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Paula Tansley

September 23, 2013

We sadly report the death of one of our Sopranos, Paula Tansley. Paula’s appearances at rehearsals had been limited of late, presumably because of illness, but we nevertheless mourn her passing and express our condolences to her husband, family and friends.

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Membership Sec. And Marathon Runner

April 23, 2012

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Congratulations to our Membership Secretary Pam Allen, who completed the 2012 Virgin London Marathon in 19,786th place (614th woman),  in the highly creditable time for a non-specialist runner of 4 hours, 34 minutes, 37 seconds. Pam was running on behalf of Oxford I.M.P.S. (the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools at the JR in Oxford (for more information about this charityvisit  www.impsweb.co.uk). Pam will be along at  rehearsals to collect pledges already made and will, we’re sure, accept late donations. We’re sure that she’ll also be happy to collect any of the (few) outstanding instalments of Society subscriptions too …

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Creation, But An Ending Too

April 23, 2012

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Thanks to all those who took part in, sold tickets for, or who helped out in any other way with, Wantage Choral Society’s performance of Haydn’s “Creation” in Wantage Civic Hall on Saturday March 31st.

The concert marked the end of Richard Smith’s seven-year term as Musical Director of the Society. The photo to the left shows Society Chairman Denise Davies presenting Richard (a keen art collector) with an original watercolour “The Ridgeway and the Rusty Fence” by Gus Mills, an artist based in East Challow, just down the road from Wantage.

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Spring 2012 Concert — Almost Upon Us

December 6, 2011

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We always try to make sure that our last Tuesday rehearsal before the concert (Tuesday 27th March) is held at the concert venue (Wantage Civic Hall), and this time is no exception. Society members: please ensure that you are in place, ready to sing, at 7.30pm. And as usual we have a concert-day rehearsal, starting for the chorus at 2.30pm.

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Congratulations …

April 12, 2011

Congratulations to Pauline Herbert (Alto) on the safe arrival of a daughter (Henrietta Rose). HRH and her Mum are both doing well.

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Spring Concert 2011 — A Full House?

March 20, 2011

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Our thanks for an excellent Spring Concert go out to our Musical Director Richard Smith, to the West Forest Sinfonia, to our Soprano soloist Penny Grant, and to Dr. Sheikh Hojjat Ramzy, who made the traditional Muslim Call to Prayer which is such an unusual but effective part of our main work, Karl Jenkins’s “The Armed Man”. Thanks also to the people of Wantage and the surrounding area who gave us such great support: your Webmaster couldn’t see any empty seats, although his view of the audience area was obscured by some rather tall Tenors.

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Easy Fund Raising?

February 5, 2010


At last, a fund-raising method that does what it says on the tin (or the URL?). It’s www.easyfundraising.org.uk. You can raise a small but helpful amount of funding for the Society, while spending no more money than you had planned to do anyway in your online shopping.

Here’s all you have to do:

  • Register (it’s free), or log-in if you’re already registered
  • Enter your chosen fundraising cause as Wantage Choral Society
  • Choose from one of the wide range of retailers or service providers, and do your on-line shopping as normal