Bill’s Blog – November update – hacking and Africa

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Stop Press!!! Quire Web site hacked !!!
The Quire website and the site that Quire set up for founder and director Bill Tamblyn were both hacked in October and had to be suspended. Thanks to rapid responses from our Content Manager we found experts to de-hack (or is it un-hack) the sites and both sites are now clean and sate and up and running again.
Plans for 2016/17
The autumn term concerts already booked for Quire include ‘Mzungu’ – an ‘African- themed’ concert at the Congregational Church in Wivenhoe on Saturday November 5th.  Mzungu is the generic African name for European people in Africa and Quire (being mostly Europeans!) will be singing from their extensive African repertory.

Quire members will appear in the Christmas season at various Christmas Tree Festivals and seasonal celebrations in Colchester. One of these is ‘Music has no borders’. Octavia will be singing from their World Music list – songs from Africa, South America, Holland, France and the West Indies, America with perhaps a seasonal tinge. The concert is at All Saints’, Brightlingsea on Friday December 9th at 7.30pm as part of the Christmas Tree Festival.
(All Saints’ is the ‘church on the hill’ – the first prominent building as you drive in to Brightlingsea. The full Quire sang there recently and the church were hosts in October to the Russian group ‘Resurrection’.)

The main concert will be called And is it true? and is a reflection by Africans and African-Americans on their ‘take’ on the infancy narrative. There are no traditional English Carols because the Africans prefer lots of celebration, angels and – yes! – there are some lovely songs about Mary. This will be on Friday December 16th – at Lion Walk. A Christmas Concert with African drumming… That’ll be different!

(Meanwhile, Quire has featured on the BBC programme ‘Meet my choir’ on BBC Radio 3 with an African setting of the Beatitudes – Balacoolwe)

The Spring Term will feature no African music at all – because, being a World Music Choir, Quire has a hundred or more songs from Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Far East and Russia. So there will be plenty of songs to choose from. Watch this space!

In the Summer there is a trip for Octavia and Towering Angels to Northern France over the weekend of June 2nd – 4th 2017. Planning for this is well under way. We will be singing with Ensemble Vocal Ktema. The basic plan for us is to review the Shout!, Revelation, Pilgrim and Angel Band CDs with a selection of songs that will reflect our interest in French and Scottish song, North and Central American song and some African for our French counterparts to hear.

The end of term concert for Quire will probably be on Friday June 30th

Further ahead: We have a plan to sing at the Hull City of Culture Festivities n the autumn term of 2017