Wednesday 11 Dec – Christmas Friends & Family Party!
We made merry at the last session of 2019 with friends & family invited. The format was similar to our enjoyable summer event, singing in the Pavilion then retiring to room E16 in the Music Block for drinks, mince pies and some of Jill’s legendary cakes 😀 . Bridget commented “Very well done on Wednesday evening! It was a fitting end to a great term of singing and it’s been wonderful to welcome so many new members. Your increased confidence in performing was very much in evidence, and I’m looking forward to some more great singing next term.” All credit to Bridget who has done a truly marvellous job of bringing us along during the year and making it such fun too. For the record, our running order was:
1. California Dreamin’
2. Lloyd Webber medley (finishing after “Memory”)
3. Mary’s Cradle Song
4. New Year Carol
5. Away in a Manger
6. Boar’s Head Carol
7. Winter Wonderland
Wednesday 17 July – Family & Friends Evening
Another hugely successful Friends & Family evening was held on the last choir session of the term. It was a great opportunity for members to invite friends and family along to see what we get up to on Wednesday evenings! There was no charge for members or guests for the evening and the format was the same as before: a quick rehearsal from 6.30pm with our guests joining us at 7pm for a half hour performance followed by drinks and snacks, finishing about 8pm. See the Gallery page for a short video from 2018. The running order was:
1. I have a song to sing, o!
2. The Lion King, omitting “The Lioness Hunt” and finishing after “I just can’t wait to be King”
3. Ave Maria
4. O Waly Waly medley
5. Queen medley
We were in the Pavilion building, followed by refreshments in E16 – see our IVC Site Plan if you’re in any doubt!
Wednesday 10 July – in the Red Lion, Histon
We had a lovely members evening get together in the Red Lion after the penultimate session of the term, to welcome our recent new members!
Sunday 30 June – Feast Festival featuring The Impingtones 😎
The High Street was closed for the day for the Feast Festival – this year featuring The Impingtones on centre stage! (well, that is, the stage that’s half way along the High Street 😀 ). The sun shone and we had a really enjoyable time singing some of our favourite songs in 2 sessions (Queen medley, Somethin’ Stupid, Lion King medley, O Waly Waly (The Water is Wide) and Chattanooga Choo Choo … woo woo!). Bridget said “I just wanted to say how well everyone sang at The Feast today. Events like that can be really challenging – strange acoustics, background noise, distractions, spacing etc. – but you all coped brilliantly and performed with great aplomb. I was really proud!”
Saturday 4 May 10:30-1pm – H&I Wellbeing Week stall at St Andrew’s Centre
We held a stall at the Histon & Impington Wellbeing Fair on Saturday 4th May at the St Andrew’s Centre between 10.30 and 1pm, as part of the Village Wellbeing Week from 4th to 12th May. Many thanks to the members who helped talk to visitors to the stall about the fun of belonging to a community choir – no singing involved! Members of the Impingtones committee were there throughout.
Saturday 27 April at 6:30 for 7pm – “Die schöne Müllerin” at Little St Mary’s Church
Bridget performed “Die schöne Müllerin” (The Lovely Mill-Maiden) by Franz Schubert at Little St Mary’s Church, Cambridge with Bridget Hardy (mezzo soprano) and Ralph Woodward (piano). Sparkling wine (included in ticket price) was served from 6.30pm.
Wed 13 March 08:45 – Histon & Impington Infant School Workshop
We were invited to take part in a singing workshop assembly at the Infant School to introduce the children to the fun of being in a choir! We all enjoyed doing our warm-ups and singing Early One Morning, Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Chattanooga Choo Choo, which we sang again as they filed out. A very heart-warming experience!
Saturday 26 January 2019 at 4:30pm – H&I Orchard Wassail 😀
The Impingtones gave voice at the Histon & Impington Community Orchard Project’s annual Winter Wassail in January 2019 to toast the trees (with actual toast 🙂 and have some fun on a winter’s evening!). Everyone had a great time with something out of the ordinary. We sang a couple of songs which, of course, included “I will Give My Love An Apple”! The orchard lies behind Somerset Road, or at the end of Saffron Road if coming from that direction on foot.
Click here for music: Wassail Songs and HICOP Wassail Programme.
Wednesday 12 Dec was party time!
We made merry at the last session of the year with some carol singing gathered round a real piano! We arrived at the usual time of 6:15 to sing from 6:30 but this time in the Music Room at the back of the IVC (E18) for a special Christmas singsong followed by drinks and mince pies, finishing slightly later at 7.45pm.
