Jane Scarth House concert
In December 2019, Romsey Choral Society with the City of Southampton Orchestra performed Handel's Messiah to a packed audience in Romsey Abbey. The concert was in aid of Jane Scarth House cancer support centre in Romsey and raised £3800, with an additional £1400 from the bar and retiring collection.
The photo shows our chair, Sarah Andrews, and Richard Pearce, Musical Director presenting a cheque to Jackie Newman, the centre Manager.
Carols at Norwood
For the second year running RCS has been delighted to help out and support Norwood Primary School Choir in Eastleigh. On Tuesday 17th December 2019 twenty four of us, under the baton of Jamie W. Hall, joined the school choir for a concert of carols and readings, supported by an audience of proud Mums and Dads..
Jamie's Charity Project raises over £17,000
Dancing Day - a charity project for Christmas 2016 was the brainchild of former RCS Musical Director Jamie W. Hall. He composed a brand new Christmas carol and made it available for free and without any limitations to choirs everywhere who used their performances to support the amazing work of Macmillan Cancer Support. There have been 100+ performances of the carol in the UK and abroad raising a stunning total of £17,000.
Sleep, My Jesu will remain free to anyone who wants to use it to support Macmillan in perpetuity. It is an accessible and beautiful Christmas lullaby for unaccompanied SATB and is available for SSAA or in transposition for ATBarB, as well as in a version for unison voices with piano or organ accompaniment.
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Click HERE to hear a fantastic performance from The Queen’s Six.
Come and Sing - 2016
Well done to everyone who took part in the ‘Come and Sing The Armed Man’ on 16th April at Romsey Abbey, from the 340 singers and orchestra to the many non-performers who helped behind the scenes in so many different ways to make the day a success. The event was staged to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) and the fantastic news is that the proceeds of the day have exceeded our wildest dreams:
A whopping £8200 has been donated to the HIOWAA!
This means that not only have we funded the helicopter to fly for a day (£7500) but we have paid for some essential medical equipment too. What a great result! Our grateful thanks go to you all for making the event such a success, both musically and financially. We received this letter of thanks from HIOWAA:
Mayor's Civic Service
Members of the choir joined other choirs from Romsey to take part in the Mayor of Romsey's Civic Service held in the memorial park in Romsey on Sunday 20th September 2015 . The service included a blessing of Romsey's War Horse and Trooper statue created by artist Amy Goodman, pictured centre, which was the subject of the choir's commissioned work last November by Paul van Gulick, “Horses: a Gift to Mankind”.
Flashmob in La Parisienne, Romsey
To mark the final rehearsal of the 2015/16 season the singers gathered in La Parisienne after the rehearsal to surprise customers with an ad-hoc performance. Great fun!
Carols in aid of Jane Scarth House
On December 7th 2018, choir members suitably wrapped in warm coats and hats, entertained shoppers in Waitrose with Christmas Carols all in the aid of Charity. They followed it up by a tour of some of the town's hostelries to entertain the diners and drinkers with Christmas cheer. The collection total was further bolstered by separate carol singing events at Homemead House in Romsey, Brendoncare home in Winchester and at the Winchester Wessex Hotel on Christmas Eve. We are delighted to report a total of £322.53 was collected for Jane Scarth House, our local cancer support centre.
Thank you from Marie Curie
THANK YOU for your generous support!
I would like to say again how much we all enjoyed your concert on Saturday evening - A Night at the Opera - 1st July 2017, with Romsey Choral Society and City of Southampton Orchestra.
We have received a cheque for the amount raised from the retiring collection and I am absolutely astonished and delighted. Your generous audience, choir and orchestra donated the amazing amount of £1,226.58! This is incredible and will fund over 61 hours of nursing care!
Please pass on our sincere thanks to all of your members and supporters. As you are aware Marie Curie provides care for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses, giving them the choice in where they spend their final days. This donation will help make this possible as it costs;
• £180 to provide a full 9 hour Marie Curie nursing shift
• £130 pays for someone to attend Day Therapy at a Marie Curie Hospice.
• £20 for one hour of nursing care
• £35 pays for a slide sheet, used by Marie Curie nurses to move patients in bed
• £5 for bereavement booklets to support 20 children
• £1 pays for a patient information pack, giving practical advice about the Marie Curie Nursing Service
Come and Sing - 2011
Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria - Raises £8,500
On Saturday 24th September 2011 we were delighted to attract singers from all over the south of England and well beyond to our 'Come and Sing' Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria in Romsey Abbey. Under the baton of Arthur Robson, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Chichester, and accompanied by the City of Southampton Orchestra, 320 singers raised £8,500 for the Southampton Hospital Red and White Appeal.
A huge thank you to everyone that took part and to our sponsors for the event: The White Horse Hotel Romsey.