The Arion took part in a very successful concert on Friday 30th November, sharing the platform with Pendle Childrens and Youth Choirs. This concert was in aid of the Mayoress of Pendle's charity and profits from this event will be invested in musical activities for young people in Pendle and on other small local projects. There were no less than 6 mayors present at the concert and they heard a vibrant concert with all participants in great form, a demonstration of what the musical life of Pendle has to offer. The concert was started by John Shaw singing 'Old Pendle' at the request of the Mayor of Pendle and the last item in the concert was a combined effort between all the participating choirs and the audience singing 'Amazing Grace' to the accompaniment of the bagpipes played by Tom Pickup, a PYCC member and also a member of Accrington Pipe Band. A special mention should be made of David Wilkinson who, besides singing a duet with Joe Renshaw, both conducted the Youth Choir, the combined choirs and also compered the evening and also of Julie Townson who conducted the Children's choir and the Arion. Accompanists for the evening were Greta Robinson, Susan Hargreaves and John Taylor.
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Tickets for the Arion's annual Christmas Cracker, which takes place on SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER at 2.30pm at COLNE MUNI are now available at the very reasonable pricer of SEVEN POUNDS FIFTY PENCE .
Tickets are available from the Muni Box office 01282 661234, or by contacting KEN HOLLAS on 01282 421994, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arion will be joined by 2nd Rossendale Scout Band and Pendle Children's Choir, so an entertaining and joyous occasion is assured.
The Arion will take part in the Mayoress of Pendle's Choral Concert Charity Fundraiser on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30TH at ST THOMAS'S CHURCH, BARROWFORD, commencing at 7pm. Sharing the platform will be Pendle Childrens and Youth Choirs which means that Julie Townson, who conducts both the Arion and Pendle Childrens Choir is in for a very busy evening. David Wilkinson will conduct the Youth Choir.
Tickets, very modestly priced at only FIVE POUNDS are available from www.mayoressofpendle.org or on the door, and the price includes light refreshments after the concert.
A delightful evening of music is assured.
The Arions 50th Celebrity Concert took place at St Thomas's Church Barrowford yesterday and featured the rising you singing star mezzo-soprano Samantha Oxborough.
Samantha, who hails from Sabden has recently graduated with First Class honours from Birmingham Conservatoire and is already making a name for herself both locally and nationally as a talented singer. Samantha is already well known locally as she started her singing career as a member of Pendle Youth Choir and was a pupil of David Wilkinson in Colne.
Samantha, accompanied by Susan Hargreaves, treated an enthusiastic audienceto a programme of English song, occasionally leavened with Americana, and her control and musicality were eveident from the start, to compliment a fabulous voice. Particularly effective was her rendition of the Ivor Gurney song 'I will go with my father a-ploughing' and Jerome Kern's 'Can't Help Lovin' dat Man of Mine'. Samantha finished her 'set' gy performing Ben Moore's 'Sexy Lady', a virtuoso performance which brought the house down. This is a young singer with a great future and we wish her all success in her musical career.
The Arion Choir, conducted by Julie Townson, were also o fine form and particularly poignant was their performance of 'Lily of the Valley' in memory of Jim Tattersall, a long serving choir member who recently died. As well as choral classics, the choir also the forthcoming centenery of the end of the First World War by singing a medley of WW1 songs and a moving arrangement of 'In Flanders Fields'.
SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER AT 2.30 PM CELEBRITY CONCERT AT ST THOMAS'S
WEDNESDAY 31ST OCTOBER AT 2PM CONCERT AT NELSON MANOR
FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER AT 7PM MAYOR'S CONCERT AT ST THOMAS'S
TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER AT 7.30PM MEMBER'S DINNER AT THATCH & THISTLE
SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER AT 2.30PM CHRISTMAS CRACKER AT COLNE MUNI
SUNDAY 16TH JUNE: TIME AND VENUE TBC RIBBLE VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 20TH MARCH: TIME TBC NAC CENTENARY FESTIVAL AT KING GEORGE'S HALL, BLACKBURN
OCTOBER :TIME AND DATE TBC NAC JOINT CONCERT AT RNCM, MANCHESTER
The Arion's annual celebrity concert will take place on Saturday 20th October at 2.30 pm at St Thomas's Church, Barrowford. This years guest artist is local mezzo-soprano SAMANTHA OXBOROUGH, a rising star among young singers who is becoming well known nationally for her fine voice and musicality. Come to the concert and you will not be disappointed. You also have the Arion to entertain you as only they can and tickets, modestly priced at seven pounds 50p, are available from Julie Townson 01282 602083, any choir member or on the door.
Sadly, we have to report the death, on 20th September, of another long-serving and loyal member of the choir, JIM TATTERSALL who died following a freak accident whilst on holiday in Llandudno. Jim was aged 86 and was still an active member of the choir and had been a member for 43 years. The Arion were privileged to sing at his funeral on 1st October at St Luke's Church Brierfield and performed one of Jim's favourites 'Lily of the Valley' as well as Schubert's 'Sanctus'. The second tenor section has lost a good member and we send our condolences to Jim's wife and family.
Choir Chairman, Tony Young, presented his sixth annual report and remarked that even though choir membership is rather low, he still remains a non-singing Chairman.
The statistics for the past year, 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018 are as follows:-
The choir fulfilled 13 engagements during the year, 2 more than last year, but sadly 3 of the engagements were for funerals.
There were 2 social events during the year, an open day at the home of Frank Smith and the Annual Dinner held at Nelson Golf Club in September.
The Choir Committee met on 7 occasions during the year.
The choir currently have 30 members plus Julie and John, comprising 8 First Tenors, 9 Second Tenors, 5 Baritones and 8 Basses.
The choir rehearsed 38 times in the year. Average attendance was 77.25% (81.80% previous year)
Four long serving former members died last year: John Thornton, Ben Clarkson, Peter Ogden and Derek Burnett.
The Chairman thanked all who had contributed to the smooth running of the choir, choir officers and committee members and also thanked Higherford Methodist Church for providing rehearsal facilities.
The choir patrons were also thanked for their support, both financial and as part of our audience.
On the musical side, many thanks to Julie, our Musical Director who has now settled into her role and keeps the choir on their toes. Thanks also to John Taylor our Accompanist and Deputy Conductor and to Chris Dennis our Deputy accompanist. Lastly, thanks to all choir members for their contining commitment to the Choir.
'I mention most years that the membership situation isn't getting much better, and it's no different this year. There is, of coursr, no easy answer to this problem as most organisations (not just Male Voice Choirs)have major difficulties in recruiting new blood. Let us hope that we see some improvrment this year.
That now concludes my report and I hope that you will all enjoy your singing durin the coming year and continue to provide the wonderful music to which we have become accustomed.'
The concert, held at Christ Church Nelson, before a small but discerning audience certainly lived up to expectations. Guest artist BEN JARVIS gave a brilliant display of cornet/trumpet playing. Ben is soon to continue his musical journey by starting his course at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in September and those who have heard him recently have no doubt that he is a star of the future. The choir also performed admirably in the choir-friendly acoustic of Christ Church and the concert as a whole proved to be an uplifting experience.
The choir participated in a concert on the day of the Football World Cup Final and were gratified that an enthusiastic audience turned up to hear them.