2018 Workshop was the best yet!….
On Saturday 24th February we were excited to welcome 50 delegates to this years workshop.
We were able to showcase a few of our songs, and after the delegates were given a vocal warm up they were split into their voice part for the day. Fascinating Rhythm members then sang the song to them that they were going to learn from page to stage….. and they were delighted to hear ‘Shine’ by Take That, which actually is a 5 part harmony song.
Hard work by every single delegate and we were absolutely amazed that they took on board section work and came together before lunch for a first sing through, which was incredible.
During lunch (and much eating of cake) we were able to chat to our visitors and tell them about our hobby.
Every delegate was invited to gives us some feedback at the end, and below are a few of their comments:
“Such a fun, rewarding day. A lot to learn but a huge sense of achievement at the end of the session. I just love singing”
“Confidence to ‘go for it’! Ton sing with a large, great chorus” “Fun, friendship, harmony, teamwork (and cake)!” “To do something for me, it was fun and I enjoyed it”
“I found it an incredibly emotional experience to go from being terrified of making a mistake to actually enjoying singing.. and on the front row even! I cant believe how much we learned in one day and I’m going away with a huge sense of achievement. THANK YOU!”
“Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, so much support from all the FR ladies. Lots of laughs and a great MD”
Delegates & Chorus perform ‘Shine’
We were really pleased to hear that a few of our visitors intend to come to a normal rehearsal to see us again with an interest in joining us….. and we look forward to welcoming you all..
Fascinating Rhythm had a fabulous day with you all, thank you for joining us, you all certainly did ‘Shine’ and we hope to see you again next year if not sooner!
We were delighted that on Thursday 15th February we were able to present a cheque of £572.31 to Winston’s Wish, our charity of the year for 2017.
Sophie Birch, Regional Fundraising & Events Officer, from the charity, was able to visit the chorus and she listened to our rehearsal. After the presentation Sophie was able to tell us what our donation would be able to help them with, and as the national helpline costs £500 per day it will be put to great use as nearly 5000 called the helpline last year. It is manned by trained clinical practitioners and is free and confidential.
Sophie also added “I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all members of Fascinating Rhythm for this wonderful donation. We really appreciate you choosing to support our charity, this kind demonstration of support makes a big difference to the families we are supporting. With your help we can ensure that grief doesn’t destroy a child’s future”
Cheque presentation for Winston’s Wish
So we are delighted to introduce to you, Mr & Mrs Thorn
The wedding was perfect, the love and happiness was so strong in the room that you could feel it. Jo looked stunning and Steve wore a permanent grin along with the dapper suit!
They were surrounded by special people who were all overjoyed to share the celebrations with them.
The traditional ‘first dance’ of a wedding was actually replaced with a lovely jazz duo of ‘Night and Day’ of Ella Fitzgerald fame which had the bride and groom gazing into each others eyes while they sang to each other for our entertainment. The 3 tier wedding cake was covered in musical score and notes…… and was delicious.
It would not of been complete had the chorus not had a song or two which Jo really enjoyed; “I cant believe I’ve directed in my dress!” was said at the end of “Can’t take my eyes off of you” and “Happy Together” – two very apt songs for the day of course.
We wish them every happiness for the future.
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!