Local choir Voices of the Forest will be bringing some Christmas cheer to Lyndhurst with a lively and inspiring evening of Christmas carols and festive songs from around the world.
The Voices of the Forest concert takes place on Saturday 14th December at St Michael’s Church in Lyndhurst, and is part of the Lyndhurst Christmas Tree Festival. The concert starts at 7.30pm and will raise funds for the Friends of Lyndhurst Surgery and the League of Friends of Fenwick2 health and well-being centre.
As well as beautiful Christmas and world songs, the Christmas Tree concert will also feature several piano pieces from VoF musical director Fabian Lochner and readings by local poet David Wilson. There will be a chance for the audience to sing along to some of their favourite carols, including O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Come All Ye Faithful. Tickets, costing £8, are available at the door, with refreshments included.
Voices of the Forest, which meets weekly in Emery Down, recently took part in the Wessex Cancer Trust Christmas Carol Concert in Romsey Abbey, hosted by BBC Radio Solent presenter Katie Martin. The choir performed in front of a packed audience of VIPs and WCT supporters and received many accolades for the quality of its singing.
Fabian Lochner teaches music and drama at the Sheiling School in Ringwood and is an accomplished performer, composer and musical director. Voices of the Forest has around 40 members from all over the New Forest and is a mainly unaccompanied choir that sings in four-part harmony. The repertoire takes in world music and original work from many countries and cultures, as well as some classical and English traditional songs.
Choir committee chairman Cathy Sherrin said the choir warmly welcomes new members. “Anyone interested in joining the choir is invited to a free Open Sing,” said Cathy. “Songs are learned by ear and members do not need to be able to read music. We are a very friendly group that loves to sing, to perform and to improve the quality of our singing. It’s fun and inspiring and joyful, so why not give it a try? Next term the choir will be learning a new repertoire including songs from the Mediterranean and Brazil, so it will be a good time join.”
The next Open Sing will be on Saturday 18th January from 10.30am-12.30 at Richard Taunton’s College, Hill Lane, Southampton SO15 5RL. Alternatively anyone interested in trying out the choir can attend a free session at Emery Down Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 7th January, starting at 7.30pm.
Voices of the Forest has also raised nearly £1000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care through its performances this year. The choir has produced a CD, World of Song, and has a new website at http://www.voicesoftheforest.co.uk/, where you can buy the CD, find out about forthcoming events and hear examples of the songs.