Last night at rehearsal the ladies all arrived in their choir uniform so we could take an updated photograph to help promote some forthcoming events.
Our next concert is in Devizes at the Corn Exchange on 24 October when we will be singing alongside Grenville Jones and his Devizes Good Afternoon Choir. A week later, the Pewsey Belles will be singing as part of the the Pewsey Carnival Gala Concert, for which this photo was requested.
There was a buzz of excitement around the room as everybody gathered together for our first rehearsal after our summer break, as we were all keen to catch up and sing again. With two daytime concerts coming up in the first week back, we very soon launched into the songs we had learned in the spring to see how much we had remembered.
Luckily for most of us it all came back to us, and our choirmaster Jules wasn’t too scathing. (To have him not scathing at all would make us think he was unwell or had been replaced with a replica and we’d all be a bit nervous!) It was good to be back, and we have been told we will be learning new songs in the next couple of weeks so if anybody wants to see if the Pewsey Belles is for them, now is a good time to join.
We meet on a Tuesday night in the Methodist Hall, Pewsey (to be ready to sing*) at 7.30pm till 9, and some of us go home feeling purged and there’s always some of us who have a drink afterwards in the Royal Oak.
*It would be nice if the ladies were ready to sing at 7.30pm! Realistically there is so much chatting and gossiping we never start much before 7.35pm… (Choirmaster)
The Pewsey Belles will start rehearsals again on Tuesday 1 September and have a busy few months leading up to Christmas.
Our first event is to sing at the Alzheimers Cafe in East Grafton and the repertoire will include:
This Little Light of Mine
Say a Little Prayer
Bridge over Troubled Water
Something inside so Strong
May it Be
Hallelujah Get Happy
The ladies will then start rehearsing for a concert in Devizes on 24 October alongside Grenville Jones’ Good Afternoon Choir. At that concert the ladies will be singing:
Hallelujah Get Happy
Something inside so strong
One Day like this
Heaven Help us All
Bridge over Troubled Water
Let me Go
If you like the sound of this and want to join us then please come along to one of our rehearsals in September which start at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. For further details please contact our Choirmaster Jules Addison on 07855 275353 or click here to email us.
On Sunday 12 July, the Pewsey Belles were on stage as part of the Swindon Choir Festival which took place at the Bowl in the Old Town Gardens.
This event was the idea of Lynette Corengia who sings in the GWH Choir and was designed to help raise money for the Open Door Charity which has recently lost some of its funding. The ladies had a 30 minute slot during the afternoon. Some of the songs included: Bridge over Troubled Water, Something Inside So Strong, May it Be and Hallelujah Get Happy.
The Pewsey Belles were singing as 1 of 4 choirs under the direction of Jules Addison, their Musical Director and as such had the opportunity to sing alongside two of Jules’ other choirs. First they sang ‘This Little Light of Mine’ with the GWH Trust Choir from the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. The Pewsey Belles ended their set by singing Anthem alongside Cirencester Male Voice Choir which was a rousing sound of nearly 70 voices on stage.
The British weather decided to make itself known and it rained quite heavily for most of the afternoon. Despite this there was a good audience throughout the Pewsey Belles set and initial estimates suggest the event raised over £1000 for charity.
After a very busy and successful year in 2014, the Belles are already planning for the year ahead.
With a number of concerts already in the pipeline, the ladies are busy learning new repertoire for 2015. Some of the new songs we are learning include:
Nobody Does it Better
Anthem from Chess
With a repertoire of some 60 songs now, there is also a plan to look back at some songs which haven’t appeared in a concert programme since 2011! Some of these songs include Bridge over troubled water and Over the Rainbow to name but a few.
Now is a great time to join the Pewsey Belles. New members are always welcome, just come along on a Tuesday evening to find out more.
Now a regular event in the Pewsey Belles calendar, the ladies once again donned several layers of clothing to stand outside singing carols at the Burbage Christmas tree sale.
If you live anywhere near Burbage, Marlborough, this is ‘the’ place to get your Christmas tree and I have it on good authority that people travel quite some distance to secure one of the trees. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the tree sale in Burbage and it was bigger than ever with more stalls and seemingly even more people than before.
The Pewsey Belles sang a selection of carols and Christmas songs for about 45 minutes before retiring to the church hall for much needed warm mulled wine! After a short break the choir then sang again for another 45 minutes to a gathering crowd. As well as a few traditional carols the programme included:
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Harold Darke’s in the bleak mid winter
During the second half of the event the ladies were recorded singing Oh Little town of Bethlehem which was subsequently broadcast on BBC Wiltshire.
The Pewsey Belles will be singing again at the Burbage Christmas Tree Sale in 2015.
Nowadays as soon as you mention “ladies choir” most people imagine the Military Wives, largely because of their popularity and celebrity status afforded by the television. The typical alternative to “The Wives” is a vision of grey hair shuffling onto the stage in long black dresses clutching folders ready to sing an entire oratorio for the next 2 hours. If you fall into one of these two camps, then prepare to welcome something entirely new. The Pewsey Belles, under the direction of Choirmaster Jules Addison have virtually re-invented the concept of what a Ladies Choir should be about.
Welcome on stage 45 ladies in a vision of black and pink. The show started with a single voice singing, from just off stage, the opening of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. As the choir joined in the benefit of the Abbey’s fantastic acoustic was quickly apparent.
As the concert developed it soon became apparent that the evening was more than just a Ladies choir singing. The evening was a huge variety of songs and included 2 solo’s, a trio, and songs from the Pewsey Bellettes which is a ladies barbershop group. No outside singers were brought in on this occasion which shows once again just how much talent there is amongst this group of 45 ladies.
Rehearsing in Amesbury Abbey
The standing ovation at the end of the concert was testimony to the quality of the performance and shows how far the choir has come in the last 3 years.
If you would like the Pewsey Belles to put on an event at your church or local event then please contact the choirmaster.
Last Saturday the Pewsey Belles took part in a fundraising concert for Oare Primary School. The choir has an increasing number of members who have children at Oare Primary and as such felt it was a very important event to attend.
The concert started with “Look at the World” by John Rutter which our choirmaster, Jules Addison, had arranged so that it could be sung jointly by pupils at Oare School as well as the Pewsey Belles. This was of course very popular with the parents (who made up a lot of the audience) and the children sang extremely well.
There were then a number of songs from the Pewsey Belles which included:
Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen (Soloist – Harriet McCullough)
Can you Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John (from the Lion King)
I dreamed a dream – Claude-Michel Schonberg (from Les Miserables)
Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary (Karl Jenkins)
Make You Feel my Love – Bob Dylan
The Rose – Amanda Broom
Somewhere Out There – James Horner (from An American Tail)
Irish Blessing (Bob Chilcott)
Say a Little Prayer – Burt Bacharach
Time to Say Goodbye – Francesco Sartori
The evening was a great success and from donations at the end raised a total of £600 towards the Oare Primary School Buildings appeal.