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!
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
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.