Kibworth Ladies Choir - A very busy 2017!
During 2017 we had the privilege of singing at some wonderful events!
We spent the early part of the year preparing for the ‘We Sing for LOROS’ community choir challenge, which took place in May. This was the third time we had taken part in this great event and we were astounded and delighted when we were announced winners for the second time! One of our songs, Chattanooga Choo Choo, involved us dressing up in 1940s dresses and doing a few dance moves! Singing and moving at the same time was certainly challenging initially, but we soon got the knack and there’s no stopping us now! Thanks to Nikki Blount for her choreography and patience with us -we loved every minute! The evening raised a staggering £11,500 for LOROS and we feel privileged to have been a part of such an amazing event.
During the summer, we performed at the Kibworth Charitable Trust fundraising event in the Grammar School Hall, with some of our members helping to cook burgers, serve drinks and sell raffle tickets in between songs! It was a wonderful day with more funds raised for this great charity.
Following an autumn learning some new Christmas songs and polishing up on those we have sung in the past, our first Christmas ‘gig’ was to sing carols at the turning on of the Christmas Tree lights in Kibworth Harcourt. This has become a bit of a tradition and a wonderful community event. It really marks the start of the festive season for us. Clare and Steve Langan kindly invited us for drinks afterwards where we continued to sing less formally!
The Coach and Horses in Kibworth asked us to join them for their festive evening, when they turned on their Christmas lights. Although only a handful of ladies were available on the night, we still managed to sing our hearts out and enjoy the other performers during the evening.
Our biggest event of the year took place on 12 December when we joined forces with The Burton Overy Spectaculars, to put on a fabulous concert at Leicester Grammar School in Great Glen. The programme comprised each choir singing sets of their own songs, both choirs singing arrangements together, small group items and carols sung by the audience and the choirs together. On this fantastic evening we raised a total of £5,510 for Rainbows Hospice - a charity very close to our hearts.
Having just about recovered from the concert, we were then invited to sing carols on the plaza at the Leicester Tigers match against Munster on Sunday 18 December, and also to sing on the pitch at half time. After a quick soundcheck on the pitch, we made our way to the plaza to do a spot of carol singing, making sure we had plenty of mulled wine to keep us warm! By the time we got on the pitch at half time we were thoroughly warmed up and performed Winter Wonderland to the crowd. Unfortunately, our singing didn’t result in a win for Leicester Tigers, but we’ll hopefully be back next year to spur them on to victory!
We were delighted to be invited to sing again at our next Christmas event on 21 December at St Wilfrid’s Carol Service. Such a beautiful service involving many sections of the community and Church and the Rector Ludger Fremmer accompanied us on guitar as we sang Silent Night - very much a Sound of Music moment!
Finally, we went to sing at Stonton Wyville Church, for their Nine Lessons and Carols service on 22 December. In this small, packed, candle-lit church, we all learned a little bit more about the true meaning of Christmas. Afterwards, we were presented with a £387 cheque for Rainbows, proceeds from the Stonton Wyville produce show, a wonderful and generous gift. This, added to the proceeds from the concert, makes a grand total of £5,897to be presented to Rainbows in the New Year.
So, all in all, a very busy year with lots of money raised for very deserving charities.. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and made 2017 another great year! Look out for what we’re up to in 2018 and come and join us as a choir member or as part of the audience - we’d love to see you! Happy New Year to you all.