory Tree’ which featured our very own Junior FR, it was a heart-warming story of family time at Christmas, full of love, sparkle and happiness. Fascinating Rhythm were sprinkled in amongst scenes to add a musical feel to the production.

St Mary’s Church in Yate looked rather festive and beautiful. We were able to provide our guests with mince pies during the interval and with our raffle we raised a good amount of almost £300 for our charity ‘Winston’s Wish’ to help with funding for their helpline and providing face to face for grieving families.

Thank you everyone, we hope you enjoyed our Christmas Memory Tree story

Here are a few pictures of the performance …. it does show what fun we had!

 

 

Convention 2017

We had such a great time beside the seaside, beside the sea…. in Bournemouth at the LABBS and European Chorus Competition in October.

Fascinating Rhythm are delighted to have retained our 5th position in the country but were so pleased to be ranked 4th in the singing category this year.

Singing late in the afternoon gave us time to focus and be together all day which was a bonus of course as we just love spending time with each other.  The only sad part of the day was that we were not able to watch many other choruses perform.

Congratulations to The White Rosettes, Cheshire Chord Company & Crystal Chords on their medal winning performances in the Chorus competition and to Sound House, Barberlicious and Avalon for the quartet competition. The standard was high in all the competitions this years so well done to everyone!

There are a few pictures below of our stage time which we hope you enjoy, and thank you all for your continued support

The Queen Mclean!

We were delighted to have another weekend coaching session with the inspirational and enthusiastic (and very funny) Sally McLean during September.

Another 2 day session where Fascinating Rhythm were well and truly put through our emotional ringers as well as technically enhancing our Convention package. We so enjoy our visits from Sally and look forward to them almost as soon as she has left the building…. despite being exhausted. Our MD, Jo, also grows with advice given to her and her treatment of the chorus (although the big stick did not come out during this visit!)

We very much look forward to seeing and hearing Sally’s chorus (The White Rosettes) amongst all other competitors at Convention in Bournemouth at the end of October. It is sure to be a great European Convention this year!

Sally 2 Sally 1 Sept 17 SM JD

 

Surprise new Coach

One Thursday evening in August we were able to secure a session from a new coach – Doug Harrington!

He helped us with our convention songs and we really enjoyed this first coaching session with him. It is surprising how, as women, we reacted to a man!! We obviously have a female MD and we realise that our coaches are usually women too so it really was a refreshing and exciting change for us as a chorus. The evening went at lightening speed of course!

It was a fun and energetic evening and we do hope that we will be able to have Doug come to see us again in the future – thank you Doug

BBC Music Day

On 15th June 2017, 3 members (Barbara Colfer, Irene Lees and Linda Holden) of Fascinating Rhythm were delighted and honoured to be part of the BBC Music Day in Southmead Hospital.

This was to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of BBC Points West.

There were 60 choirs from all over the South West, members of the Bristol Youth Choir and the UWE ReVoice Choir, a community choir for people affected by aphasia.  We were also joined by YolanDa.

It was a very exciting day with the TV crew and recordings being made which showcased the theme of the power of music for good health and wellbeing.  This was broadcast on BBC Radio and TV.

The performance took place in the Brunel building of Southmead Hospital which was an awe-inspiring backdrop.  A great day was had by all.

Southmead music day