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SEFWI Centenary Choir ‘Women who jam’

“Jam (musical) – definitions: Informal music event or process; social gathering; communal practice session; ‘soundtrack to life’

To celebrate 100 years of the Federation we’d like to create a choir of at least 100 voices in 2019. Across the region, there will be 4 choirs you can join from September 2018, and they will all unite several times throughout 2019 to make a massed choir, representing the WI and forming a major part of the centenary celebrations.

Which choir is for me?
Starting in September 2018, you can opt to join a classical-style choir, singing traditional choral repertoire using music scores. These are in the centre of the region and run on Monday mornings in Cransford with renowned local director Janet Weston or Wednesday mornings in Framlingham with the highly respected Edith Peck. Both of these are existing choirs, who already rehearse weekly, and are welcoming new WI singers for this project.

Then there will be two new choirs, singing pop music in harmony but without any musical notation and learning everything by ear. These will be run by Yula Andrews (pictured), founder of local community choir Pop Chorus. These choirs will meet on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 9th September 2018 at a venue in the north of the region (Beccles) and a venue in the south (Martlesham, near Ipswich).
There’s no need to audition or sing solo for any of the choirs, so it’s simply a case of choosing which style of music best suits you and which location and date you can make. You can join more than one choir if you like all sorts of singing! Hopefully, most members should find that they are within 45 minutes of a choir.

How will it work?
The choirs will each work independently on their own repertoire throughout the year. Excitingly, there will also be a number of joint songs that all the choirs will learn individually which will then be performed together at major WI events throughout the centenary year. These will be specifically arranged for the choirs by Yula and taught by her in the choir’s usual rehearsal sessions. There will be one extra special joint song that will really showcase the choirs and promote what the contemporary WI organisation is all about. Singers from all 4 choirs will come together to perform at events such as the 2019 March conference at Trinity Park, a summer concert, WI day at Trinity Park in September and various other centenary celebrations throughout the year.

Morning Chorus – Monday 9.30am at Cransford Village Hall – Janet Weston – £20 per term (3 terms per year)
Framlingham Ladies Choir – Wednesday 10am at St Claire’s Catholic Church, Framlingham – Edith Peck – £40 per term (3 terms per year)
SEFWI south Contemporary Choir – 2nd Sunday of the month 2pm at Martlesham Community Hall – Yula Andrews – £60 for 7 months
SEFWI north Contemporary Choir – 2nd Sunday of the month 10am at Blyburgate Hall, Beccles – Yula Andrews – £60 for 7 months

This will be a great opportunity to try something new, meet different people from across the region’s WI groups and be an integral part of the SEFWI centenary celebrations throughout 2019. You’ll also get to sing some wonderful music, including completely new arrangements of songs put together specifically for you. This will be a joyous, inclusive and fun experience in a supportive and friendly environment – your federation is only 100 once, come and help us mark the occasion!

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Posted on 15-Aug-2017 (Updated: 14-Mar-2020).