This lovely choir will be performing with UMCM on 22nd June at 4.15 in St. John the Baptist’s Church, Coventry. Looking forward to this very much.
We would like to congratulate our own Lizzie Perring for being nominated for a Godiva Award! Lizzie has worked tirelessly for many years on empowering people to discover their inner singer and to incorporate singing into healing and recovery.
Our friends at St John the Baptist church, Fleet Street, Coventry are hosting a piano recital by Jill Crossland on Saturday May 11 at 7pm. Admission is £5 and there are refreshments. Jill gave a recital last year on the loan piano to great success and received wonderful reviews. This year she plays on the original Bechstein piano which was restored so beautifully last June.
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.
We’re starting a regular newsletter from March, to keep everyone in touch with what we’ve been doing and what we have planned. Subscribe to it here.
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.