Christmas Concert 2022
Our annual Christmas Concert at Churston Church in December was attended by a capacity audience. The choir performed a varied selection of Seasonal Songs to a very appreciative audience. The Galliard Recorder Group played atmospheric seasonal music before and during the concert. The choir welcomed a a very talented local based group called Cloud 9 who performed a delightful set with an unusual combination of instruments, harp, bass guitar and recorder. Members of the choir also performed seasonal solos, duets and small ensemble pieces. Poems were read by Alasdair Anderson and Yvonne Brewer. Jude and her husband Ian entertained everyone with an audience participation song which they had. At the end of the concert our outstanding MD Roni, who is standing down as the choir’s MD, was presented with a Theatre voucher as a token of our appreciation for what she has done for the choir.A presentation was also made to Daphne. Members of the Church community provided refreshments during the interval. Proceeds from the concert will be for Churston Church and Choir funds. The choir are pleased to announce that they have appointed a new Musical Director, Jeremy Kenyon, who will be joining them in the New Year.
In September 2021, face to face rehearsals commenced at our new rehearsal venue , The Rugby Club Brixham. It's great to be back singing together. We have welcomed three new members this term and we are still looking to increase our numbers.
Throughout the pandemic Quay Harmony continued to make music together. We met as a group on Zoom led by our superb Musical Director Roni. It was good to meet to improve our vocal technique and to refine songs in our repertoire. During the rehearsals we learn our individual part and sang along to the backing tracks. In December 2020 the choir held a virtual social in the form of a festive quiz. All members dressed up in festive attire and raised a toast wishing everyone A Happy and Healthy 2021.
After a very successful Christmas concert at Brixham Library, we are happy to announce our new term commences next week under the directorship of the wonderful Veronica Layne who happily agreed to become our new musical director last term.
December was a very busy time for us at Quay Harmony. Our first engagement of the festive season was held at Brixham Library where we were joined by the Torbay Galliard Recorder Ensemble. The concert was a complete sell out and from feedback received was deemed to be huge success. It raised a substantial amount of money for The Friends of Brixham Library.
Our next engagement was a performance at The Bird Cage , Brixham which was followed by the Choirs Christmas social.
The Last engagement was at Briham Yacht Club where mulled wine, mince pies and festive carols were enjoyed by all.
In February the choir sang in the entrance to Dartmouth Steam Train, Paignton to welcome and entertain passengers boarding the steam for an evening of music and magic in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.
Activities in December 2018
The choir presented a concert at Lupton House of Christmas music and song on two consecutive nights at the beginning of December. Prior to the concert pre performance music was provided by the Torbay Galliard Recorder Consort. Guest clarinettist was Adrienne Knight, who played a selection of classical and contempory pieces. The Musical Director of the choir performed O Holy Night by Adolf Adams. There were also Christmas songs sung by a trio and quartet made up of members of the choir. The raffle from both evenings raised money for the choir's charity of this year which was the Trinity Foundation Trust. It was a very pleasant evening and well received by the audiences.
The choir joined together for a Christmas meal at Brixham Yacht Club where they sang the following week for the Yacht Club annual Christmas Carol Service.
Quay Harmony Ladies Choir
Singing at the Music & Magic Dartmouth Steam Railway event, in support of Rowcroft on 14th February was a new, exciting experience for the choir and we wish to thank the people who made these lovely comments on Facebook.
“Sat in your compartment for the first section of the journey tonight, enjoyed every second, a fabulous night.”
“We were sat in your last compartment and loved every song. Thank you for making Valentine’s Day special.”
We look forward to singing at more Music & Magic events: at their Summer Singing event and at a Fireworks event in Galmpton on 1st November.
We are honoured to be singing with both of Torbay’s marvellous Male Voice Choirs this year. The choir will be hosting a joint concert with Torbay Police and Community Choir at St Andrews Church Paignton on 16th June and will be guests at a concert with Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir, also at St Andrews, on 20th October.
We apologise to anyone who was looking forward to joining us at the singing workshop on Saturday 27th January. We decided to cancel because there were not many pre-bookings. We will hold other workshops in the future.
Prospective new members are welcome to visit any of our rehearsals on most Tuesday evenings at URC, Bolton Cross between 7pm and 9pm
Firework Display at Galmpton Touring Park
On Thursday 2nd November the choir joined two other local choirs on stage at the first Galmpton firework displayat the Touring Park
St Mary's Flower Festival Concert
Saturday 9th September saw the choir performing alongside Church members at a bi annual concert in St Mary's Church, Brixham to celebrate the end of the flower and craft exhibition. This was a very enjoyable and memorable evening.
A Fun Workshop with Quay Harmony
Our first workshop took place Tuesday 1st August. It was well supported and people travelled from as far away as Chudleigh to join in the fun evening of music making led by our resident conductor Jane Anderson Brown. Positive feedback was given about the evening and further workshops are planned for the future.
