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Spring 2011 Newsletter

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Spring 2012 Newsletter

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

Autumn 2013 Newsletter

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Choir Festival at Überlingen Click Here  We were represented by Sponsalia

The Chantilly Handicap Stakes Winner 2014 - Pictures here

Our Trip to Chantilly Christmas Market in December 2014 - some pictures of a memorable weekend

Autumn 2014 Newsletter

French Speaking Competition 2014 - click here for Junior & Inter


English Public Speaking Competition in Chantilly 2015.  Click here to read all about it.

Latest Newsletter - click here -earlier Newsletters, see below

Spring 2015  Newsletter

The Cheese and Wine Evening 2015

The visit of the historical society from Chantilly 2015

Mayor’s Visit to Chantilly 2015

Senior French Speaking Competition

Excellent evening last night 30th Jan 2016 to celebrate Rabbie Burns. Ron and Carol Thorley had organised it and we had 54 people attend. The evening was great fun, the food and whisky of course was extremely good and with Paul Smy singing, Scottish Country Dancing with Celia, Margaret Nightingale reading poetry and Ian Hay stabbing the Haggis we had fun. We also raised something near £800 for the Choral festival funds. It was a shame that we couldn't have the festival choir singing one of Burns songs!

Clive Richardson

Visit to the Lycee in Chantilly

Clive and Anne visited the Lycee Jean Rostand to see project work carried out by students of the Lycee on the 20 years of twinning between the borough of Epsom and Ewell and the town of Chantilly.  We were met at the school gate by three students who took us in to the library.  There we met around twelve students with three of the staff.  The students had prepared a presentation for us and each made a short introduction in English to a section of the work they had undertaken.  We were able to ask questions and comment of the work.  It was really fascinating to trace back the history of horse racing in the town and to see how this made a natural link between Chantilly and Epsom and Ewell.

After the presentation we were treated to a range of photographs from the 20th anniversary celebrations last year where were able to see many old friends having an excellent celebration!

We then had some drinks in the central area of the library where we were able to talk to the project team and find out about them and what they wanted to do after they left college.

It was an excellent morning and the pupils had worked so hard.  We left them with a gift of cake to help them through the day!  See their work here

Anne Richardson

Burns night supper

Well, we did it! Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the committee, our members, singers, friends and other groups in the community, the festival (30th June to 3rd July 2016) was a great success. Our visitors and audiences complimented us on every aspect of the event, everything ran smoothly, everyone was fed and housed, transported and given as much shopping time as possible. The main aim of singing together was achieved and exceeded, in our magnificent venues, and the rain only came down when there were time and places to avoid it. The marquee at Epsom College was a major factor and a wonderful space to put on a good show. Any minor hiccups passed unnoticed.

Three concerts in as many days were preceded by a week of fun and song and dance in the Ashley Centre, with a good number of our local schools taking part, not to mention our visitors performing in the town following a civic welcome at the Playhouse. The visiting civic delegations were taken on a coach tour of the Borough, stopping off at the Racecourse, and being treated to tea at Nonsuch. We did ourselves and the Borough proud and are grateful for their support. We received thanks and congratulations from the Mayor and other council members who were very much in evidence throughout the weekend, and those sponsors who were able to attend. Our European visitors were thrilled and enjoyed every minute of their sadly too short stay. The best account of the weekend is shown in the pictures taken by Clive Richardson and Tony Rowe, a few of which are included here.

Thanks to careful negotiation and organisation, the amazing generosity of so many, and no major disasters, we also ended the weekend in a comfortable position financially.

Chantilly has bravely taken up the challenge yet again and will already be planning the 2018 Choral Festival. They have also suggested more cooperation and events involving the four twin towns together, perhaps sharing some of their regular festivals, e.g. Watermael-Boitsfort rugby tournaments, water sports in Überlingen, and maybe we can include some of them in a future Arts Festival or one of our sporting events. The committee will be looking at taking some of these ideas forward now we have recovered!

