Our Christmas Concert took place in All Saints’ Church, sometimes spoken of as Basingstoke's 'hidden gem', a beautiful place for this event. Little did we know that this would be our last concert for some time! A sell out audience was treated to a superb and entertaining mix of music including songs to join in with, which they did with great gusto. We were joined by 'A Splash of Red’, a choir from Fairford in Wiltshire, who added their own entertaining twist to that Christmas perennial 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. We couldn’t have a Christmas concert without some of the much-loved traditional carols which everyone sang accompanied by Chris Olding on the organ. It was a pleasure too, to be joined by our Mayor, Cllr Diane Taylor, a great supporter of the musical scene in Basingstoke, and her consort and husband Andy Taylor. Proceeds from this concert went to Home-Start.
Our Annual Concert at Aldworth School
Sat, 12 Oct 2019
There were many poignant moments at our Annual Concert in October 2019. Our own Annie, who is a talented artist in her own right, had on display a brilliant painting bringing to life the song 'When I am Silent'. The writer and composer of the song, Joan Varner, had visited Auschwitz where she saw the picture of a young Polish girl who died at Auschwitz. Thoughts about the girl and what her life might have been like stayed with Joan and out of that came the song, 'When I am Silent'. - the air fell still!
Earlier in the year we had had the privilege of being the guest choir of Jubilate at their Midsummer Concert and so we were delighted to welcome them to share the platform with us at our Annual Concert. They thrilled our audience with their entertaining programme, including a display of bloomers as they sang 'Ladies on a Bicycle in Bloomers' sending a bit of a frisson round the audience!
We had a packed audience and a programme with many and varied styles of music. The enjoyment of all was evident from tears of emotion to tears of laughter. For the final number of the evening both choirs took the stage to give a magnificent uplifting performance of 'You Raise Me Up'.
BLC - Guests of Jubilate Ladies' Choir
Sat, 22 Jun 2019
June 22nd 2019 saw us joining another award winning choir, 'Jubilate' at their concert 'Midsummer Music'.
BLC Guests of Wessex Male Choir
Sat, 11 May 2019
On Saturday May 8th we travelled to Highworth, Wiltshire as Guests of the Wessex Male Choir. On arrival we were made very welcome with tea and homemade cakes. Both choirs had a programme of light hearted songs mixed with more classical ones. In one song a small group of the men sauntered in wearing sunglasses and singing 'Under the Boardwalk'. They were then joined by the rest of the choir giving us a splendid show of their moves as they continued singing! Not to be outdone, Basingstoke Ladies entertained the audience with an exuberant African-style song, ‘Kuimba’, together with playing percussion instruments and then the playful song, 'Sigh No More Ladies', based on Shakespeare’s text in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
Wessex Male Choir have won many prestigious competitions. In 2018 they took first place in the Male Choir class at the Mid-Somerset Choral Festival and also the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts. Then just one month following their concert with us they travelled to Poland for the International Choir Festival in Krakow and took 1st place in both the Male Choir and Senior Choir categories. We were honoured to be invited to sing with them at their concert and hope to be able to invite them to be our guests at aconcert in the near future.
Cornwall Tour 2018
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 to Mon, 24 Aug 2020
In June 2018 the choir travelled to Cornwall to sing with 2 Cornish Choirs.
BLC took part in two concerts in Cornwall. The first was with the Treverva Male Voice Choir at All Saints Church in Falmouth. We were made extremely welcome and enjoyed a party with our new friends afterwards. A wonderful warm and sunny day in Falmouth enjoying the sea shanty festival added to the fun. The second concert followed on the Sunday in Penzance where we sang at St Mary’s church with the Levow an Bys Choir. Once again, we received a wonderfully warm welcome. We learnt some of the Cornish language and took part in a workshop before the concert started which was great fun. The after-concert party saw friendships being made and lovely food enjoyed alongside opportunities to learn a little Cornish dancing and partake in some shared singing. Altogether the long weekend was a great success and everyone went home tired but happy.