WHO WE ARE
Village Voices is a small not-for-profit community choir based in the lovely Northumbrian coastal resort of Seahouses. Our members come from Seahouses and also from many of the surrounding villages - the Bs (Beadnell, Bamburgh, Belford) as well as Shoreston, Lucker, North Sunderland, ... and the farms in between. Our 'home' is the Methodist Church in Main Street, Seahouses.
WHAT WE DO
Our thirty or so sopranos, altos, tenors and basses rehearse weekly for an hour and a half on Thursday evenings. Our main activities consist of some half-dozen concerts per year in aid of various organisations in our area - churches, community halls, R.N.L.I. and the like. With the approach of Christmas we are commonly involved in such activities as Festive Lights switch-ons and carols on a village green: cosier group performances take place in local old peoples' homes.
WHAT WE SING
Our repertoire is in proportion to our numbers. Most performances include a 'songs from the shows' element, perhaps Oklahoma
, South Pacific
, The Sound of Music
, My Fair Lady
We enjoy universal gems such as Mozart's Ave Verum
and Roberton's All in the April Evening
. John Rutter features broadly in our programmes, now alongside Howard Goodall's 23rd Psalm
. Hymns and carols are varied with such settings as Paul Simon's Bridge Over Troubled Water
and folksongs from the region.
HOW TO JOIN US
Come along to the room attached to the back of the Methodist Church, Main Street, Seahouses, a few minutes before 7 pm almost any Thursday evening (we don't stick to school terms or anything like that). Perhaps even better - virtually all our concerts end with refreshments, providing an ideal opportunity to make your interest known to any member of the choir. Or feel free to contact one of the folk listed below.
There is no audition, nor any joining fee. But members do contribute £2 per rehearsal attended.
WHO DOES WHAT
- Our Director of Music is Vanessa Richards: she took over from founder-Director Pat Storey in October of 2013.
- Officially our Chairman, George Scott also acts as our Master of Ceremonies, PR man, and organiser of all the vital details. His email contact is here.
- Mike Hosken sees to some of the paperwork and finances. He's also responsible for this website and can be emailed through this link or telephoned on 01665 720603.
- Our formal Constitution is available on this linked page.
Our numbers were somewhat reduced for our concert at Spittal, just south of Berwick-upon-Tweed, on September 13th. It was Pat's final contribution. But Chairman George was our never-failing Master of Ceremonies.
There's a memento of our contribution to the BBC's Songs of Praise here
One of our founders, Pat Storey
was our Director of Music until 2013.
By force of circumstance, it was also in 2013 that accompanist David Collinson
for other pictures of that retirement concert in Seahouses on 26th of July, and here
for the subsequent retirement party.
(The Ultratone manual is here