The Impingtones Survey!!
In order to help the committee make the right decisions to improve everyone’s enjoyment of the choir, we put together a simple (short!) survey to capture your views. Many thanks to those who responded – you could access it here: => Enter Survey 🙂
7:30pm Monday 10 December – Singing Allowed’s Winter Concert
Singing Allowed (Bridget’s Monday Choir) held a very enjoyable free concert of songs from their varied repertoire in their new location at Storey’s Field Centre in Eddington, CB3 1AA. Marvellous refreshments were provided! For more info see: cambridge-singing.weebly.com
2:30pm Saturday 8 December – Carols at Landbeach Tithe Barn
This was not an Impingtones event, but there was carol singing at the Tithe Barn at Landbeach with merry music, mince pies and mulled wine! Address: Opposite No 2. Waterbeach Rd, Landbeach CB25 9FA (follow the uneven grass track). Free road parking.
7:30pm on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November Only – ‘WW1 Voices’
A remarkable storytelling of local people involved in the First World War from actual recordings and letter readings, including: going over the top at the Somme; the horrors of gas; the bizarre events on the Eastern Front in the Italian mountains; and so much more. And, of course, featuring some of our finest singers providing musical links to the narrative!
Saturday 20 Oct at 6pm – Bridget’s Autumn Recital at the Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road
This year’s autumn recital with Bridget Hardy (mezzo soprano) and Ralph Woodward (piano) was at 6pm on Saturday 20 October in the Unitarian Church on Emmanuel Road. A 45-minute programme of richly emotional songs by Vaughan Williams (Five Mystical Songs), Richard Strauss and Mahler (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen = “Songs of a Wayfarer”), with free sparkling wine served from 5.30pm.
Monday 3 Sept – in the Red Lion, Histon
We had a lovely members evening get together in the Red Lion from 6:30pm to start off the new term. The Manor Mill Morris team performed and the Red Lion laid on a Beer Festival especially for us!
Wednesday 11 July – an event with Drinks and Nibbles for Family and Friends!
What a fabulous evening we had! How fantastic to have a real audience and to receive such wonderful feedback from them! It was great fun to sing through all the songs we had been perfecting this term and to entertain our family and friends (so much more satisfying than watching the England-Croatia match!). Our thanks go to Bridget who is a fabulous director, picks great music that works for us and is so encouraging and patient. Thanks also to Colin who is an amazing pianist! Here is a message from Bridget: “I just wanted to say a very big “well done” to all the Impingtones who came and sang on Wednesday. Everyone performed brilliantly, and I felt so proud of what we achieved.”
The background was that we thought it would be lovely to turn the choir session into a social event to which family and friends were invited to hear the pieces we’ve been learning. It was a free evening for choir and guests. After our practice from 6:30 to 7pm, guests arrived at 7.05pm to take their seats. Bridget conducted the choir and we had an accompanist for the evening. The music order was:
- Fields of Gold
- Where’er You Walk
- I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
- I Will Give My Love An Apple
We sang from 7.15 to 7.45 after which there were drinks and nibbles afterwards 😀
Trevor Lee Photography kindly created a brief video of the event for the website, which can be found on the Performances page.
Saturday 21 April, 18:00-18:45 – I hate music! 🙂
Bridget Hardy (mezzo soprano) and Ralph Woodward (piano) will perform a short recital of delicious songs by Parry, Bernstein, Copland and McEnery at the Unitarian Hall, Emmanuel Road, CB1 1JW. Tickets: £10, £5 (students) from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07711 384218 .
Monday 26 March 7:30pm – ‘Singing Allowed’ Easter Concert
Bridget’s Monday choir Singing Allowed performed a free concert of songs from their varied repertoire at the Castle Street Methodist Church in Cambridge to which we were all welcome (their last concert was very good!). Refreshments available after the performance and there was be a retiring collection for charity.
The story behind ‘A New Year Carol’
This was set to music by Benjamin Britten in 1934 from the words of a Walter de la Mere poem for children based on text dating back to 1849. It’s origins are from a Welsh New Year’s Day tradition of sprinkling people with water newly drawn from a well. The term “Levy Dew” is likely from the Welsh “llef y Dduw” (the ‘f’ in Welsh is pronounced ‘v’) meaning “cry to God”, though some suggest it may have French roots. The Fair Maid is possibly a reference to the Roman goddess Aurora, who bears the gold of the sun rising on her head (or possibly chin 🙂 ) and setting on her feet (and toe!) – but that might be stretching it a bit.
