Feb 20th 2019
The last two months of 2018 proved quite hectic for the choir. We were involved in four concerts, two of which were the Remembrance concerts at Middlesbrough Theatre in December, and two further Christmas concerts in December at different venues. We were fortunate to have our regular conductor, John Dixon, with us for each concert even though he was suffering with a virus throughout. In spite of this he took us through these concerts, which were very successful, and for which we received excellent feedback.
Since the beginning of the year, however, his health has not improved and he has decided that he will be reducing some of his many responsibilities and unfortunately this includes Musical Director of the Apollo choir. We are very disappointed to be losing John because he was doing a great job with us, but we do wish him well and hope his health improves quickly.
April 26th 2019
Some good news lately. We have been fortunate to have obtained a replacement for John in David Beall the present Musical Director of the G&S Society and David has agreed to direct the choir for the foreseeable future. There will obviously be a lot of work involved in preparation for forthcoming concerts, some of which were either cancelled or put on hold until we had a Musical Director.
June 23rd. 2019
Our concert last night at Eston Methodist Church was the choir’s first under the baton of new Musical Director, David Beall. From all accounts and judging by the audience feed back it was a resounding success. The programme for the concert was put together at fairly short notice and both audience and choir went away very happy with the performance. So we must now concentrate all our efforts on producing new programmes for the concerts at the end of the year.
July 9th 2019
Our final rehearsal, before Summer break-up, will be on Monday 15th July. We will return on Monday 9th September, ready for some intense rehearsals. We also learned at last night’s rehearsal that our new choir President will be our long serving tenor, David Carter MBE.
We had our first rehearsal on Monday following a 6 week break. We are now working with three different music programme for our concerts which continue through to the end of the year. So from now on Monday evenings will involve a lot of hard work for all concerned until mid – December.
A big thanks to all who turned up at Holy Trinity Church last night to ensure we had an entertaining concert. The audience was appreciative, providing some good feedback and although the choir was light in numbers they performed well, as did soloists Susan Robertson, David Carter. Also apart from conducting the choir, David Beall provided us with two solos. We now have to prepare for our Annual Concerts and our Christmas concerts later in the year.
There is a general point I would like to make about this web-site. I manage this site, trying to keep viewers up to date with all of the choir’s activities and I can see how many visits are made to the site each day. On average there are some 15 to 20 visits each day but in the last month there have been almost 1000 visits. The striking thing to me, however, is that there have been no entries in the Guest Book for about two years. It would be helpful if there are any thoughts you may have on anything relating to the choir whether they be good or bad (no obscenities please) to put them into the Guest Book.. It is fairly simple to use this facility and who knows, it may help to improve the site.
We’ve begun advertising for our concerts at the Middlesbrough theatre and tickets are on sale at £10 at the theatre on tel. 01642 815181 or with Dave Pearce at tel. 01642 599786. This is our main source of income and we urge you to support these entertaining concerts.
Tickets are now on sale (£5 each) for our Christmas concert at St. Barnabas Church, Middlesbrough on Saturday 7th December at 7.30. This concert, which includes much audience participation, was a great success last year, according to feedback. Tickets can be obtained through choir members, at the door or through this website.