Summer Concert at Lupton House
The ballroom at Lupton was the perfect setting for our annual Summer concert. on Friday 23rd June . People enjoyed an evening of music and song with a guest appearance of a talented young local flautist.
Chester Male Voice Choir
On Thursday 1st June Quay Harmony hosted a joint concert with Chester Male Voice Choir at St Andrew's Church , Paignton. This was our first attemp at hosting a visiting choir and the occasion was a great success. Monies raised on the night were donated to Rowcroft . After the concert the choirs retired to the Paignton Rugby Club for refreshments.
St Mary's Church, Churston
The choir entertained an appreciative audience on 6th May, the proceeds of which went to the church fund. The choir's repertouire ranged from Panis Angelicus by Cesar Frank to It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing). Jane Anderson Brown, their conductor, sang a selection of Spring songs. Ewan Gribben gave two sterling performances on his Alto Saxophone and was loudly applauded for his performance. The concert was followed by afternoon tea and cakes.
Rotary Charity Concert
The Choir performed alongside Brixham Town Band and Brixham College Big Band on the stage of Brixham Theatre to raise money for local charities. The concert was well supported.
Wedding at Landscove.
On a sunny April afternoon the Choir were delighted to sing at the wedding of a son of a Choir member. After the ceremony the Choir were invited to partake of drinks and canapes at a venue a short country walk from the church. During this time we were entertained by The Bristol University Chinese Troupe who played and performed a traditional Chinese Wedding Ritual featuring a Chinese Lion.
It was an emotional and memorable occasion.
Busy Time Ahead For Brixham's Quay Harmony. (Article which appeared in April's edition of the Brixham Signal)
Quay Harmony, Brixham based Ladies Choir are busy preparing for their forthcoming Spring and Summer Events. They are directed by their Musical Director the talented Jane Anderson Brown.
They start the season by singing at a Wedding Service in Landscove Chapel, Totnes and on the 22nd April they are participating in the Rotary Club of Brixham's Annual Charity Concert which is being held at the Brixham Theatre. On May 6th Quay Harmony and guests are performing at St Mary the Virgin Church Churston in the afternoon at one of the Churches monthly concerts.
Also in May some of the members will be joining forces with the Torbay Police Male Voice Choir on a trip to Berlin where they will be performing at numerous concert venues.
A first for the choir is arranging a joint concert with a visiting choir, Chester M.V.C. This concert will take place at St Andrews Church Paignton on 1st June.
The choirs Annual Summer Concert is being held at Lupton House on June 23rd.
If you enjoy singing and want to be part of an established and friendly choir do come along to one of our rehearsals which are held weekly on a Tuesday evening at the URC Brixham.
If you require tickets or further information about the choir please ring our Chairperson Janet Pettit on 01803851991.
Wedding at Lupton.
The choir recently sang a selection of music at wedding which took place at Lupton House.
Quay Harmony welcomes New Musical Director.
Jane Anderson-Brown took over as the musical director of Quay Harmony in September 2016. She has had a vast amount of experience in musical directorship in the Torbay area. She holds a Masters Degree in music and is a qualified teacher of voice, flute, saxophone and clarinet. She is also a peripatetic music teacher in a number of Torbay schools.
Quay Harmony's Annual Concert Delights Audience in July 2016
Quay Harmony held their Annual Summer Concert at Lupton House in July. Their guest conductor and soloist was Jane Anderson Brown who led the choir in a wide selection of songs ranging from Opera, Film, Musicals and Popular Classics.They were accompanied on piano by Daphne Murphy.
The choir opened the concert with Nkosi Sikelel I Africa which they sang with confidence and feeling.
Guests of the choir included Zak Olsen who sang Panis Angelicus and The Writings on the Wall, two contrasting pieces which were sung with assurance and maturity, Kim Wilson, a member of the choir who sang with a pure tone an Aria from The Marriage of Figaro which astounded the audience and regular guests, Harping Mad who delighted the audience with a selection of music for Harp, Recorder and Voice.
The money raised from the Raffle, organised by Sue Lund, will go to the choir’s chosen charity for this year, Shoalstone Pool Ltd.
Quay Harmony were also the special guest choir at The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice choir’s Annual Concert held in All Saints Church Brixham.
Ron Burrington conducted both choirs on this occasion.
If you enjoy singing Quay harmony continue to look for new members. They rehearse on a Tuesday evening 7pm-9pm at The Edge in Bolton Street, Brixham.
Contact Chairperson Janet Pettit on 01803851991 for further details.
Brixham Does Care Our Charity for 2015
Quay Harmony,a Brixham based ladies choir chose Brixham Does Care as their charity for 2015/2016.
Janet Pettit, chairperson of the choir presented a cheque for £500 to Martyn Paddon, chairman of Brixham Does Care.
The choir rehearse every Tuesday evening at The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham and are currently seeking to increase the membership of the choir. They are currently rehearsing for their Annual Summer Concert to be held at Lupton House and as guests of The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir on July 16th. The choir's chosen charity for this year is Brixham's Shoalstone Pool.
Photograph taken by Julia Finzel.