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TUESDAY SINGERS

Rehearsals every Tuesday at 10.00am at St Marks Crescent Methodist Church, Allenby Rd, Maidenhead SL6 5BH


            

Extracts from  some of the press comments over the years for the different concerts that have taken place to support various local and national charities.
PRESS CLIPPINGS
CELEBRATING WITH MUSIC

Christmas celebrations can be savoured at St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church in December with a special event at the church.

The Tuesday Singers are set to per form a programme of old festive favourites in A Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 9.

The chorus, which raises thousands of pounds every year for charity and is based at the Allenby Road church, cannot wait to perform according to conductor John Timewell.

He said: "The concert is a thank you from us for being able to use the church for rehearsals. We are certainly looking forward to the event and I think the church enjoys having us."

"It should be a happy and pleasant evening." Ticket prices are 5 (3 concessions) and include seasonal refresh ments served during the interval.
EVENING OF SONG RAISES 2k FOR DEVINE CHARITY

A group of singers averted last-minute disaster to raise 2,000 for
Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

The Tuesday Singers per formed a variety of songs at Newlands Girls' School on Sunday evening after losing their pre-arranged venue at 5pm on Friday.

Conductor Pippa Eden, of Heywood Avenue, said: "It was a bit of a nightmare, I was very very fortunate that Newlands could allow us at such short notice. "Otherwise we would have had to cancel it, there was no other option."

The 35 singers performed Autumnal Airs in front of the charity's patron Sir Michael Parkinson - who spoke about the work of the charity - and Fiona Devine, one of the charity's founders.

The choir performed two fundraising concerts a year for a variety of causes, including Arthritis Research/ UK and the Stroke Club. The programme, which also featured Rockaholix a capella group, included popular show tunes and classic pieces, including New York New York and Any Dream Will Do.
CHOIR'S VOICES RAISED TO HELP WOUNDED SOLDIERS

Cash to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers has been raised at a concert held by the Tuesday Singers.

The choir's performance at St Edmund Campion Church in Altwood Road on Sunday last week raised more than 1,500 for
SSAFA Forces Help.

Choir secretary Janet Martin said the money has been pledged to buy a new bed hoist. "It was a wonderful concert and we were over whelmed by the support we received," she said. "We want to thank everybody involved."

The barbershop quartet Take 4 joined the singers on stage, who were led by conductor Colleen Garrett and pianist James Church.

LONG RUNNING CHOIR HEADHUNTS STYLISH NEW CONDUCTOR

A long-established ladies choir unveiled its new conductor during rehearsals on Tuesday.

Helen Styles started conducting the Tuesday Singers, who meet on Tuesday morning at St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church in Allenby Road, last month.

She has brought a wealth of musical experience with her, having studied violin, piano, organ and voice at the Royal College of Music junior department and won a choral scholarship to Christ's College Cambridge.

The ladies actually rang me up to ask if I could join them when I moved to Maidenhead," said Helen. "They're very different to other choirs; they'll even be singing a bit of Bohemian Rhapsody at their next show. They really do it for the love of singing".

The choir has been active since 1967 and raised thousands of pounds for charities.
RAISING CASH FOR A CHARITY CLOSE TO THEIR HEARTS
A 30-strong female choir raised 1,200 for an ovarian cancer charity at their spring con cert, writes Annabel Langley.

The Tuesday Singers, formed 47 years ago, raises money for charities at three public concerts a year. Most recently, the choir chose the
Target Ovarian Cancer charity, which has helped several members, directly and indirectly, in recent months.

Choir chairman Jean Gregory, of Laggan Road, said: "The charity touched three of us." The choir lost a member three weeks before Christmas to ovarian cancer and Jean's close friend died a week before Christmas of the same illness.

At the singers' spring concert, in St Peter's Church, Furze Piatt, they had a guest conductor, Graham Barker, whose mother Joanna founded Target Ovarian Cancer.

The singers, who are set to return in October to raise money for Dementia UK, are looking for a new conductor.
TUESDAY SINGERS HOLD CONCERT TO SUPPORT CHARITY
Mellow memories is the theme of a concert later this month performed by a choir raising money for a dementia charity.

