Kingdom Singers

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Spring Concerts May 23rd and 24th May 2019 - Gillespie Church, Dunfermline

Our first Spring Concerts with our new MD - Willie Campbell with Robert Gardner accompanying us.  A formidable team!!!    Sadly we were short of two of our sopranos due to personal circumstances, but we managed but we missed them!!!   Our new repertoire for this season was well received by both audiences .  On Thursday 23rd we were delighted to share a lovely Chilcott song with the choir from a local Primary School  - Touch .  The song was "Like a Singing Bird" and the children were amazing - completely unphased by our choir joining in half way through with a completely different song (My Love is Like a Red Red Rose).  They were so good we asked them to do it twice.  They also sang a lovely song called "Fire" with great enthusiasm.  It was a privilege to have them share the concert with us.  Unfortunately they were not able to join with us on the Friday but we still seemed to please our audience.  Our programme was a mix of lots of different styles of song and we had solos from Susan,  Elaine, Ian, Linda, Elaine and Janie and a quartet (Janie, Elaine, Ian and WIllie).   Lots of chat with our audience during the interval  refreshments.  Of course, Friday was followed by our choir party - we even had some entertainment from Caitlin, the daughter of Heather, one of our altos - maybe a future Kingdom Singer??


Denny Westpark Church Guild - Tuesday 14th May 2019

We had a lovely time in Denny tonight - a lovely welcoming audience who happily joined in when asked to!  We were delighted to have Janet Barbour play for us at this concert.   Considering we only had one rehearsal with her - she was amazing and coped with all our little blips!  We had solos from Susan, Ian, Janette, Elizabeth and Elaine and took the opportunity to try some of our 2019 repertoire before our annual Spring Concerts.  We were provided with a lovely tea after the concert. Thanks to the Guild ladies for a lovely evening.

Townhill Church Guild - Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

One of our favourite places to have a concert.  We have visited Townhill Church many times over the years and it is always a pleasure to return.  A familiar, welcoming audience and we thoroughly enjoyed singing our recent repertoire for them.  We had solos from Janie, Janette, Elizabeth, Elaine and Linda and we had a very welcome supper in the Church Hall afterwards.    Overall, a very happy evening for all of us!

Christmas Concert - Gillespie Church, Dunfermline - 13th December 2018

A full house tonight in Gillespie Church - well, downstairs was full with an overspill into the balcony!   A wonderful evening of Christmas music - lots of community singing and choral pieces.  Our new tenor, David gave a lovely recitation and we had a few solos.   The atmosphere in the Church was lovely - just perfect in the run up to Christmas.

North Queensferry - 25th October 2018

Our first time at this Church and we enjoyed the concert.  We sang a range of songs we had learned last season and it was lovely to be able to sing them again.   We had solos from  Janette and Linda with a duet from Elizabeth and Susan.   

St Margaret's Church, Touch, Dunfermline - 5th April, 2017

Another lovely concert tonight at St Margaret's Church in Touch.  This was for a fundraiser for the Women's Guild and we were made very welcome by the audience.  We were missing Heather and Fiona, but otherwise a full turnout of singers.  We had lovely solos from Elizabeth, Linda and Janette this time.  We also realised Hamish has been our MD for five years now - doesn't time fly when you are having fun!!!!  We are now getting prepared for our own concerts in May in the Music Annexe at the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on 25th and 26th May.

St Ninian's Church, Dunfermline  15th March, 2017

An excellent concert in St Ninian's church, Dunfermline.  We had a great audience who seemed to enjoy everything.  Lovely solos from Janette and Elizabeth and a piano duet from Hamish and Wilma.  We were missing Linda, Lorna, Fiona, Heather and Sandra though - roll on our next one!

Springtime Serenades - St Margaret's Church, Touch 27th & 28th May 2016

Two successful concerts in St Margaret's Church.  We were unable to book our usual venue - the Music Institute - this year, but we were happy to be back in Touch.    This was a poignant set of concerts as we missed Alan terribly but we feel he would have been very proud of us.  The first half of the concert comprised songs Alan liked to sing, and our newer songs were sung in the second half.  We had solos from Ann, Ian, Susan, Marion, Janie, Elizabeth and Elaine.   Thanks to all who came along to these concerts - our Saturday audience was a little smaller than we hoped, but we still enjoyed it (and hopefully so did the audiences!).   We had a little after-show party which was a good chance to catch up with each other socially.   We now start to plan our repertoire for next year and are looking forward to a wee rest then back to the grind!

Inverkeithing Parish Church 14th April 2016P

Another great evening at Inverkeithing Parish Church singing at a fund raising event. Our new soprano Fiona did really well, managing a few of our songs, despite having only joined the choir a few weeks ago. Solos from Marion and Elizabeth who incidentally were married there in 1978 (although to Dave and Keith not each other)! Our quartet - Elaine, Susan, Ian and Peter sang 'Can you feel the love tonight' and the whole evening was rounded off with a most welcome cup of tea and cakes. Thank you ladies for asking us.

