Dear Singers and Supporters,
What a fantastic year this has been for all those involved with S4R!
We have together raised over £4000 - which has gone directly to Calais , and latterly to Paris, buying food, shoes, drums and other essential items.
Our last performance-at South Brent Breakfast Club, raised £350, which has been sent to our contact in Paris. She buys food and essential for refugees living on the streets, as well as taking more vulnerable teenagers into her house for a day at a time, to wash, do their laundry and have a couple of good meals. Big thanks to Guy-could you pass on our thanks to South Brent people please? And big thanks to Rose Ellis for organising amazing art works to raffle. Anyone have any fotos please?
A very Special Thank You to Rose Kirby, who has so ably assisted in the running of the choir over the past year. Rose's patience and perseverance have been outstanding - particularly in teaching us the different vocal parts.
Highlights of this amazing year, apart from the fund-raising : -
# Our very first performance as the sandwich between children's clown and adult disco, in Totnes Civic Hall on New Year's Eve 2015.
# Green Party Ceilidh in February 2016. A sell-out, enjoyed by all, and raising over £400, to buy musical instruments for our music workshops in the Calais "jungle".
# Singing in Totnes Civic Square for the 5th anniversary of the conflict in Syria. Freezing but fabulous.
# Serenading the shoppers under the Butterwalk in Totnes.
# Onstage at the Fabulous Freedom Fields Festival in Plymouth in May.
# Delighting the diners at Totnes Potluck supper.
# Totnes Xmas Market Sing. Wow! Apart from the joyful and enthusiastic singing by the choir and the spectators, we entertained 47 asylum seekers and refugees from Plymouth. We managed to gift wrap a present for everyone, and give them home- made soup and an evening to remember. Special thanks to choir supporters, Jacqi C.,Wendy S., She C.
# Further afield, at Exeter Bike Shed and South Brent, we gave a confident performance of singing, drumming and guitar- accompaniment . Big Thanks to Lizi, Serge and Rose E. Welcome and thank you to Sue Gilmurray, choir leader of Peace Voices of Exeter. We enjoyed being led by Sue in a rendition of one her own songs. We hope to collaborate on a regular basis with Sue and her singers.
Another shout out for Erica, who has designed and created our wonderful website. And also for guiding Steve and Pauline through an interview on Soundart radio.
And thanks to Jo Reay, who at very short notice offered to print our S4R fliers-which were of brilliant quality. Jo also kindly copied our S4R images to a memory stick, used by Steve and Pauline in talks to various groups.
Finally.... S4R will be re- launching at Exeter College on Mondays. Start 13th March at 7pm.
We hope to see you there. Come to sing, drum, clap, dance, drink tea. But mostly come to have fun and meet new friends.
Pauline and Steve