Making The News with our Own Kind of Music!

Our recent Making Our Own Kind of Music concert at St Giles’ Church Great Maplestead was a sell-out success and raised money on behalf of the Rotary Club of Halstead and made the news headlines in the Halstead Gazette in their April 27th edition.

The news report told how the Rotary Club of Halstead and The Singers had come together to host a joint concert and raising over £1,000 in aid of Ukraine.

Under the direction of musical director Thomas Duchan, the choir sang a selection of their favourite hits from the 60’s and 70’s to a packed and delightful audience.

Halstead Rotarian Keith Brownlie who was instrumental in organising the event said he was delighted in how everything went.  “There were some brilliant hits from the era, and everyone had a wonderful time” he said.
Guest of Honour, Halstead Mayor, Jackie Pell gave a vote of thanks to the Hedingham Singers, and all involved.
The following week the Halstead gazette published Pat Rudkin’s review in her regular “Curtain Call” column:

The Rotary Club of Halstead chose well when it picked Hedingham Singers for its latest fundraiser.
In a packed St Giles’ Church in Great Maplestead, a copious afternoon tea encouraged further interval generosity for making Our own Kind of Music.
The concert’s ambiguous title allowed music director Thomas Duchan to add his own arrangements to many of the Sixties and Seventies numbers.
Further ingenuity was provided by this polymath musician as he conducted his choir while simultaneously accompanying it on his grandiose keyboard, centre stage as it were balancing the venue’s acoustic beautifully.
I loved the extra dynamics and unexpected cappella lines he added.
Full throated harmony was heard to great effect in hypnotic numbers such as I Will Follow Him from Sister Act.  That said it was the alto section that drew the most enthusiastic audience response with its emotive, less voluminous The Rose.
For those who missed the Singers they are reprising their programme in Gosfield Church on Sunday June 25th when strawberries and prosecco will be on offer.  Mmm!

Pat Rudkin