MicWire at Stoke Sings! Online 2021

We had an absolutely brilliant Day at Stoke Sings! online on 13th March 2021. With 13 singing and voice workshops available by a variety of talented choir leaders from around Stoke and a keynote from Kathy Bullock from the USA, we were really spoiled for choice!

The Stoke Sings! Virtual Choir was formed in advance (see if you can spot some familiar faces in there!) and the premiere was played at the end of our singing celebrations too. With well over 100 attendees donating £3, plus a little extra if they could afford, the event covered costs so every presenter got paid fairly, with a tiny amount left over to go towards next years festival too. It is truly a local celebration that is gaining traction every year – and we’re really proud to be a part of it!

Here’s our lockdown song written by the talented Martin and Shan Jones. We hope you enjoy it:

MicWire in Isolation 2021

For the first part of this year, the UK was thrown into total lockdown again. As we had kind of anticipated this might happen before Christmas, we had already organised a 5 week isolation project to learn, record and video 2 new songs. These were Caravan of Love by The Housemartins and God Only Knows by The Beach Boys.

We completed this task and have so far shared the songs on our Facebook Page where we have so far raised £75 for Motherwell Charity Cheshire. Our songs will be sent to local care homes to cheer up the residents we usually visit a couple of times a year, and then shown again on International Women’s Day via the Motherwell Cheshire Facebook Page. This will be alongside many other talented speakers, performers and events to celebrate women in our local area, and all around the world. Do tune in – find out more here!

#womensupportingwomen

If you would like to be part of our next isolation project, it begins on 3rd March and you can sign up here.

Meanwhile, check out our video of Caravan of Love on YouTube here:

MicWire Watch The Baker Street Belles

On Wednesday 29th July we arranged an outdoor socially distanced concert of some of our favourite MicWire songs performed by The Baker Street Belles. The turn out was fantastic with not only choir members, but also lots of the local village residents dropping by to watch (and dance) as well.

It was amazing to see everyone in person again after having online rehearsals for 18 weeks throughout lockdown! We are all excited to get back to choir rehearsals (and pub visits) together as soon as we are allowed, but this was the perfect intermission to our recently solitary lives.

This evening also marked Grace’s official last ‘maternity cover’ with the choir. We need to say such a huge and special thanks to Grace for keeping us motivated online during the strangest year we have all ever experienced. Her rehearsals have certainly been one of the weekly highlights for many of us and it’s been mentioned that singing alone at home has provided the ideal opportunity to really learn the notes – because there’s no-one else to rely on… Silver lining and all that!

The good news is that Kate is returning as our conductor in September AND Grace has agreed to continue working with us too which means double trouble, double bonkers and double vocal experience shared with the choir too.

We’re keeping a close eye on the government guidelines and we will be attempting to facilitate rehearsals as normal as soon as we are allowed although I anticipate that online rehearsals will be continued throughout September. We will be in touch via email as soon as we know more.

If you’re thinking of joining a local choir for singing, social and general frivolity, sign up to our newsletter here to discover updates as to what we have planned for next term.

 

Tree of Light MicWire Crewe

Tree of Light 2019

MicWire Choir at Tree of Light Crewe 2019We felt really honoured to be invited back to sing at this heartfelt ceremony at Crewe Cemetery this year. Unfortunately, due to illness there were fewer singers in our contingent than normal, but we still hope that we provided the songs and music you need to help remember those who have passed as we approach Christmas this year.

Wishing you all happy memories of the loved ones who are sadly no longer with us, and a beautiful Christmas and New Year ahead.

Love from us all at MicWire.

Tree of Light Ceremony Crewe

Etsy Fair at Reaseheath

We had a lovely afternoon at the Etsy fair performing for passers by on Saturday afternoon. The stalls were brilliant – it’s clear that there are so many talented artists, crafters, designers and bakers in our locality and we were super happy to provide some entertainment for the happy shoppers during the afternoon.

We loved looking around the stalls both before and after our set to pick up some great Christmas Gifts and to support local business owners who came together for a really lovely event.

Thanks for having us Reaseheath!

Reaseheath Choir singing MicWire Craft Fair

MicWire Perform at Christmas Cabaret Crewe Hall

Christmas Cabaret

MicWire had a great evening performing at Crewe Hall for the Charity Christmas Cabaret organised by Kate Cubley on 29th November 2019.

It was a fantastic evening filled with music and good food in aid of the charity 52 Lives.