Once again, many, many thanks to you all for your hard work and support for what really was a major undertaking.

Diana Deavin, Vice Chairman and Festival Coordinator

Europe in Harmony - Choral Festival in Epsom and Ewell

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Autumn 2010 Newsletter

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An intrepid band of 8 set forth again for the annual Christmas Market Trip.  Laden with mince pies, marmalade, Christmas Puddings, Christmas Cakes and Crackers, not forgetting the Stilton and Cheddar we headed off on 9th Dec to cross the channel.  The market runs from Saturday at 9am through to 9pm and again on Sunday, but finishing earlier.  The eight of us manned the stall and we sold 90% of the produce. We met many old friends and made some new ones.  All in all a successful weekend.  Thanks to Clive and Mary Woodbridge, Ron and Carol Thorley, Richard and Diana Deavin and Clive and Anne Richardson.

Christmas Market

French Speaking Competition

We ran, in conjunction with Epsom Rotary Club three competitions (Senior, Intermediate and Junior) for French Speaking.  All three competitions were a great success

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Spring 2017

Rotary organises visit of Belgian choir to Epsom.

Following Epsom Choral Society’s excellent tour to Antwerp last summer,  Epsom Rotary Club was asked if a venue near London could be found for their 70 – strong oratorio choir “de Chorale”. As a result, on 26th May we were treated to a fine, slightly unusual, concert in St Martin’s.

It is fair to say that the concert, under the dramatic baton of Paul Dinneweth, and including works by Belgian composers, was not quite what we are used to. The choir goes for a big sound, but with no loss of clarity, and performed with much energy. They processed in to a resounding performance of “Zadok the Priest”, continuing with an arrangement of Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 45. Van Nuffield’s arrangement of Psalm 125 followed and the first half concluded with the shanty “Shenandoah”, arranged by J. Erb.

The choir’s accomplished organist, Peter Maus, then delighted us as he put St. Martin’s organ through its paces before the choir processed back in (using nave and both aisles) to the amazing “Immortal Bach” by Nystedt,  in which each choir member sang their part’s line of Bach’s  "Komm süßer Tod" (BWV 478), but in their own time!

More Mendelssohn was followed  by two works by Lodewijk de Vocht, the choir’s founder, including part of his choral symphony in which the choir truly takes the part of the orchestra (unlike in some better known works).

Finally a rousing chorus from Carmina Burana as encore, sung, as was much of the concert, without scores.

Thanks are due to the Choral Society for the loan of staging and lighting and to those members who assisted with set-up, clear-up and helping to recruit a good-size audience.

Richard Deavin

Pitch at Epsom and Ewell Borough Family Fun Day

We held our Christmas Dinner at The Chalk Lane Hotel - see pictures!

Trip to Chantilly Christmas Market 2nd weekend of December - see pictures

Junior and Inter French Speaking February 27th 2018

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French Speaking Competition in conjunction with Epsom Rotary

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English Public Speaking Competition with Chantilly Rotary Club

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16th Feb Quiz night at United Reformed Church Hall

8 teams fought a hotly contested quiz with a touch of fish and chips half way through. The top team (The one and onlies) scored 104 but the bottom team wasn’t far behind with 80 points.  A very happy evening with a great atmosphere.

Autumn 2017

24th June 2018 - “Come and Sing” with Barison’s Choir.  A successful “Come and Sing!” with a concert in the evening was held at St Barnabas’ Church in Epsom.  We collected money for Love me Love my Mind - a local mental health charity.  We sang Vivaldi’s Gloria which was a glorious piece for a summer evening.  The Orchestra also played The Bach Double - a concerto for two violins which was a fine start to the event. Barison’s will represent Epsom and Ewell in the Chantilly Choral Festival.  See the photos here

Photos of the Bastille Day Party at Brian Atkinson’s - click here

Armistice day in Chantilly.  Celine Winmill and family went to the Armistice Day remembrance ceremony in Chantilly.  Here is her report which is well worth reading.