Concert in townhill church 7th march 2016

A wonderful evening singing at one of our favourite venues, Townhill Church. Such a warm welcome back with an amazing tea after the concert.  Lovely solos from Ian, who is an elder there and Janette.  Missing Elaine who was just back from her holiday down under. The choir managed a few 'hot off the press'  songs, which we have literally just learned and which seemed to go down really well. Thank you Townhill, both for the lovely tea and for making us so welcome.. We look forward to the next time we are with you.....

joint christmas concert with rosyth concert band - 7th December 2015

A spectacular joint concert with Rosyth Concert Band in The United Reform Church where a wonderful evening was had by all. The band and the choir had two sets each then performed three Christmas numbers together to round off the concert. Hamish did us all proud by not only conducting us, but also the whole band for one of our joint songs. The church was packed and the whole evening was performed by candlelight - luckily Susan managed to get us battery lights so we could read our music!! We really missed Gillian who couldn't manage due to the Forth Road Bridge closure.

Many thanks to Rosyth Concert band for asking us to be part of this special evening and for United Reform church for not only having us, but for providing a lovely spread during the interval. Hopefully it may be repeated next year? 

 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS' INVITATION CONCERT - 19th November 2015

A fun evening for our Associate Members in Baldridgeburn Institute on Thursday evening. The night consisted of a couple of our  'favourite' songs, two of the new songs we are learning then a varied selection of Christmas songs. Solos were performed by Marion, Elaine, Alan, Ian, Elizabeth and Janette with Susan, Elaine, Ian and Peter singing their lovely quartet again. Missing Janie who unfortunately couldn't manage. The evening was rounded off with soft drinks, shortbread and mince pies and the chance to socialise with our Associate Members. Thanks to all Also, a big welcome to our three new Associate Members who joined on Thursday night! We look forward to seeing you at all our future events.

 

concert in Henderson house - 7th November 2015

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A great afternoon at Henderson House in Dalgety Bay where our small group entertained residents and guests. This was for the final celebration of Dalgety Bay’s 50th Anniversary.

The group consisted of Ann, Catriona, Connie, Elaine, Elizabeth, Janie, Marion, Alan, Derek and Ian with Margaret and Morris on piano. The soloists all did two songs each and though small in number, we even managed quite a few of the more difficult choir pieces. Morris played a medley of Elvis songs which went down well with the audience and both he and Margaret coped brilliantly with what was quite a long programme.

Thank you Henderson House for asking us and for providing the most welcome refreshments during the interval.

 

 

 

Charity concert for Syrian refugees - 29th October 2015

A wonderful evening singing in Elizabeth's church, St Margaret's, where the amazing sum of £722 was raised for The Barnabus Fund. Lots of familiar, friendly faces in the packed church which looked spectacular as their flower festival was in full swing.  Missing Janette and Susan who  unfortunately couldn't manage due to illness. Solos from Janie and Elizabeth with Ann and Alan singing one of their duets. A huge thank you to everyone who came along and gave so generously and to  St Margaret's Church for asking us...

Next concert for the full choir is on November 19th for our Associate members with the small group performing in Henderson House, Dalgety Bay on Saturday 7th November.

Dalgety bay - 26th Sept 2015

Wonderful afternoon singing in Dalgety Bay Church for a celebration of 50 years of The Bay. Fantastic audience with a wonderful afternoon tea. Solos from Marion, Elaine, Elizabeth and a duet  from Ann and Alan.  Missing Gillian as she was unwell. Thank you Dalgety Bay for hosting such a great afternoon. 

Edinburgh fringe concert in St Cuthbert's church aug 29th 2015

Our second year at the Fringe tonight. Thanks to all who came along and supported us. We had a ball! Sorry we didn't have Gillian and Janie - we missed you !

springtime serenade concerts May 30th- 31st May 2015

Two great evenings of concerts. We have uploaded some of our songs to YouTube for those of our friends who couldn't manage to come along. There are links to them on our website through our Hear our Music page.. This will be updated as the uploads are added.

Oakley church afternoon tea - April 25th 2015

Fantastic afternoon singing in Oakley Church at their Spring Tea. No Hamish and only six singers - Elaine, Janette, Janie, Elizabeth, Alan and Peter with Margaret accompanying, but we managed to get through a good few choir pieces and a solo each. A wonderful audience of around 100 and a delicious afternoon tea to round things off. Thank you Oakley..

