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.
Yet again our very own Junior FR put on an outstanding performance but this time it was Roald Dahl’s “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”
Two performances took place on 23rd July in the Memorial Hall, Rangeworthy. This version was a humorous, contemporary spin on this well-know fairy tale with there being an unexpected surprise for the wolf!
The performers worked hard and learnt a different set of skills, incorporating acting and dancing. The music score was also improved (in our barbershop world) by adding harmony lines into two and even four parts.
JFR were delighted to recently receive £100 from the TAF and Eisteddfod Committees after taking part again in the Thornbury Eisteddfod. They were recognised as “great kids with a very enthusiastic support group” and “Junior FR are very inclusive and have a diverse age range, being an external choir, all of the kids want to be there…”
Special mention must go to the JFR adult team, their continued help and support means so much to the girls and us in Fascinating Rhythm.
With the addition of Black Sheep Harmony who became LABBS members this year we are now up to four choruses in the Bristol/Cotswold area.
We were delighted to come together last week after Avon Harmony sent out invitations to the Black Sheep herd, Bristol Fashion and we were able to send a large contingent from FR (as we are now in holiday season)
Each Musical Director (Craig Kehoe, Alex de Bruin, David Proud & Jo Dean) led a warm-up, all of which were enjoyed as we love to learn new warm-ups (wonder if we will remember them?) and we were then entertained with 3 songs from each chorus. Avon Harmony started proceedings off followed by Black Sheep Harmony – we were then able to enjoy a large supper, with cake of course, which went down really well whilst a large raffle was drawn. We were then able to enjoy Bristol Fashion entertaining us and we finished up by singing to the other choruses at the end of the evening.
Black Sheep Harmony
Another great evening with us all joining in harmony – good to catch up with old and new friends who all share and love this thing called barbershop.
We all had such a good night at our charity concert on Saturday, 8th July in Bridgwater to raise funds for Ups and Downs South West. The theatre was an amazing space to be in and the staff, especially technical team, were second to none. Ticket sales, along with a spiffing raffle and some very generous match funding from Barclays Bank gathered over £1,000 into the coffers of this excellent cause.
We were thrilled with the debut performance of ‘Titanium’ quartet who sang Billy Joel’s ‘Lullaby’, and a Spice Girls medley. Our ‘in-house’ quartet ‘Free Range’ also did a fantastic job with four songs in each half.
Mixed voiced a cappella group Planet 24 enjoyed the experience though with a touch of sadness as it was the last gig for their amazing beat boxer Henry; this master of timing will be greatly missed.
Fascinating Rhythm closed the first half with the very emotive song ‘Fix You’ and an inspiration DVD about the work of the charity playing images on the screen behind – not a dry in the house, including some on stage!
All groups combined to close the show with ‘Happy Together’ with the six gentlemen taking part getting nice and cosy right in the middle of 50 women – brave lads. Our truly professional MC John Shipley, who is a Trustee for Ups & Downs, was supported effortlessly by new FR member Erica Smith as Stage Manager – her first time in the job (with all of two weeks notice).
Some comments from the audience: “so professional, a real pleasure to see”; “really impressed by the focus of Fascinating Rhythm on the MD and just how animated they all were – they looked like they were really enjoying every minute of it”.
Our lovely Emma Richardson who sings Bass with FR plighted her troth on Saturday, 24th June to Mr Steve Beale at the Hare and Hounds in the stunning location of Westonbirt. Fascinating Rhythm were invited to the wedding en masse and sang a set of five songs at the reception – the first being ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You’ that Emma dedicated to Steve. Steve then stepped up to join her and Mr & Mrs Beale delighted everyone by singing to each other. It was a truly lovely day, and we all wish them the very best for a long and … no apologies … harmonious life together.