The total monies raised amounted to £1170.41 which was then doubled by Barclays staff to a huge £2340.82.

We’re so proud to be a part of such a great evening!

Grace Allwood takes the MicWire reigns

MicWire is comprised of a fantastic group of friendly local singers who perform in the local community regularly at a variety of events. The choir was formed by Kate Cubley Vocal Coach back in May 2017 and has been a consistent mid-week diary picker-upper for choir members ever since. Choir members regularly comment how much fun they have on a Wednesday evening at rehearsals.

“It’s exactly what I need in the middle of the week – it always makes me feel good, no matter what kind of week I’m having at work.”

This November, Kate has temporarily stepped away from her role as choir leader and we’re absolutely delighted to welcome the young, vibrant and talented Grace Allwood Music Teacher to look after us during Kate’s time off.

Grace Allwood Music Teacher Crewe

Grace has a wealth of experience working with choirs in both Liverpool and in Crewe and has a regular position working at Stagecoach. We couldn’t wish for a better person to work with us in Kate’s absence 🙂 Do come along and join us welcome Grace to our midst in the run up to Christmas and for new music early next year!

We can’t wait to find out what Grace has in store for us all!

MicWire at Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival 2019

MicWire at Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival

MicWire had an amazing afternoon singing at the Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival, not to mention that there was some delicious food on offer and other brilliant musicians performing throughout the day 👌

Thanks so much to everyone in the crowd for coming along to support us, it was brilliant to see some friendly and familiar faces!

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and thanks to Lindsey and James for inviting us along to be a part of another lovely day out in Crewe ❤️

#InCrewe #crewefoodfest #CreweChoir#halloween

Dance Sing Play – Crewe Lyceum – 14th September 2019

From The Cat 107.9FM

Join The Cat 107.9FM for Dance, Sing, Play in aid of Elle’s Wishes and Mid Cheshire Hospital Trust.

Supported by talented local artists and performers, the afternoon performance will be filled with dance groups and choirs and the evening performance with exciting live music.

Proceeds from the afternoon performance will go to the Elle’s Wishes Campaign and proceeds from the evening performance will go to MCH.

Tickets are priced at £6.50 for children and £11.50 for adults and a family of four ticket offer of £31 for the afternoon performance.

For the evening performance all tickets are priced at £16.50.

Tickets can be ordered online at https://crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/tickets-dance-sing-play-crewe-2019 or via the box office on 01270 368242.

 

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Afternoon Performance – Dance & Sing (2PM)

Gather Voices

TGA Glasheen

Matrix Cheer Squad

Via Dance

MicWire

Fraser School of Irish Dance

Nightingale Choir

 

Evening Performance – Play (7PM)

Callum Wright

Megan Lee

Oli Ng

The Blue Yellows

Green Bullet

Bad Duke and Beggars

 

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Filming MicWire choir outside Crewe Town Hall

MicWire Make a Music Video

Remember back in July 2018 when we wrote about our first ever choir recording experience at Orchard Studios? Well, this July 2019 we had another first experience: our first video making experience, with local film director John Williams.

Filming singers outside Crewe Church

John has traditionally earned himself a name for being Stoke-on-Trent’s most awarded cult horror film director, but in light of his creepy stares and clever camera angles, we thought he was the perfect choice for our video production, as we wanted to capture a neutral yet urban feel to our video.

We filmed the action around Crewe town centre, near to where the choir rehearse at the Crewe Lifestyle Centre. For backgrounds we used the shutters at the back of the market, brick walls behind the gym, the beautiful church, the pillars in the car park underneath the civic centre and the concourse outside the court houses to give our video a modern, yet discomforting street feel.

We took to the streets of Crewe late one Sunday evening in July to capture some of the evening sunshine and it has to be said that we all had such a great time filming it. Try to spot the scenes where the singers are trying not to laugh (That’s because other choir members behind the lens are trying to make them chuckle!)

We love getting together to make music together every Wednesday, yet these annual socials offer members a super way to get to know choir members from different voice parts who you wouldn’t have the opportunity to chat to during a normal rehearsal session in a fun and exciting environment. MicWire is about singing, singing for fun and to make ourselves feel good.

We’re able to make friends, break down barriers, improve our confidence and learn new songs to sing. To be able to share just one of those songs with you in our music video is such a joy.

We hope you like what we have created!

Love MicWire

PS. New members always welcome: Join us on Wednesday’s at the Crewe Lifestyle Centre – it’s just £5 on the door.