 

Charlestown Concert 29th March 2015

Wonderful evening on Friday, singing in the Queens Hall, Charlestown at a fundraising event which raised £500 for the hall renovations. Missing Gillian, also Janie who is still on holiday and Susan and Douglas who were treading the boards in Edinburgh performing 'Pirates of Penzance'. Good though to welcome back Peter after his travels. Solos from Marion, Janette and Elizabeth all rounded off with a most welcome glass of wine and delicious shortbread. Fantastic audience and all round very successful evening.. Thank you Charlestown for inviting us back!

associate members' social

Our Associate Members' Social took place on 16th February in Baldriidgeburn Institute. A great evening which started with a short rehearsal followed by a spot of audience participation. The music for two of the new songs we are learning was handed out to everyone and we carried on with the rehearsal, but this time with everyone joining in. It all sounded really good - maybe we should be thinking about some new recruits to the choir?!? A much welcome cup of tea was followed by a music quiz which Derek, our chairman, had put together. Hamish's team won hands down, winning the prestigious prize of a box of Maltesers! A big thank you to all our Associate Members who came along and made the whole evening such a success!

rehearsal day 7th feb 2015

Our second trip to Edinburgh Zoo for a day of rehearsing. This is a super venue with a lovely big room with a wonderful view and, for the second year, we have had beautiful sunshine. We covered a lot of work today and finished up quite exhausted. A big thank you to Hamish, Margaret and Morris for all their hard work and of course to Gillian for organising the day for us. She arranged a visit to the Koalas with a very informative talk to boot. Lovely lunch and a lot of catching up with each other. A great day and already looking forward to next year!!!!!!

Christmas concert 9th December 2014

Christmas concert last night in St Andrews Erskine Church. Lovely to see so many of our Associate Members there. Great audience participation! We had a lovely solo from Elizabeth (Let it Snow). Some wine and shortbread shared at the end so a good chance to catch up with everyone. Christmas party next week at Pitfirrane Golf Club then a well earned Christmas break.

Concert in leslie 13th March 2015

Super concert tonight in Leslie. Lovely church to sing in. A good mix of older and new songs with solos from Alan and Elaine and a duet from Elizabeth and Susan. We were missing Janie and Peter tonight but of course we are sure they were with us in spirit!!! Looking forward to our next concert in two weeks' time.

St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh - Festival Fringe Saturday 16th August 2014

A new venture for us this year.  We booked a slot a the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in St Cuthbert's Church.  We had our concerns as there are so many options for people and we were not sure how good an audience we would attract.  However - it was wonderful!   Hamish came from a family wedding (thanks Hamish!!!) and was dressed in full kilt which coincidentally matched our colour scheme - he might have started a trend!   We had good audiences for both performances and excellent feedback.  Some people came into the church in response to the advertising and some came having seen it on Facebook.  Of course, we had a few of our loyal associate members there too.  A few foreign tourists joined the audience and their feedback was very positive.  It was a long stand for us - two one hour performances with no break and no seats and as a result we were exhausted, but elated as well!   Thanks to all who came along and supported us.

Townhill Church, Dunfermline 17th March 2014

Another great evening on Monday in Townhill Church, Dunfermline where we were singing for their Guild fundraising event. We had such a warm welcome with a delightful audience as always.

 

 Solos from Peter who sang his lovely Irish song – very appropriate as it was St Patrick’s Day and Ian Simpson who sang ‘Some Enchanted Evening’.  Ian is a member of Townhill church so his song was especially well received. We missed Susan and Douglas who unfortunately couldn’t manage.

 

There was a huge spread (as always) after the concert with lots of home baking which was very much appreciated!

 

Just one more concert to go now before our Springtime Serenade Concerts in May….

Trinity Church Leslie 28th February 2014

Concert in Leslie tonight.  We had solos from Peter who sang a very poignant Irish song and Janette who cried us a river.   We were missing Derek, Andrew and Janie tonight but we had a very receptive audience.  Susan led off with a very hasty exit but this didn't seem to be noticed by the audience!    A lovely tea provided by the ladies of the church and generally a good night had by all!

Rehearsal Day Edinburgh Zoo 1st February 2014

A wonderful day in the Mansion House in Edinburgh Zoo, organised by Gillian.   What a lovely building and a wonderful view from our window.  However, we were soon down to business and were distracted from the view fairly quickly!  The day was interspersed with coffee and biscuits, a very enjoyable lunch and coffee and cakes in the afternoon.   We also had a visit to see the pandas and that was the highlight for most of us!    We managed lots of photographs and we had a very informative talk from one of the guides.  Then it was back to work - we missed the penguin parade because we were too busy concentrating.   We consolidated a few of our songs and we feel we are more ready for our May concerts now.   Onwards and upwards !!!!

