The choir LOVE to perform!
We have performed in many places and for many people since the choir started in 1987. We have regularly performed at a number of National Trust properties throughout the area, such as Seaton Delaval Hall, Gibside and Cherryburn, which has become a bit of a choir tradition over the years- we always enjoy taking a picnic and spending time enjoying the garden as well as singing for visitors. Belsay Hall is another regular spot for performing and we were lucky enough to be asked to sing as part of BBC Radio 4’s long running “Gardener’s Question Time”.
We are also privileged to have been asked to sing at Citizenship Ceremonies in both Newcastle and Gateshead for the last few years and this is something we continue to enjoy being part of.
We have taken part in events at Sage Gateshead, such as the English Folk, Dance and Song Society’s “Full English” concert. We have often performed at Beamish Museum, both as part of their Winter Festival events and at other times during the year. We also regularly take part in the National Streetchoirs Festival, which in recent years has been held in Aberystwyth, Whitby and Kendal.
In the weeks before Christmas each year, the choir has always been in demand and we perform regularly at Newcastle Central Library, Eldon Square, Grainger Market and the traditional “Carols at the Cross” event in Ryton.
We try where ever possible to use our performances as a means of raising funds for our nominated charities and this has lead us to ending each Summer term of rehearsals with our “Quayside Busk”- an enjoyable walk around the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside, stopping at regular points to sing a few songs and allow the ever generous public to drop any loose changes into our charity collection buckets.