HistoryWorks, who you might have seen at our Party on the Piece, are running a ‘Singing History’ project over the next couple of weeks. It’s free to take part and sounds like a lot of interesting fun! Flyer: Railway Singers pdf flyer
Dear Singers & those who’ve not sung for ages! Come & join a ‘scratch’ choir!
Please do join us for a series of FREE railway-themed singing sessions!
To celebrate our voices and our community Helen Weinstein and the team sourcing the stories and songs at Historyworks, (Mario Satchwell and Tizzy Faller, Bethany Kirby and Jon Calver), invite everyone to help us mark the contribution of the Railways coming to Cambridge in 1845, a transformative historical moment which saw opportunities for travels, cultures, connections. Many of the songs are inspired by local history research and have details taken from the fantastic Mill Road History Society’s “Capturing Cambridge” reports.
LYRICS AND SONGS – COMMISSIONED FOR THE PROJECT
Lyrics inspired by Cambridge’s past have been especially composed by the poet Michael Rosen and CBBC’s Horrible-Histories songwriter, Dave Cohen. The lyrics have been arranged for our ‘Railway Singers’ by the Music Director, Mario Satchwell, and by the Music Arranger for the project, Bethany Kirby. Movement sessions will be led by Rebecca Powell with support from Angharad Walter, Performing Art Instructors at Cambridge Stagecoach.
SESSIONS ARE FREE! You are welcome to attend ONE or A FEW or ALL
There will be gospel and soul numbers, folk songs and much more! The Railway Singers will meet this Autumn and perform at the Mill Road Winter Fair from 11am to 12 noon on Saturday 2nd December, starting with a concert in St Philip’s Church and if weather permits parading four blocks to sing by the railway-inspired sculpture of the ‘Romsey R’ when it is unveiled by the artists, Harry Gray and Will Hill on the corner of Mill Road and Cavendish Road.
STARTS ON THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER WITH SINGING & A SOCIAL
Thursday 21st September 7.30pm to 8.30pm at St Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, CB1 3AN; and afterwards there will be a social from 8.30pm-9.30pm or so when we will walk around the corner to view the art studio of Harry Gray, the sculptor of the ‘Romsey R’ where Historyworks will provide free refreshments for the social, including beer from the local Calverley’s Brewery, apple juices from the Cambridge Organic Food Company, cakes from Fen Ditton, crisps from Corkers of Ely!
DATES & VENUES – SEE ATTACHED FLYER
Please note most of the singing and movement sessions are on Thursday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm but there are a few Sunday afternoon sessions for recording soundscapes and songs, learning movements to accompany the gospel numbers, and these are programmed for 2pm to 4pm so that singers can easily bring along friends and family to join in! All the dates and venues are printed overleaf on the flyer. Celebratory Sing-Along will be Saturday December 2nd inside St Philip’s Church with a Rehearsal at 10am and Performance at 11am!
Professor Helen Weinstein
Director of Historyworks