Benachie Music Institute, Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline 5th December 2013

We had a great concert in the Benachie Music Institute at the Carnegie Hall tonight.  We changed the format a bit this year - mainly due to the amount of food waste we had when we set out tables with food.   We reverted to the format from the May concerts with a Christmas twist and we had wine, shortbread, mince pies, chocolate biscuits, savoury cheese nibbles in a buffet form and this seemed to be a success.   It gave us more of an opportunity to chat to our associate members which is always good.  We didnt have Janette tonight a she isn't well and we had Susan back in the fold just in time!   The concert was good fun.  We had a duet from Susan and Elizabeth - Christmas Chopsticks and there has to be a mention to Margaret for the speed which which she played the second time round!!  A good mix of older and new songs - some words not quite as well learned as we hoped but a great opportunity to sing them to our understanding friends.   During a performance of O Holy Night Elaine and Peter sang a verse each and it was a lovely performance of this beautiful song.  Hamish entertained us with a couple of little Christmas stories and gave us a lot of information about our songs - it is good to hear the history of the muic we sing.  We had a good turnout of our associate members and a lot of extra people, some of whom became associate members on the night.   Next year is our twenty year anniversary and it was good to have Arthur Sutton, our founder, in the audience.   He and Pam support us at most of our public concerts and we cant believe we have been going for twenty years now.  We have to applaud Ann and Susan's longevity and tenacity at sticking with the choir!

St Andrew's Erskine Church, Dunfermline - 11th November 2013

A wonderful concert this evening in St Andrew's Erskine Church, Dunfermline - third time we have been there in just over a year. We had a big audience including quite a few Associate Members. Marion's solo "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" went down really well as always as did Hamish's stories. Some of our songs seemed to be more emotive than usual due to the fact it was Armistice Day - quite a few hankies were observed! The evening was rounded off with a most welcome cup of tea for everyone.....
 

Culross Abbey - 9th November

Another great concert tonight in Culross Abbey with a small but very appreciative audience. Susan, Janette and Jean not with us, but the choir sang really well in such an impressive venue. No solos as such, but Marion sang the first verse of  'The Lord's My Shepherd' beautifully.

Hamish had some very poignant anecdotes and Morris performed two organ solos - 'The Trumpet Voluntary' and 'The Dambusters' March' which were just magnificent and went down a 'bomb'!!.

Only a day's rest until our next concert on Monday....

Queen's Hall, Charlestown 4th October 2013

We had a lovely concert in Charlestown tonight.  Fairly big audience who seemed to enjoy our programme.   We had a few little blips which seemed to be due to the way we placed ourselves, but once we worked out how to get round the problem, we were on a roll!   A solo from Marion whose diamonds were sparkling and a solo from Janette.   We were missing a few members but we still felt we gave a good concert.  We had a good opportunity to chat to the audeience after the concert over a glass of wine and a piece of shortbread and we even had an enquiry about a new associate member - a successful evening all round!

St Columba's Church Glenrothes - 14th September 2013

Great first concert of the season in Glenrothes tonight.  A few sopranos missing but they coped admirably!!  Good audience and venue, making for a night we enjoyed immensely.   A duet from Elizabeth and Susan and a solo from Andrew. Well done to two new members Heather and Catriona who have only been with us for a few weeks.  Roll on our next one!!!!

Springtime Serenade, Annexe, Carnegie Hall 23-25th May 2013

The end of our 2013 Springtime Serenade. Three evenings of great concerts under the direction of Hamish.  Lots of positive comments from our lovely audiences and it's fair to say we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We will be welcoming back Heather Steward to the altos next session and also hopefully welcoming a new soprano Catriona Hughes.  We missed Peter and hope his daughter's wedding was a great success.  We drafted in two of our brand new tenors to take his place .   We had a problem with the grand piano and unfortunately had to use our own concert piano for the concerts, but Morris and Margaret rose to the occasion and coped admirably.  A huge thank you to Ann, Irene, Dorothy, Lesley, David, Lynn, Dave, Pat, Anne, Douglas, Moira, Ann, Kate and Keith some of our Associate Members who looked after the door and the refreshments.  Looking forward to next session with lots of new ventures planned and tentatively planning a return trip to visit Coro Piccolo in Germany. 

St Andrews Erskine Church, Dunfermline 22nd March 2013

Good evening tonight in St Andrews Erskine Church. We helped the Fife Society for the Blind raise around £250. Weather affected numbers a bit but the audience seemed to enjoy themselves too. Lovely solos from Peter and Janie. Hamish positively shone this evening and although the church was cold didn't once complain about a cold foot! Missing Gillian and Ian A tonight. Heads down to rehearse for our May concerts now!

Associate Members Social 18th February, 2013

Associate members social tonight. Not our usual format as the rehearsal part was not as easy without Hamish. However, a lot of singing and we even persuaded Arthur to conduct one of "his songs" again! Scarey!! But it was good fun. He seemed to enjoy it and we felt we stepped right back in time. A wee quiz by Derek won by one of our associate members. Looking forward to rehearsals again next week. New songs to learn for May.

