Our next Coffee Morning is on Saturday 24th March in the gloriously refurbished main hall of Inverness's Town House.
This is one of our main fundraising events as well as being great fun to help at or just attend: where else can you enjoy coffee/tea/juice and loads of delicious homebaking while being entertained by Sheila Bruce playing favourite tunes on the grand piano?
10.30 to 12.30, raffle and stalls.
If you have the time and enjoy singing, why not have lunch somewhere in town after the Coffee Morning and then head for Ness Bank Church, where you can join in a Scratch Messiah - a fantastic experience, whether you are an experienced singer or not.
See below for poster and details.
The soloists will be from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the conductor will be John Crombie, and at the organ will be our own Gordon Tocher. There will be a practice at 2pm, with the main event at 7.30pm. We hope that many people - members of the choral and others - will come along and take part. £10 suggested donation.
Carolthon, 16th December 2017
We had a busy day at the annual Carolthon and hope all the shoppers enjoyed the lovely selection of music. Thanks to the team from our partner charity Alzheimer Scotland who were busy with the collecting buckets.
Stop Press: Congratulations all round and a huge thank you to everyone who donated. We raised £5,316, so will be shortly be presenting Alzheimer Scotland with a cheque for £2,658.
Our last Coffee Morning took place on Saturday 4th March 2017, raising £796 for our funds.
A big thank you to everyone who supported us in any way - by helping at the event itself, by attending and spending money at the various stalls and raffle and/or by making a donation. As ever, Sheila did us proud by playing such beautiful music for two hours and this was ingeniously relayed outside to entice folks into the Town House.
We all hope the repairs won't take much longer as it isn't the most prepossessing of entrances at the moment! If you managed to navigate your way past the various barriers, congratulations. We're confident you felt it was well worth the effort.
Last year's annual Carolthon took place on Saturday 17th December 2016 in Inverness's Eastgate Centre.
We sang in small groups continuously from 10.30am to 3.30pm and enjoyed it hugely and achieved some great publicity in the local press. As ever, the people of Inverness gave very generously on the day. Together with further generous sponsorship raised by choral members, the organisers were able to present a cheque for £2,288 to Paul Corrigan from Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, the 2016 chosen charity.
Pictured with Paul Corrigan are our Carolthon organisers, Carol Brown and Mandy Thomas.
(See more photos at bottom of the page)
On Monday 27th March 2017 we were privileged to have a workshop session with Pat MacMahon, our Honorary Patron.
As ever, Pat was inspirational - warm, positive, encouraging and exuding enthusiasm and energy which infected us all. The tenors sang from memory, eliciting a spontaneous round of applause from the rest of the choir and proving what Gordon tells us all the time: if we look up from our scores, the sound is so much better, communication with the audience can happen and - not least - we follow the conductor at all times.
Pat gave us 'homework' to do for 20 minutes each day, preferably in front of a mirror to check that we aren't over-stretching our mouths or tensing up (or nodding our heads as the notes go up and down!).
We were all exhausted (in a good way) when the rehearsal ended, which shows how much concentration and physicality is needed to sing effectively. Pat praised the overall sound, particularly when we put our copies down and sang 'Gloria!' fortissimo.
Our Chairman, Iain, expressed the Society's gratitude to Pat for giving up her time once again to improving our technique ahead of the concert on April 29th. He presented her with a gift as a token of our appreciation.