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Saturday 16th June - we took part in a Gala Concert at the Victoria Hall in Bolton,  in aid of ACT,  which encourages & supports community theatre.  We were royally entertained by the Operetta Company from Farnworth,  with songs from the Desert Song.  The Pennine Quintet continued the royal theme with the arrival of the Queen of Sheba, and some piano quintet music. Ad Lib productions gave us the Monty Python "Argument" sketch,  and the "Four Candles" Two Ronnies sketch,  amongst other. Ladybridge Singers sang some lovely reflective pieces, and sang a Romanian carol - in Romanian!  The Greater Northern Folk Ensemble had us tapping our feet,  especially to the Rochdale Coconut dance. New Rosemere gave us some well oloved Gilbert & Sullivan,  including Three Little Maids.  The Brixi Singers sang 4 pieces, including Exsultate Justi,  and the White Cliffs of Dover.  But for me,  the highlight was the 2 sets of the Dawn Dawson Academy Theatre School.  Those youngsters have way too much energy - I was exhausted just watching them.  I was amazed when one of the girls threw herself at one of the lads,  and he caught her high in the air,  a la Dirty Dancing,  and held her up - breathtaking.  Then he whizzed her round by wrist & ankle.  But we managed to top it in the finale,  as the massed choirs,  musicians, and dancers joined together in the chorus from Les Miserables - "Do You Hear The people Sing?" - Bolton certainly did,  that night!

Saturday 9th June - 7.30pm,  in Christ Church WEST Didsbury.  The Brixi Singers have performed here before,  and so enjoyed the experience,  that we wanted to return,  and luckily they let us!  The concert took place on a lovely sunny evening,  and was focused around Jonathon Dove's "The Passing of the Year".  This setting of seven poems in 2000 make up 3 movements.  The first looks forward to summer (don't we all!) - the second follows the passing of summer,  and the third movement considers autumn,  and ends in winter,  on New Year's Eve. The song cycle is dedicated to Jonathon Dove's mother "who died too young".  We also performed a piece written by our MD,  Rory Johnston, O Lux Beatissima",  and a piece written by a fellow student of his,  Credo Quod Redemptor.  Other items included Fayrfax's "O Lux Beata Trinitas",  Thomas Weekes' "Hosanna to the Son of David",  OTallis' "O Sacrum Convivium",  and John Ireland's "The Hills". Some beautiful Renaissance music complemented by some beautiful modern pieces.,  in a wonderful setting.   

 Sunday 28th January 2018 -  in the Bolton Central Library Lecture Theatre,  we presented the Holocaust Cantata,  to mark  the international Holocaust Memorial  Day.  There was no charge for this event.
 
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust,  Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda,  Bosnia and Darfur. On Holocaust Memorial Day,  we honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. 
 
The Holocaust Cantata,  written by Donald McCullough in 1998,  is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history. Working from translations of original Polish materials found in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and starting with just a single line of melody, McCullough fashioned a haunting choral tribute to the 6 million Jews who were systematically persecuted and murdered as well as to the millions of other individuals the Nazi Party classified as “undesirables,” including Poles, Romanian gypsies, homosexuals, transsexuals, political opponents, religious dissidents, the mentally ill and the physically disabled. What emerges from the insanity of one of history’s worst examples of man’s inhumanity to man is a sense of music’s life-affirming powers. 
 
The Cantata moved us all deeply,  and we were grateful for the appreciation of the audience,  and also for the use of the Hall.

Christmas 2017 - we performed two Christmas concerts,  the first at St Brendan's Church in Harwood,  where we sang carols,  and parts of the Christmas music from the Messiah.  The second concert was at Rivington Church,  where we again sang carols both old and new.  At both concerts,  the audience joined in enthusiastically with the old favourite carols,  and the Christmas spirit was alive and well!

St Brendan's Church
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Rivington Church
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