Chest Heart Stroke Associate - St Cuthberts Church Edinburgh 9th February 2013

Concert tonight at St Cuthberts in Edinburgh. We filled a bus with choir and associate members which was a lovely way to travel! Not a huge audience, but we had a great evening. Hamish led us through a full programme of a variety of songs - Scottish, musicals, sacred, quirky! Peter, Derek, Morris, Ann and Alan all gave solo/duet performances and all had a really good time . An "old" friend of... one of our singers came along after seeing it mentioned on Facebook. So good to catch up with him and one of the good things about Facebook! Thanks to all our Associate Members for coming along and supporting us and also the people from the Chest Heart Stroke Association. Hopefully a good amount of money was raised for the charity.

West Fife Rotary Club Christmas party - Abbot House Dunfermline

We were asked to step in to help at the party as unfortunately the Abbey Choir couldn't manage this year.  An interesting venue up loads of stairs so great for the breathing!!! A very receptive audience who joined in the Scottish version of Twelve Days of Christmas with great gusto!  We sang a varied programme, a trifle ad hoc at times, but seemed to go well.  Not everyone there as short notice, but we had a good balance and we enjoyed it.   Good night had by all.

St Alexander's Church Denny fundraiser for Strathcarron

A wonderful evening in Denny.  A nice big hall which was packed full, meaning they raised over £1000 for their charity.  We sang a mix of new songs, older ones and of course some Christmas songs as well as resurrecting one of our original Christmas Singalongs which meant the audience Had the opportunity to join in with us.   Hamish introduced a little local knowledge into one of the singalong songs which seemed to strike home with the audience!  Two lovely solos from Janette and Elizabeth and Morris slipped into the tenor section for one of the songs as well - versatility !!!!!!   Margaret coped extremely well with a lighting problem and all in all we had a fantastic evening.   We missed Bob who isn't well at the moment and we didn't have Ian A or Janie as they had another singing commitment tonight.  Next event for us is our Christmas Party next week.   More singing perhaps?

Associate Members' Concert Music Institute Dunfermline 29th November 2012

An opportunity for all our Associate Members to hear us perform under the direction of Hamish for the first time.  A good turn out of associate members and a few prospective new members into the bargain!   A mixed programme of some we have done before and some new ones since Hamish arrived and set us to work!   Strange to have us using folders again, but not for long - back to normal soon once the new members settle in and we have more confidence in the new ones.   A few new Associate Members signed up last night as well, so a very successful evening.  All the choir members brought along lovely food for the buffet and it was a good night to chat and catch up!

Leven Parish Church, 14th November 2012

A great concert tonight in Leven.  This is Janette's auntie's church again and she would have been proud of Janette who stepped into the solo part of The Lord Is My Shepherd in Trudi's absence.  A big appreciation of Hamish from the Singers as he came up from his work in London especially for the concert.   He took us through some familiar songs and we even managed to test out two new ones we have learned with him over the last few weeks,  first airing for them!!  We had solos from Marion (or should we now call her Joyce??) and from Derek who has a very dapper Movember moustache!   We also had a duet from Susan and Elizabeth - Susan sporting an unusual purple accessory tonight!   Janie's  first  concert with us - well done for managing to cope with all these songs which were new to you! We had Margaret playing for us along with Morris who was warmly welcomed back.  A lovely tea with some home baking was very welcome after the concert.   Looking forward to our next concert which is for our associate members. 

St. Andrews Erskine Church Dunfermline 8th October 2012

Our first concert with our new musical director, Hamish.  We also had a new member , Ian singing with us and he coped really well with all the songs, most of which he had only heard once or twice at rehearsals. Well done Ian!   Our other new tenor. Geoff sat in the audience this time but we are looking forward to him joining us next time.  Wilma, Hamish's wife, joined the alto section for this concert to boost our numbers  and fairly saved the day for the altos!   Hamish led us through a varied programme and we had solos from Janette and Ian.   We were all (including Hamish probably) a bit nervous on our first night performing together but we needn't have worried as it was a great evening.  Thanks to Hamish for his very hard work to get us there!!

Springtime Serenade 2012 - Music Institute Carnegie Hall May 2012

Three more successful concerts at the Music Institute, Carnegie Hall Dunfermline on 24th, 25th and 26th May.   A mix of choral pieces and a few solos and a duet.   A poignant set of concerts as Margaret O has now left the Kingdom Singers to move on to enjoy singing away from conducting.   The choir performed a little song based on a familiar Abba tune for Margaret at the after show party - letting her know how much we will miss her!   We also sadly had to say goodbye to Roy, a founder member and long time chairman, who has also moved on to new singing challenges.   We wish them both well in their new musical ventures.

A new musical director has been found - Hamish Baillie - and we will start rehearsing with him in August.

