UMCM presents Singing In Harmony, a short workshop aimed at inexperienced singers to give you a taste of singing in harmony. No experience needed and no need to be able to read music. No preparation – you will be taught everything you need on the day, and you don’t have to be a “singer”.
It’s followed by a Bring and Share party which everyone is welcome to. Please contact UMCM if you would like to attend the singing, the party or both.
We’re planning a Peace and Reconciliation event at Earlsdon Methodist Church on Saturday 12 October. The event is shaping up nicely, in fact we are really excited about it and talking to churches and organisations regarding the format and programme. Details will be released as soon as they are confirmed.
Lizzie has had some really interesting feedback on what it means to perform with UMCM and we would love to hear more from performers especially on how performing at our events has helped you to overcome or cope with fear etc. This can be anonymous but will help us when applying for funding and will enhance the perception of UMCM in Coventry.
Please don’t be backward in coming forward to express whatever you feel could be helpful. Thank you!
Our Midsummer Festival is really starting to take shape! Remember it’s on June 22 and it’s an all-dayer with many talented artists in the church and cafe, including the Worldsong choir and many UMCMers, and a concert in the evening. We’re delighted that pianist Antoine Mitchell will be performing a recital in the evening concert.
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Between Us and Craig Holmes and the Sax Quartet are holding a fundraising concert in aid of UMCM. The event takes place at Earlsdon Park Village on Saturday 23 March at 7pm, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landings (was it really that long ago?) including songs and pieces about the moon and stars. Tickets are £8 full price and £5 for residents.
UMCM are looking for an accompanist who shares our core values. Some payment will be available. See the attached poster for full details. Please contact UMCM if you think you might be interested or just to know more.
UMCM’s programme of events starts early this year with a Valentine’s Day Tea Party in the Church Room at St John Fisher Church, Tiverton Road, Coventry CV2 3DL.
We look forward to an afternoon of pleasant music with, we’re sure, a hint of romance, and who knows, we might even find love! But if not, we will at least find tea, cake and good company, and we can take comfort in the knowledge that as well as being the patron saint of courtly love, St Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers and protects against plague.
It was with great sadness that we heard yesterday that our dear friend Austin Wootton passed away on Friday. Austin was one of the longest serving performers at UMCM, with a beautiful baritone voice, and was an inspiration to us all. His performances were always deeply moving and he offered everyone else his personal support to feel confident to perform to their highest ability.
Austin’s very special rendition of Gorney and Harburg’s Buddy Can You Spare A Dime was charged by his life story with his memory of his father coming to Coventry to work on the war reparations.
Austin was a modest and very tender man who loved the romantic songs and their stories. He will be greatly missed and we are all thinking of his family and of the wonderful moments that we were lucky to share with him.
Buddy Can You Spare A Dime
UMCM would like to congratulate everyone who took part in or helped to organise the Christmas concert last night. It was a wonderful evening with a full and lively audience and we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We will post more here during the week including pictures.
UMCM’s next concert is a Christmas Carol concert on Saturday December 8th at Earlsdon Park Village, Albany Rd, Coventry CV5 6JQ, starting at 7pm. Expect Christmas carols and songs famous and obscure, fresh faces and old favourites, and lots of fun. Dress festively if you like and warm up your voices!
A cabaret style concert with hot food during the interval was shared between the musicians of UMCM and the group Between Us. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by the performers and by the excellent turnout of people watching and indeed singing along. Thank you to our hosts Sacred Heart Church, Harefield Road, Coventry.
We all had a lovely time as anticipated at Earlsdon Park Village. We would like to thank everyone who took part and especially Mary for organising and hosting the event and Lizzie for accompanying most of the singers. We should be putting some pictures up fairly soon. Thanks and really well done to all of our perfomers, Mary, Chris, Bernadette, Steve, Sanjana, Patsy, Adam and Elizabeth, Zenith Harmony, and Lizzie, George who did the sound and lighting, everyone who helped set up and take down, and everyone who came to watch and listen. Next up – cabaret on November 3rd!
UMCM are performing a concert tonight with the theme Secrets, Lies and Spies! We have made many new friends over recent months and many singers and players will be performing for us for the first time. In the best tradition of UMCM experienced performers will appear alongside improvers, some of whom have only trodden the boards once or twice before. So we are looking forward to a wonderful night including songs from James Bond and Lord of the Rings and lots of other exciting stuff! Please come along to the theatre at Earlsdon Park Village, Albany Rd, Coventry CV5 6JQ. Show starts at 7pm, tickets £5 and enjoy post-show pint or cuppa at the in-house bar.