The Tuesday Singers will perform in aid of
Dementia UK with money going to the Admiral Nurses project, specialist mental health nurses who provide support for carers and patients with dementia in their own homes.

Choir secretary Janet Martin said: "Dementia UK is trying to get Admiral nurses into every area of the country. "This is something we need to put right so we decided to try to raise some money for them."

The nurses are employed by the NHS but Dementia UK sets up the service in each area.

Victoria Lyons, the charity's lead on development for Berkshire, said she is 'absolutely delighted' the Tuesday Singers are supporting the charity. "Because there's no care and no treatment for the disease, living well with dementia is so crucial," she said. "Without positive support the carers aren't real ly able to live well." She said the charity has started its first steering group in Berkshire to try and implement the nurses in the area.

The choir's concerts usually raise around 1,000 to 2,000 and proceeds will be boosted by a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

"The mayor has kindly allowed us use of the town hall, meaning that all of the profits can go towards the charity," Janet added.
TUESDAY SINGERS' EVENT FUNDS CRUISE DOWN THE RIVER
The Tuesday Singers raised more than 700 for the Rivertime Boat Trust through a concert at Newlands Girls' School.

Representatives of the women's choir presented a cheque to Pat and Simon Davis, trustees of the Bray-based charity on Friday, January 29.

The money will enable adults with learning disabilities who attend Boyn Grove Community Resource Centre and Oakbridge Day Centre to enjoy a trip on 'River- time', a wheelchair- accessible riverboat.

The concert took place at the school in Farm Road in November.

The Tuesday Singers rehearse at St Mark's Methodist Church in Allenby Road every Tuesday morning. Visit www.tuesday-singers. org.uk for details.
SINGERS RAISE 800 FOR ROSIE'S RAINBOW FUND
A donation of 800 has been presented to
Rosie's Rainbow Fund by The Tuesday Singers. The money was raised at a concert in April and handed to the charity founder, Carolyn Mayling, on Tuesday.

Carolyn, who started the fund in 2003, said: "It is particularly fitting that the Tuesday Singers have chosen Rosie's Rainbow Fund since music is at the very heart of our work through the charity and it was clear that the audience loved the evening of music so much."

She set the fund up after her daughter Rosie died at the age of 11 from a rare disease of the blood vessels. The fund provides music therapy for seriously ill children in hospitals across the Thames Valley, in addition to providing support for parents.

Carolyn added: "The generous sum of 800 will go straight to the very ill hospitalized children for whom Rosie showed such con cern."
SONGBIRDS RAISE 1K FOR CHARITY
Singing stars from choir the Tuesday Singers are celebrating raising 1,000 for
Parkinson's UK. A representative from the charity visited St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church on Tuesday to receive the cheque for the funds.

The money was raised from a concert held at the Allenby Road venue last month. Janet Martin, secretary of the choir, which has been running for more than 45 years, said: "It was an amazing concert, we were really pleased. The ladies give up a lot of their time to put on these concerts but it is worthwhile every time."

The choir, which has 45 members, regularly puts on charity concerts throughout the year.
In January the singers will be welcom ing new conductor Helen Styles.

Janet added they are keen to attract new members to continue the success of the choir and thanked all of those who had supported them. See www.tuesday-singers.org.uk
TUESDAY SINGERS LEARN FIRST-AID TIPS
Choir members have been learning life-saving first aid tips thanks to a member of Maidenhead First Responded (MFR).

Janet Martin, secretary of Tuesday Singers, met Cheryl Mathews when she was promoting the first responders in the town centre. She said: "I thought they could probably help us to provide first aid at our concerts and the conversation went from there"

Now Cheryl, an accountant for three days a week and a volunteer first responder for another two
gives regular training to the singers after their rehearsals.

Cheryl said: "Janet was just such a nice lady and I thought it might save the time of the ambulance service"

Only recently, choir members had the confidence to put Cheryl's training into practice when a member fainted during rehearsals.

The choir donated the proceeds of a concert held last month to the MFR. Janet said: "We decided that they were a tremendous cause to raise money for."

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