|Laugh Allowed Opera
Saturday 16th November 2019 7.30 pm
St Neots Parish Church PE19 2BU
This is a small group of professional opera singers who have a wacky, irreverent and amusing way with opera: dressing up, rapid changes, making fun of the 'Opera Classics' but also actually performing them. Most are sung in English and include favorite arias. They have performed for us before and were so successful that we booked a return visit.
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|Concert by Ely
The choir of Ely Cathedral, director Paul Trepte, agreed to perform a fund-raising concert for us on
Saturday 2nd March 2019 in our church.
This was the traditional choir of boys and men which sings services in the Cathedral. It was a rare chance to hear them here in St Neots. The singing and the voices were amazingly
good! And we had an audience of 160 !
It was a wide-ranging programme including traditional choir music and also some recent compositions and some organ solos too.. There were some light- hearted moments: At the end of the concert and after warm applause, the choir took off their cassocks and the boys raced off en masse to the toilets. Then they returned to finish off the refreshments! Bowls of crisps vanished very quickly, washed down with soft drinks. Well-earned and well-behaved too! The adult members of the choir may have joined the audience in a glass of wine! We were all on a 'high'. And a good sum of money was raised also.
"Puddings and Pies" with puddings and pies after the concert
Saturday 15th June 2019
in St Neots Parish Church at 7.00pm
|Our 2019 Annual General Meeting took place on 15th May 2019 in St Neots Parish Church. The accounts for 2018-2019 financial year show that we raised £4202 and also show how we have deployed the money we have raised. Please ask if you want a copy of the report and accounts. In our first 5 years we have raised a total of £32275 towards our objects of repairing and restoring St Neots Parish Church. In the past year we have supported repair of the chiming clock in the Church Tower and purchase of seat cushions for the pews in the the church. We need more members so please contact us.||Cheese,
and Wine Social Evening
Saturday 6th October 2018
Fine wine and cheeses with a variety of 'real' patés.
There was an interlude of live music played by Greg May, a local young man of talent.
In St Neots Parish Church (the heating was on).
This is our annual social event and it was well-attended.
have we used the money we have raised so far?
In financial year 2016-2017 we gave £6000 towards the cost of repairs to the roof of the north aisle of the church and we purchased and installed a new bench seat in the churchyard (£856). This year so far we have provided cushions for the pew-seats in the church (Thus all users of the church, including people attending our concerts, will benefit.) We also paid for a repair to the mechanism of the chiming clock in the tower.
3rd March 2018 in church at 7.30 pm
RAF Wyton Voluntary Brass Band
This was an excellent concert with some really good playing and good solos also.
We had an audience of 150 people and made a profit of £1730 towards future restoration work.
Thanks to the Band and all who supported us.
23rd September 2017
church at 7.30pm
Cheese, Pate and Wine Party
This was an informal, congenial event to raise funds with about 60 people present (some others bought tickets but were unable to come) and we made a profit of about £536.
There was a live musical interlude by Friends Martine Brooks and Eileen Raggatt, both playing the flute at a very high standard much appreciated by those present.
|Saturday 18th November 2017
church at 7.45pm
'The Kingsmen' - the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King's College Chapel, Cambridge - sang a wonderful concert for us.
They sang a wide range of musical genres and were genuinely entertaining. Not only did they have wonderful young voices and terrific 'ensemble' (musical together-ness) but they clearly enjoyed singing for us. We sold 220 tickets and thereby made £2740 profit for The Friends.
Opera 19th November 2016 - an amazing and very entertaining
|| The Choir of Caius College Cambridge
The programme included Allegri's "Miserere" and William Byrd's "Five-part Mass". The Miserere was performed with the second choir and the cantor in different parts of the church from the main choir. It was a truly amazing experience! And wonderful singing.
Saturday 4th March 2017 at 7.30 pm in Church
"One of the best choirs in Cambridge at present"
Our net profit was £1371
|Our fund-raising concert on Saturday
23rd April 2016
St George's Day and Shakespeare Anniversary.......And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here ..... upon St Crispin's Day!
To celebrate these one of our Friends, David Gower, declaimed the Speech before the Battle of Agincourt from Shakespeare's Henry V. It was really dramatic! David was 'The King' and in costume too!
This short celebration was followed by
The Hermitage Ensemble of St Petersburg
Listen to a short sample of their music:
Hermitage Ensemble mp3
This was a concert by an ensemble of professional singers in the Russian tradition. The 'soundscape' was quite new to us & very exciting. They sang music from the Russian Orthodox Church and then Russian folk songs in including a very vigorous performance of 'Kalinka', and ending with an Elvis Presley number! What amazing voices!
Annual General Meeting was on 25th May 2016
This covered our second full year up to 31st March 2016. We talked about our fund-raising efforts and about the work on the church roof which was then just starting and to which The Friends have promised financial support. We also agreed to fund a Friends bench-seat in the churchyard and this should be installed this summer. Our trustees were re-elected and our audited accounts were approved.
We succeeded in raising £5751 from donations, membership subscriptions and fund-raising events in the past year. Members were happy with how the Friends organisation is developing.
We have already raised over £12,000 and we have contributed to repairs of part of the church roof.
3rd October 2015
Concert by The Military Wives Choir of Wyton and Brampton RAF base and by Rachel Godsill with Marie-Noelle Kendall (accompanist)
his was a great concert!
The Military Wives choir really entertained us with their confident and moving singing. Rachel Godsill is an amazing singer and Marie-Noelle Kendall showed great musical skill in her accompaniments.