See: Levy Dew in Wikipedia.
Saturday 20 Jan 4.30pm – Histon & Impington Community Orchard Wassail !
Just to let you know that HICOP are planning their annual wassail on Saturday 20th January at 4.30pm at the Community Orchard. The wassail involves singing to the trees to encourage them to bare good fruit in the coming year (well, worth a try!). We are not planning to sing as a choir at this wassail but may consider it for 2019.
Wednesday 13 December from 6pm – Christmas Sing-Song at The Meadows Community Centre
This was great fun last year. Please arrive by 6:15 to start singing at 6.30 and remember your music folder! Family and Friends are very welcome. Christmas hats provided! Bridget will be there to lead us and the singing will be followed by drinks and mince pies 🙂
The Meadows Community Centre is on St Catherine’s Road at the top of Arbury Road (and is part of Impington from the pre-A14 boundary).
Saturday 4 Nov at 6pm – Bridget’s autumn concert at the Unitarian Hall, Emmanuel Road
(Finishing just in time to slip across to the Midsummer Common Fireworks or head back for the IVC ones!). Bridget Hardy (mezzo soprano) and Ralph Woodward (piano) create “Memories Long in Music Sleeping” – a short recital of gorgeously wistful songs for an autumn evening. Includes music by Howells, Head and Schoenberg. Free sparkling wine will be served from 5.30pm. Tickets £10 (£5 students) from email@example.com
Monday 17 July 7:30pm for approx. 1 hour – ‘Singing Allowed’ Summer Concert
Bridget’s Monday choir Singing Allowed are performing a “free concert of songs from our varied repertoire” at the Castle Street Methodist Church in Cambridge to which we are all welcome (can’t believe they’re up to our standard but do go along and find out! 🙂 ). Refreshments available after the performance and a retiring collection will be donated to The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
Saturday 15 July from 6pm onwards – Impingtones Summer BBQ 😎
Whoopee ! … it’s the Impingtones Summer BBQ on Saturday 15 July from 6pm at Sue’s house. There’s no need to bring anything … apart from your music folder as we intend to have a little sing-song! But don’t worry, Bridget will be there to guide us and there’s honestly no pressure to take part if you would rather not. Please feel free to bring a friend, relative, partner, colleague, etc if you would like.
We do need to know numbers in advance so please complete the Doodle Poll below. Please include both your name and that of anyone you are bringing (you will need to enter the poll twice to do this).
We look forward to seeing you all there! 🙂
(Parking is limited but there should be no problem parking at the IVC.)
Saturday and Sunday 24/25 June – Impington Gardens!
Trevor and Philippa are opening their garden at 3 Cooke Walk along with gardens (and windmill !) at The Windmill and 5 The Crescent from 11am to 5pm, under the National Garden Scheme. Tasty cakes, savoury rolls, tea and coffee will be available with a fun garden trail for children, and plants on sale for avid gardeners. All profits go to charities. Full details at: https://impington-gardens.com
Tuesday 23 May at 6.30pm – Cambridge Guided Tour (1½ hours)
We have booked a tour of Cambridge for the choir, through Cambridge Tour Guides www.cambridgetourguide.co.uk. Our blue-badge guide, Tony Rodgers, will bring the city to life with stories about its past. The tour meets at the Tourist Information Centre on Pease Hill (alongside the Guildhall) at 6:30. Places are limited to 20 so please book as soon as possible via the doodle poll here. The cost is £5 per person (to be paid later). Do add your name to the list even if there are already 20 people, as we’ll keep a reserve list and organise another tour.
Sunday 21 May at 3.30pm – Bridget’s concert at the Unitarian Hall, Emmanuel Road
Bridget Hardy (mezzo soprano), Ralph Woodward (piano) and Sara Morrison (alto saxophone)
A short concert to celebrate the music of Europe (including works by R. Strauss, Schubert, Fauré and József Balogh)
£10 (£5 students/under-18s) including a glass of wine/soft drink served from 3.00pm
Available on the door or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert in aid of Disasters Emergency Committee.
Saturday 22 April at 5:30pm for 6pm – Bridget’s concert at the Unitarian Hall
Bridget is singing at the Unitarian Hall, Emmanuel Road, Cambridge in a short recital of English songs to celebrate the arrival of spring by Bridget Hardy (mezzo soprano) and Ralph Woodward (piano) with music by Britten and Vaughan Williams. Tickets £10 (includes glass of sparkling wine, served from 5.30) available on the door or by emailing email@example.com