St Luke's Church Glenrothes - 15th February 2012

A new venue for us - helping to raise funds for a brain tumour charity.   Unfortunately Margaret O could not be with us so no conductor tonight!  This happened once before, but was compounded by the keyboard failing as well, so this was not quite such a challenge! Accompanists helped with timing and we made it through with a happy audience and fairly satisfied choir!  We missed Margaret, though!   Solos from Trudi, Marc, Peter and Marion.  We were offered lovely refreshments at half time and some even managed a glass of wine - sailed through the second half!!!!   As this was a fundraiser, it would have been nice for the organisation to have had a bigger audience, but a fair sum of money was raised and a good evening had by all.

DUNIPACE PARISH CHURCH 23rd January 2012

What a wonderful evening - it was lovely to be back to such a welcoming audience.   We had a selection this evening which included some Scottish (so near to Burns Night!!!).   Roy as usual "compered" wonderfully with his fund of knowledge about the songs we were singing.   Solos from Janette, Roy and Ian tonight.    Most of the choir managed to stay for a lovely tea laid on by the Church and it was very well received.  Thanks to the ladies for providing this.

Concert with Dunfermline Town Band - 9th December 2011

Another new venture for the Kingdom Singers.  A joint concert with Dunfermline Town Band in St Margaret's Church in Dunfermline.   A lovely evening with a completely new mix of sounds for us.   We managed one song accompanied by the Band - Schneewaltzer which was great fun.  Wine, mince pies and shortbread were provided for the audience at half time and this went down well.   A very successful raffle drawn by Santa - a wee problem with gravity and his costume, but he did very well indeed!    A lot of preparation for this event, but it was certainly well received by our large audience.   Thanks to everyone!

Springtime Serenade May 2011 Carnegie Hall Annexe

2011 Springtime Serenade - three great nights with good audiences.   We performed our whole new repertoire and we enjoyed every minute of it.  Our soloists spread their performances over the three nights and were all well appreciated by our audiences.   We managed to attract a temporary additional member on one of our walk-ins but she decided it was probably better to remain in the audience and veered off to the seats.  Thanks Lucy! Margaret O led us through each concert and we showed we can step up to the mark - what would be do without you Margaret???????   Looking forward to next session now.

Innerleithen Church, Methil 13th April 2011

A great evening in Methil - happy audience who even managed to join in a bit.   We even managed to have a "spy" in the audience so we got some honest feeback - thanks Ali!!!!!   We were missing a few members tonight - Marc, Gillian, Derek and Elizabeth with Ali watching us instead of singing tonight.   But we managed!    A good mixed programme of songs and lovely solos from Roy, Peter and Janette and Janette's very proud Auntie Betty gave the vote of thanks.   We were treated to a vast range of wonderful home baking - so good we had to go round again!  All in all a great evening.    Get well soon Elizabeth - we were all thinking of you tonight.

Kennoway & Star Cancer Research 11th March 2011

 

St Margarets Church Touch 19th February 2011

The choir were delighted to be asked to perform at St Margaret's Church to help celebrate the retirement of Tom McMillan. He has been church organist there for 33 years.

The evening started with a 3 course meal which Margaret Orr and Elizabeth enjoyed very much (they are both members of St Margaret's so were the only choir members there for the whole evening). The concert which followed was a bit late in starting due to a problem with the roast potatoes!, but it was a really wonderful evening which everyone seemed to enjoy. We have been so busy rehearsing new songs for the concerts in May, that it was a joy singing some of our older ‘comfier’ songs again.

It is a real home from home singing in St Margaret’s as it is our rehearsal venue every Monday night and it was lovely to see so many of our friends in the audience. Full steam ahead now for May….:)

Glen Gates Dunfermline - Pre-Christmas Lights Switch-on 21st November 2011

A short stint at the Glen Gates this afternoon singing some Christmas songs before the formal entertainment for the switching on of the Christmas Lights.  Not all choir members managed to attend, but we managed!   Not much of an audience unfortunately - and we were in competition with some muscial teacups!   Interesting afternoon............!!!

Carnegie Hall Dunfermline 13th September 2010

A great evening in the Carnegie Hall.  We were sharing the evening with two other groups - a Czech gospel choir called Keep Smiling and a choir from Linburn Primary School in Dunfermline.   They were so cute!!   Although perhaps we should have consulted each other about our programme - we both sang "Over the Rainbow" but in different styles.   We sang two sets of songs and were invited to join with Keep Smiling in a rendition of "O Happy Day" - interesting!!!   A super evening with a real mixed bag of singing.

Springtime Serenade 2010 Music Institute Carnegie Hall 27-29 May 2010

Three successful concerts this year - we oversold on Thursday and Friday night, with slightly fewer on Saturday night.  Great to sing our new repertoire and it was well received by our audiences.   For the first time, we served cold drinks instead of teas and coffees at half time and this seemed very popular with the audiences (particularly the wine!!!!).  It was easier on the associate members who help with the refreshments, so success all round there!    Unfortunately we lost Tricia on Friday and Saturday as she developed a very sore throat.  Ann came back from Florida in time for Friday's concert so the numbers were even on each night.    Thanks to all our audiences.

