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New Music for 2017/18

New Music for Soundscape in 2017/18

 

Donya will ensure that learning tracks are available two weeks before each of the start dates. We have, of course, 5 known Christmas songs and about 8 old repertoire songs to keep up to speed and for new members to learn as well.

 

New for 2017/18

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Carol of the Bells new arrangement

September 8

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Soundscape's Future Begins Soon!

If you are new to Soundscape, you may not realize how many decisions that affect us are made in the month of June. This year we have our show on June 4 and our last rehearsal on June 6. We meet for a party and Annual General Meeting on June 13 and leave for Harmony College Northwest on Friday, June 17.  We have a concert in Maple Ridge on June 24 and another party, this time at the Craig's home. June 20 brings the Music Advisory Group meeting where suggestions are made to the director concerning next year's repertoire. Some of the choices will be made right away so that we'll have September mapped out with learning tracks and music, and soon all the year's music will be planned.

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We Welcome Gloria Fraser

Gloria comes to us after singing in several choirs. She came prepared at her audition to sing beautifully and accurately. Gloria is no stranger to four-part a cappella and has sung bass in an excellent Sweet Adeline chorus. She is joining the Tenor section and boosts the section to 6 members. Welcome, Gloria!

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We're Rehearsing at Bothwell School!

We are returning to our old haunts at Bothwell School in the Fraser Heights area of Surrey. We access the music room from a door directly into the room from the outside at the back of the school. Wait for someone in Soundscape at the Bothwell parking area and you will be guided in. The door will be ajar, so travel counter-clockwise around the school to the chocked door and join us. We rehearse on Mondays from 7:15 until 9:30 starting on January 5, but the room is open early. For auditionees coming before the rehearsal, please come early the first time so that you can be placed in the appropriate choir part for your voice. You may come just to listen if you like. The rehearsal is open and if we know you are coming, we will sing you a song or three.

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GUTSy Sopranos

The Sopranos were one of the groups which put together a presentation for the Get Up To Sing portion of the Soundscape Christmas Party this year. The party was held at the home of Dianne and Bud who have hosted us for meetings, rehearsals and parties throughout the Fall season. After pleasant conversation and a lovely Greek meal, almost everyone participated in GUTS. Many truly got "Up" for the event. We had soloists, small ensembles, and recitations interspersed with singing many of the Christmas songs, rounds and other bits and pieces we know.

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Langley Tree Lighting

The rain stopped and the parade ended at the Christmas Tree. We sang a few Christmas Songs and invited everyone to learn and sing the Peace Chant. The audience participated and enjoyed the harmony. Dignitaries lined up, importantly, in front of the tree and the was a grand chorus of "Happy Tree Lighting Langley" with Santa Clause and the orgnanziers. The tree was lit, and we continued to sing our Christmas repertoire. We enjoyed our final performance of the year. Now for the Christmas party!

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Poinsettias Galore

It appears that Dianne has suffered an accident! Boxes and boxes of poinsettias arrived at her home to be distributed to Soundscape members. It looks serious, but I think she has found her way out of her floral dilemma without too much damage to either herself or to the colourful plants. I think the situation stemmed to a little too much back-petaling, don't you?

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Another Returning Member

A former member of Soundscape has returned and we are pleased to add her voice to ours! We welcome Sandi Cleary who came to see and hear us perform at the Surrey Christmas Tree Lighting day at Surrey Central City. Our tenor section is growing! 

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Surrey Tree Lighting

Fifteen members of Soundscape arrived at Surrey Central City Mall at 11:00 am and prepared ourselves to perform. There were three performances and the first was outside with the whirl of fans and the rattle of generators competing with our sound system. Santa Claus arrived and we looked on, then mounted the risers. The performance was a good one, the audience small but delighted. We had brochures to hand out and they went to people who expressed and interest in joining or hiring us. As soon as the performance ended we moved quickly to an indoor location and did our 30 minute set again. More people wanted brochures. In the final set at 3:00 pm, the group was singing confidently, well warmed and feeling more in the groove.

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Our First Concert Together

Our performance was impressive. As a group and to a person, we were involved and engaged in the performance and funneled our attention right past and through the director to the audience. There were appropriate expressions all around, and everyone appeared to have a good time.

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