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Sunday, 17 June 2018

FEEL THE SPIRIT CONCERT REVIEW | London Pro Arte Choir June 16 2018

FEEL THE SPIRT
LONDON PRO ARTE CHOIR
SATURDAY JUNE 16 2018


Shearing     Songs and Sonnets
Copland      Two Songs of Emily Dickenson
Barber        Sure on this Shining Night
Lauridson   Nocurnes
Rutter         Feel The Spirit

Helen Charlston  Mezzo Soprano
Charles Andrews Piano
Tom Winpenny Conductor

The annual summer concert by the Pro Arte Choir is always a joyous occasion and St Michael's Church in Flower Lane Mill Hill was packed out to see a varied and very jazzy programme on a warm summer's day.

The concert began with the choir singing jazz arrangements of Sonnets and Songs by Shakespeare composed by George Shearing.   These were full of bluesy harmonies and set the tone for an evening of works by Anglo/American composers.

The star turn of the evening was Mezzo Soprano Helen Charlston who dazzled us all with some very impressive singing.  In this first half she sang two songs by Aaron Copland setting words by Emily Dickinson and then a glorious, soaring rendition of Samuel Barber's Sure on this Shining Night.  Helen was greatly appreciated by the large audience.

To complete the first half were some nocturnes by Morten Lauridson - one in French - one in Spanish and one in English. In fact the English nocturne was the same text Sure on this Shining Night which gave us two versions in one sitting to compare and contrast.

The choir are certainly working hard these days under the direction of Tom Winpenny and in the first half had to deal with complex harmonies in Lauridson - jazzy blues rhythms and harmonies in the Shearing as well as singing in three languages.  That they carried it off so effortlessly is a great achievement.

The interval is worth mentioning.  There was Strawberries and cream ( At an incredible £1.50 a go !) Pimms - Wine - Soft Drinks and a fantastic home made cake stall.    The large audience enjoyed the interval !  A very successful #NW7meetyourneighbours event !

Audience Enjoying the Interval


The second part was the main event. John Rutter the famous English composer of Christmas Carols also writes many other works.  This one called FEEL THE SPIRIT was a gospel tinged arrangement of several of the best known gospel songs for choir.   Starting with Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho and ending with When the Saints go Marching In.   The choir gave a blistering performance in these audience pleasing gospel songs.  Helen Charlston provided the solos and rose above the choir with great clarity and power.   The audience cheered all the performers at the end of what had been a marvellous and varied evening.

L-R  Charles Andrews - Tom Winpenny - Helen Charlston Taking applause


The next Concert by the Choir is the ever popular Handel's Messiah on Saturday 24 November in St Michaels's and I do suggest that you get a ticket as early as possible to make sure of your seat because this one will sell out I would expect.   In addition if you sing or want to sing then why not attend the CHORAL WORKSHOP on 15 September at St Michael's with Tom Winpenny and for £20 or £10 if a student - you can sing the choruses and have lunch ( Score is provided)

For all information please go to the website www.lpac.org.uk 

Friday, 15 June 2018

#NW7meetyourneighbours LAUNCHES THIS WEEKEND WITH CONCERT

This weekend #NW7meetyourneighbours starts with a mix of paid and free events over the next few months. The idea is to use these special community events to bring people together. Please come along and chat and meet friends and find new friends.   Let us all create a community that looks out for each other and comes together often.   Money cant buy community - so it is up to everyone to get out of the house/flat and attend some events locally !!!

THIS WEEKEND IS THE FANTASTIC and WONDERFUL SUMMER MUSIC CONCERT :

SATURDAY 16 JUNE LPAC CHOIR CONCERT
St Michaels Church off Broadway 7.30p.m
A great programme of lovely summer music with an interval and PIMMS. Adults only £15 at the door and UNDER 18s FREE. A great chance to mingle with a couple of hundred locals at one of the great summer annual events in the Mill Hill Calendar.




FORTHCOMING EVENTS : PLEASE DO ATTEND !

SUNDAY 24 JUNE COMEDY CLUB 
NW7hub 7.30p.m
EDINBURGH PREVIEW
See top comedians in Mill Hill for a mere £12 a ticket which includes a FREE drink. A time for locals to laugh together. Great for our well being. Do support this first ever Comedy event in the heart of Mill Hill.

FRIDAY 29 / SATURDAY 30 JUNE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL & MARKET on Broadway 
This is promising to be THE free event of the Summer in Mill Hill. With a great stage and loads of bands etc from lunchtime to the evening. Bar - Food and loads of stalls. Ideal to come down for a few hours or the whole day. Meet all the Neighbourhood Forum and Hub teams as well as local councillors, celebrities, and have a drink and eat food together. Ideal for all the family.


Friday, 25 May 2018

NEW COMEDY CLUB LAUNCHES AT NW7hub in Mill Hill

A new Comedy Club launches in Mill Hill at the brilliant NW7hub. 

Its first events have tickets on sale now - and we suggest that you get a ticket as soon as possible because these evenings have top quality comedy prior to the Edinburgh Festival.

At just £12 the ticket is great value because it includes a drink which can be wine or beer or soft drinks.  So you can turn up and have a drink all for just £12 and enjoy some excellent comedy.

Tickets are available from the NW7hub or ONLINE bu clicking here from www.ents24.com/NW7hub including a small booking fee.

Please spread the word and come along with your friends for what promises to be some of the best and funniest nights in Mill Hill.

See poster for details of who is performing.


CANNONS FISH AND CHIPS CLOSED UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY 31 MAY 2018

Just a notice to warn everyone that Cannons is closed until next Thursday for refurbishment.

We look forward to this fantastic Chip shop re-opening.

If you are a customer looking for alternatives this week and Bank Holiday then you have plenty.  The KEBAB Takeaway on Station Road has superb chips and a variety of grilled kebabs and veggie options. If you have not tried it then you should.  Barnet Eye had it in its Top 10 Restaurants in Mill Hill and it is excellent for takeaways.

Many other restaurants on Broadway do takeaways including RED ROOSTER CHICKEN - MILL HILL TANDOORI and BOB's CAFE and BAW.  Just come down and be prepared to wait or shop while your food is prepared.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday and make sure you visit the Broadway !


BLUEBELLES CELEBRATES ITS 3rd BIRTHDAY on BROADWAY

The popular Coffee cafe Bluebelles celebrated its 3rd Birthday with a special event last night.   Balloons - bubbly plus cake was available for all who called in.

The cafe has become famous for its cakes - and especially its vegan cakes  !

Now the cafe has solved its Rubbish problem the cafe is one of the best places on the Broadway to sit outside and watch the world go by.  Plenty of seating and great coffee make Bluebelles another great success on the Broadway and wish them many more years of success.


Monday, 23 April 2018

LONDON PRO ARTE CHOIR ANNOUNCE NEW CONCERT

The fantastic LONDON PRO ARTE CHOIR have announced their summer concert.  More details are available in the FRIDAY edition of the May MH TODAY newspaper but here is the poster with all the ticket details.

An ideal way to spend a summer Saturday night - why not combine it with a visit to BOBs CAFE or HUDSONs or PIZZA EXPRESS before or after the concert.   We hope it will be a sunny day !


MILL HILL MUSIC THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCE NEXT SHOW

We are delighted to tell you that the brilliant local musical theatre group who have had recent hits with SISTER ACT and THE BOYFRIEND return in the Autumn in a new production of the brilliant FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

If you want to know more this weekends MAY EDITION Of MH Today will have all the infornation about the production. Expect a link here on FRIDAY AFTERNOON.