Crook of Devon 13th April 2010

Slightly depleted numbers tonight, but probably just as well as there was not a lot of room for us to spread out!   Partly due to the big audience, but it didn't matter - it was a bit of a change singing in two rows instead of three!   A good mixed programme again and an appreciative audience.    Margaret O managed all the introductions very well - made it all very personal- got a bit hot under the collar thinking of Johnny Depp but ......!!!!   Marc has now taken all the fun out of Maggie!!!!!!!!    No surprises now!    Audience seemed to like the selection and joined in with Abba and a few others.   The ladies provided a lovely selection of cakes and scones to finish off our evening.  Susan even managed to catch up with an "old" work colleague, so all in all a very successful evening!

Associate Members' Social Baldridgeburn Institute 29th March 2010

Another super evening with our Associate Members.  We were given the big hall in the Institute tonight and this was much better than the usual room.  Acoustics great and lots of room for everyone.    We had a couple of little guess the tune competitions - one with little known verses for well known songs sung by Susan and Alan helped by the choir and one as a duet from Margaret O and Heather.  (3:1 to the choir here!!!) and one listening to the song building from the bass line up.  Good to hear the audience joining in the singing with us.  We tried out a couple of our new songs and they seemed to work - under our belt now for May.    Nice cup of tea and biscuits provided by Connie - a good sociable end to the evening. 

Oakley Church March 23rd 2010

An evening with the Guilds from Oakley and Carnock tonight in the church in Oakley.   Good friendly audience and almost a full turnout of the choir.   Slight last minute change to the programme (apologies from Susan)!  A great concert for us - Margaret K on her own as accompanist tonight and she coped admirably.   Alan a bit faster with the ring tonight, Marion - nagging must have worked!  A good mixed programme with a couple of our new songs thrown in for good measure - it was good to perform them and we felt we sang them well.  As usual, a lovely tea from the ladies in Oakley which sent us on our way home with a good warm feeling after a lovely evening.

Townhill Church Women's Guild 15th March 2010

Another very enjoyable evening for the Kingdom Singers.   We have visited Townhill Church on a few occasions now, sometimes in the hall, sometimes in the church and always feel we are with friends.  Tonight we were in the church and it was lovely to sing there in front of a great audience.   We had a few solos tonight - poor Marc was suitably embarrassed by the choir - forced to the front to sing Maggie and then congratulated on getting his words right!!!!!!   Well done Marc!   Alan proved his romantic streak is not as strong as we thought!   He was fashionably late with the ring for Marion, but she got her diamonds in the end.   We were a little flummoxed by a request for an encore!   Unaccompanied songs are so useful for just such a request so we were able to oblige.    A lovely tea (as usual) prepared by the ladies sent us off feeling refreshed and full.  A lovely evening all round. 

Carnegie Hall Dunfermline Friday 12th March 2010

Perfomed tonight in the Carnegie Hall - singing nine choral pieces tonight.   This was part of a concert to raise funds for Parkinson's Disease.  The evening started with the boys and girls having separate dressing rooms - unusual for us as we are only a small choir!!!!  However the ladies tracked the men down and we felt better!    We were to perform immediately after the Rosyth Concert Band.  What a lovely sound they made - we listened in the wings.  We then squeezed on to the piece of stage in front of the curtain (poor men were a bit squashed behind the ladies) and Roy introduced our programme in blocks of three.   It was very hot but we felt we sang well and all of us enjoyed the performance.  We found our feet were "stuck to the floor" after standing for such a long time, but we did manage to get off the stage - only after Elizabeth managed to guide Susan away from trying to exit through the wood panelling rather than the curtain!   Dont think many people noticed though!   We led into the interval then some of us left to go home, some visited the Bar then back to watch the second half when the band performed again after a lovely performance by two young dancers from St Columba's School (and their lovely assistant).   One little blip in the vote of thanks - we were referred to as the Kingdom Dancers - could be a whole new approach to the choral pieces, Margaret!!!!!!   Looking forward to Townhill on Monday night now.

Culross Abbey Friday 16th November 2009

Well Friday Night certainly was Music Night. The Concert was held to celebrate the fact that the magnificent organ in the Abbey was 100 years old and the Kingdom Singers were so pleased to be invited to sing and have the opportunity to hear the other performers, four soloists, a pianist and a flautist.

What a lovely start we had, as we walked into the Abbey to the sound of Morris playing The Sound of Music. Never before had our entrance sounded so grand and uplifting and really put us in the mood to sing our best. Although we were a few Members down, we did ourselves proud with the help of the great acoustics in the building. We started off with The Way you Look Tonight and Scots Wha Hae, the latter song rising into the rafters at the end.

