The Kingdom Singers
Monday, 3rd October 2016 Baldridgeburn Community Centre
Present: Elizabeth Brown, Susan Reid, Heather Steward, Marion Cane,
Fiona Caines, Ann Duly, Catriona Hughes, Ian Simpson, Derek Deans,
Peter McMullan, Hamish Baillie,Wilma Baillie and Morris Comerie.
Apologies from: Elaine McNicoll, Janie Sim and Douglas Reid, along with apologies from five Associate Members.
The minutes from the AGM of 2015 were approved and proposed by Elizabeth and seconded by Catriona.
The chair, Derek, mentioned the sad and unexpected loss of Alan Sweeney and Margaret Kennedy. He told the audience of our involvement at both their funerals.
Derek then explained Connie's decision to leave the choir. Catriona told us Connie has settled in her new home and joined another choir and we wished her good luck.
We also were told of Gillian leaving the choir, but were reminded of our new member to the soprano section, Fiona Caines.
Derek mentioned the possible recruitment of new members – 12 people have shown an interest – who have been invited to come along on Monday, 10th, with a view to an audition, should they wish to join the choir. He also gave thanks to all who had promoted the recent drive for new recruits, in particular, Susan and Elizabeth.
It is very likely we will have two separate rehearsal days in 2017 at Pettycur Bay.
A joint Christmas Concert with The Rosyth Concert Band is planned for Friday, 9th December. As we are not having an Associate Members' Concert this year, the Associate Members will be given complimentary tickets to this Christmas Concert.
The choir's Christmas meal will be held in the Pitfirrane Golf Club, on Monday, 12th December.
Derek welcomed our new accompanist, Wilma Baillie. He also thanked Morris for the extra commitment he has given to the choir since the loss of Margaret.
Musical Director’s report
Hamish mentioned our successful concerts in 2015/2016, including the experience and outcome of the joint Christmas Concert with The Rosyth Concert Band. He added that he hoped the concert this year will be as enjoyable.
He spoke of the concert in St. Margaret's Church, in aid of the Syrian refugees, the concert in Inverkeithing Parish and the Springtime Serenade which was held in St. Margaret's Church this year. He reminded us we will be returning to The Carnegie Annexe in May 2017.
Plans for 2017 include concerts in March and April at St. Margaret's Church and St. Ninian's.
Hamish also thanked Susan and Elizabeth for their hard work in advertising and encouraging new members to come forward.
Derek then suggested the choir resumes participating in the Edinburgh Festival in 2017. He reminded us of the income it provides for our funds.
The treasurer, Susan, mentioned fewer concerts meant fewer donations.
She said the “Bonus Ball” had been quite successful financially, but needed someone to take over the responsibility for this activity.
Susan reminded people to make use of the cashback for our funds from online shopping. Details of this can be accessed through the website, “Easy fundraising”, with instructions on the website, Facebook and directly by emailing the choir.
Associate Members' Report
Elizabeth told us that Janie Sim is now Associate Members' Secretary but she will help with the administration side of the role.
Because of rising costs, the fees will increase to £10 per Associate Member and are now due.
She thanked all Associate Members for their continued support and input at concerts.
All current office bearers are willing to continue in their role for 2016/2017.
Final word from Hamish
Hamish has offered to give a concert in memory of Margaret Kennedy, at her church, St. Leonard's. He is awaiting a reply from the minister.
The meeting concluded and was followed by tea, biscuits and singing!
22 Abington Road,
9th September 2016
Dear Associate Member,
This is my first letter to you in my position as Associate Members' Secretary. I hope this finds you in good health having enjoyed a reasonably warm summer.
We have had a very sad few months with the unexpected deaths of our dear friends, Alan Sweeney and Margaret Kennedy, leaving us all shell shocked. They are sadly missed.
Dates for your diary:
*AGM on Monday 3rd October at 7.30 pm in Baldridgeburn Institute.
*Combined Christmas Concert with Rosyth Concert Band on Friday 9th Dec ember at 7.30 pm in the United Reform Church, Dunfermline.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances this year, we cannot have an Associate Members' Concert. Instead we would like to offer you a complimentary ticket for the Christmas Concert, as mentioned above, which will be available at the door for you on the evening of the concert.
Now for the bad news. With rising stationery and postage costs, we are having to increase membership to £10 per person. We have managed to keep it at £8 for several years so hope you understand the need for the increase.
We look forward to you renewing your annual membership and would like to thank you for your continuing support to The Kingdom Singers.
Kindest regards,Janie Sim (Associate Members' Secretary)
If you enjoy our music, why not consider becoming an Associate Member?
Associate Members are a much valued extension of the Kingdom Singers and as such receive reduced price entry to our Springtime Serenade Concerts, free admission to our Winter Concert and two newsletters a year to keep you up to date with what the choir is doing. We also host an Associate Members' evening in March where you have the chance to come along and sit in on our rehearsal. At present we have over 60 Associate Members.
Cost for the year is just £10 payable in August/September.
If interested, please contact: Janie Sim (Associate Members' Secretary) on:
Email: [email protected]
We hope to welcome you soon.