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Oct
12

Bill’s Autumn update

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The end of term concert for Quire was on Friday June 30th at 7.30pm in the Swinburne Hall of Colchester Institute. This is an old hunting ground for Bill as he was head of music and latterly professor of music there for just under 30 years. The programme – Breaking ... Continue

Jun
12

Bill’s Summer Update

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The Spring Term featured no African music at all!! As a World Music Choir, Quire has a hundred or more songs from Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Far East and Russia. We did a concert of the North American songs (American Dream) on March 31st at Wilson Marriage School at 7.30pm. ... Continue

Oct
28

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 ... Continue

Sep
16

Bill’s Blog – the new Quire year 2016/17

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Rather good news is that, having re-pressed Pilgrim – our first CD, we now need to re-press Festival – our second CD. Don’t forget Shout! and Revelation! are still available, and the recently released Angel Band which featured the music of the two smaller groups from Quire – Octavia and ... Continue

Jun
11

Bill’s Blog – Spring 2016 to a French Spring 2017?

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Review: Octavia, one of our small groups, had a concert at the Nottage Institute in Wivenhoe to celebrate Woman’s Day on March 5th. This included songs from Syria and Afghanistan. Several other concerts followed on similar theme. For more details about Octavia contact Lesley Croxford: octavia@quire.org Both the small groups, Octavia and ... Continue

Jan
8

Bill’s Blog – Autumn 2015 and into 2016

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Autumn 2015 On October 10th we had an open morning for the public - a Quire Workshop at Slack Space, Colchester. Slack Space has moved to Piatto Café for these events. We had 8 or 9 members of the public join us and certainly, apart from the pleasure of singing our ... Continue

Oct
25

Bill’s Blog – Recent Work and Future Gigs – update November 2015

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Autumn 2015 The long-awaited  CD Revelation  is available. £10 On  October 10th we had an  open morning for the public  - a Quire Workshop at Slack Space. Slack Space has moved to Piatto Café for these events. We had 8 or 9 members of the public join us and certainly, apart from ... Continue

May
23

Spring 2015 to December

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Spring 2015 - a review of recent work The Music of Revolution - March 20th at Lion Walk with visuals provided by Dorian Kelly. A small audience, rather left-wing in feel, but great fun to do and got us more support. Octavia appeared at the Women’s Rights Day at Wivenhoe Nottage Institute ... Continue

Jan
31

Recent Work And Future Gig

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 Autumn – 2014  - a review of recent work    We  began with a Slack Space Saturday morning ‘promo’ event which attracted a number of new people but they were only really interested in having a sing on that day and few joined choir on a more permanent basis.  Later in ... Continue

Sep
17

Recent Work and Future Gigs – May 2014 to Summer 2015!

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In May we went to the London Sangerstevne – an international singing event for community choirs. Enormous fun – and great to hear choirs from around Europe. We noted that we were unique in our repertoire… and we are now practiced in singing without music. We recorded in St Botolph’s for ... Continue