 

It was good to see familiar faces in the good-sized audience and to have Arthur Sutton introducing the other acts

Then came a great treat for the choir, as we sat back and enjoyed listening to the guest soloists - a wonderful evening ahead of us!

 

Just before the interval, we gave our rendition of Come Unto Me All Ye that Labour and by this time we were all feeling quite cold as we had been sitting in our choir dress for more than half an hour. While we were having a most welcome cup of tea, some clever individual (not sure who) suggested that, in the second half while the soloists perform, we should sit in the body of the Abbey where there was heating under the seats. Oh, what bliss, it was like going to bed with your electric blanket already warmed up. We could really relax and enjoy the show before our two numbers at the end, A Certain Smile and You Raise Me Up.

 

A lot of hard work, by Morris and many others, had obviously gone into arranging this concert and I believe they had a different concert each night of the week, so well done to everyone involved, we had such a lovely time.

Dunipace Parish Church 2nd November 2009

A wonderful evening.  First time in Denny for us and it was a lovely church with great acoustics. A maze of corridors - much bigger than it looked!  Poor Marc only lasted one song then was called out.  Shortest concert he has ever had!!  Roy bravely took on Maggie in Marc's absence.   How Great Thou Art had a verse missing, but the quartet verse turned out to be a very good ladies' duet - well done Hilary and Gillian!!!!   A great mix of songs and the congregation seemed to enjoy the evening - joining in the Elvis singalong with great gusto.  Break in the middle for sandwiches, scones and biscuits served by our hosts - very welcome and set us up well for the second half.

Kennoway 22nd September 2009

First concert of our new season.   Fairly depleted numbers - poor Marc is ill and others couldn't make it.   Well done Ian for holding the bass line alone!   And Margaret for playing for the whole concert!  Large audience tonight - we believe the hall holds 100 and it certainly looked full.  This was the Kennoway Rural and they had visitors from other local Rurals.  They were very cheery and seemed to have a good time - we certainly did.   And of course, in the true spirit of the Rural - a wonderful tea to follow - just ask Alan!!!!!!!

North Church Cowdenbeath 16th April 2009

An interesting evening indeed!   Unfortunately, due to lack of sopranos, Margaret felt she had to call off the concert tonight as we were in fact down to last soprano standing!   However,  the Guild had sold over 80 tickets and it was felt we could not leave them without any entertainment.  So a hastily cobbled together concert party took the stage - with the welcome addition of Jack Leask, accordionist.    Morris bravely played all accompaniments which were thrown at him , as well as accompanying Jack and a successful evening ensued.   The audience was a very warm, welcoming one and the church was a delight to sing in.   We had a lovely tea fterwards and we even managed to sell over 80 quiz sheets as well!   We have been assured we will be invited back as a full choir during the next session, so we look forward to that.

Saline Church - Monday 31st March 2009

A lovely little Church and a pleasure to perform in.   This was a fundraiser for the Guild and they had some invited guests in the audience.    Despite not having the words to hand, the audience managed to join in the Elvis Singlaong very convincingly!  This was our first concert singing with Heather, our new accompanist - it was lovely to be able to sing with her at a concert rather than a rehearsal.  It was also the first concert for our latest addition to the alto section - Lorna.  Good to note that she enjoyed herself and is planning to come back on Monday!   On a sad note, this was the first concert since the loss of Shirley and was a bit emotional, but we managed to keep a professional attitude and not let the feelings show.   The ladies of the Guild provided us with lovely home baking and we even managed to sell them some of our Quiz Sheets for our own fundraising.   Thanks Ladies!

Freuchie Church 27th February 2009

After an easy route to Freuchie, most of us encountered a little difficulty finding the church, however, once we were there, we found a lovely church with great acoustics.  A pleasure to sing in..   We sang a mixed bunch of songs tonight and the audience, although not as large as the organisers had hoped, seemed appreciative and joined in the Elvis singalong with great gusto.  "Maurice" played a lovely piano solo despite some problems organising the pedals - it took three men and a conductor to sort that out!   We were treated to a lovely cup of tea with cakes and biscuits - very welcome..  We were missing one or two members, but we coped admirably!!!!!    Thanks to all at Freuchie for the invitation to visit their church. 

 

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CHAS Fundraiser St Margarets Church Dunfermline 9th February 2009

A local venue this time - Margaret O and Elizabeth's own church - so, no pressure!    A bit of a change around in our seating arrangement which made us bob up and down a lot more than usual, but interesting ....!!!   We were down by one or two members, but we still managed to produce a concert which left us feeling good.       We even gained one new Associate member - Elizabeth never likes to miss an opportunity to recruit!  We believe around £500 was raised for CHAS which is wonderful news.   The concert was followed by a very well organised tea - almost military precision here!   A lovely spread and our tea and coffee continually refilled.   Thanks to all the ladies of the church for that!  

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