News from Harmonia, our charities and venues and on singing and choirs
The choir were absolutely delighted when they retained the Songs from the Shows trophy but knew that they would be up against it in the Recital with several very good choirs taking part this year for the first time. So to win it for the third year running was a fantastic achievement. Well done everyone.
There was a bonus this year when a splinter group, the Harmonettes, made up of four members of Harmonia, won the Ensemble class.
Ryedale Folk Museum
On a cold snowy afternoon Harmonia entertained those who had come to the museum's Victorian Christmas open day.
Joint concert with KMS Brass Band
A packed St.Peter's Church were treated to a fantastic performance by Harmonia and the Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band. The music was from the stage and the big screen and covered a wide variety of eras and genres. A repeat performance must surely be on the cards! If you enjoyed the band and want to know about their next concerts go to: http://www.ryedale.co.uk/Kirkbyband/kirkbyband.html
St.Michael's Church, Malton
Harmonia were delighted to be able to perform again in this beautiful church. Although their numbers were somewhat depleted through illness they still gave an accomplished and very varied programme. The concert raised £790 which will go to church funds.
Utsavan! (A Celebration)
The Milton Rooms in Malton was the setting for an innovative and exciting combination of three local music groups with an Asian Arts organisation called Manasamitra which is based in Dewsbury. Singer Supriya Nagarajan and composer Duncan Chapman worked with Harmonia while composer Shri Srinam worked with Swinton Excelsior Band and Thornton le Dale Ukeleles. This evening was the opportunity for each group to perform from their own repertoire and to showcase the piece that had been specially written for them. Each group found it a very challenging but ultimately rewarding experience. The audience was also entertained by Shri performing an amazing solo on the Indian flute. The evening finished with a captivating performance of Bollywood dancing led by Charagi Solanki. Many of the audience joined in with the dancing, some even taking to the stage. A wonderful evening of music and dance much enjoyed by everyone.
The Milton Rooms received funding for this project through Arts Council England and the Wharfedale Foundation.
A beautiful summer's evening was the setting for this concert. The church provided a brilliant backdrop for the choir and the acoustics were amazing. The choir and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening and Harmonia hope that it won't be too long before they can return to this stunning venue.
Eskdale Festival 2017
Harmonia competed once again at the Eskdale Festival, Whitby in April. They entered four of the categories on the National Choir Day and were thrilled to retain the three trophies that they won in 2016! The first trophy was for "Songs from the Shows" followed by "Christmas in April". The highlight of the day is the Choir Recital in the evening and Harmonia had to beat ten other choirs to lift the prestigious trophy.
Four Quarters and Harmonia in concert
In June to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the popular acapella group Four Quarters, Harmonia were invited to join them for a concert at Helmsley Arts Centre. Harmonia were delighted to take part and enjoyed their return to this ever popular venue.
Eskdale Festival 2016
Harmonia were overwhelmed when they retained the three trophies that they won at the Eskdale Festival last year. They won the Songs from the Shows class with a polished performance of "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat". They followed this with a win in the Christmas in April class and a third in the Sacred class. But the highlight of the day was their win in the Recital in the evening when Harmonia sang their hearts out finishing with a tremendous rendition of an African song entitled Dubula.
Pickering Methodist Church
A packed church was entertained to a memorable evening of song. The money raised went to the Motor Neurone Society. The choir sang many of the songs that they will be performing at the Eskdale Festival in April.
The choir rounded off their Christmas concerts
by singing at Norton Trinity Methodist Church for the Monday Circle. This has become something of a biennial tradition and the group are always very welcoming. There was also a good sprinkling of friends and family who enjoyed the Christmas repertoire and the evening was rounded off with some carol singing.
St Michael's Church
For the choir's Christmas concert they returned to St.Michael's Church in Malton. A capacity audience heard a wonderful selection of Christmas songs and carols. The money raised went to the Malton branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Trinity Methodist Church
For the choir's first concert of the Autumn they sang at Trinity Methodist Church in Norton for the Soroptimist's of Scarborough and Malton. An appreciative audience enjoyed a lively programme and part of the money raised will help the charities that the Soroptimists support.
This concert was a fundraiser for the Bell Tower Appeal at the church and an audience of church supporters and family and friends from Harmonia listened to the varied and at times lively repertoire that Harmonia are becoming well known for. The concert raised £675 towards the appeal.
Joint concert with York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir
In the beautiful setting of the De Grey Rooms in York the two choirs provided a wonderful and varied programme of music that was much appreciated by the audience. The evening culminated in the two choirs joining together to sing Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity which was a rousing end to the evening.
This was the first time that Harmonia had sung at St.Leonard's Church in Malton and a large audience enjoyed a wonderful evening of song. There was a wide and varied repertoire from spiritual to folk and from musical theatre to jazz.
The fantastic sum of £923 was raised which will go to a village in El Salvador, that St.Leonard's have forged a link with, to help them become more self-sufficient and improve the quality of the villagers lives.