MicWire loved Stoke Sings!

Stoke Sings was a joyful day of song organised by Cllr Lillian Dodd of Stoke City Council and Penny Vincent of Staffordshire University.

Our choir leader Kate joined the organising committee at its conception in August 2018.

“It’s been such a joy to see the

event blossom from a single idea

into such a fantastic and revered

event for the city!” – Kate C

MicWire were thrilled to be invited to sing on 2nd February 2019 in the evening performance alongside some of the towns other really amazing choirs.  We chose to sing  ‘The Longest Time’ by Billy Joel which is a tricky piece in 6-part harmony that we performed a cappella for the first time, on this huge stage, in front of our biggest ever audience: It was absolutely exhilarating!

The programme included:

Swan Bank Gospel Choir

Potters Community Choir

Loud Mouth Women

Fulford Community Choir

University Hospital Choir

Peace Through Folk Choir

Endon Community Choir

Inter Theatre Stoke Choir

Staffordshire Community Choir

Village Voices

Clay Chorus

Cornerstone Singers

Keele Women’s Community Choir

Us (MicWire)

Mow Cop Community Choir

dDeaflinks Silent Choir

The evening culminated with a huge finale  – a massed sing with all the choirs and audience! The music especially for the occasion was written by Stephen Seabridge and Greg Stephens. Here’s a link to the encore:

 

The evening raised money for the Mayor’s chosen charities: 

Approach for Positive Dementia Support

Stoke on Trent Foodbank

Equal Chances for young people

We’re very excited that there may be another Stoke Sings! in the pipeline again for next year. Many congratulations to Mayor Dodd, Penny and all the organising committee for such a successful and enjoyable event.

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MicWire are now starting to learn new repertoire for our next planned performance on another big stage – The Crewe Lyceum! New members are very welcome – we rehearse at the Lifestyle Centre in Crewe every Wednesday from 7:30-9pm and would love to welcome you along.

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Halloween Choir Rock Crewe

MicWire at Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival 2018

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AARRRGGH! What an incredible afternoon folks.
Everyone gets TOP MARKS from me for their absolutely brilliant costumes – everyone looked horrific… (in a really good way!)
The pumpkin parade was super – the children looked fab with their painted masks and rumour has it that they really enjoyed dancing to our Halloween Mash too – which is handy, since officially that’s why we were there.
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We were blessed with lovely sunny weather and such a fantastic audience – a big thank you to everyone who came along to watch.
Another huge thanks to the local band Photo Booth Smile who kindly let us use their PA and of course a huge thank you to Lindsey and James for inviting us to be a part of the 2018 Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival – it’s such an honour to be able to support these great community events in the town centre by performing some of our favourite music 🙂
I’m also happy to say that together we raised £31.56 for IRIS Vision Cheshire – thank you as well to Carl, Dylan and Dan for being our unsuspecting bucket swishers!
You are all AAAARRRGGGH-mazing – thanks for being part of a really brilliant afternoon.
 
Remember – if you missed today’s excitement, you can join us live on RedShift Radio this Thursday 1st November from 9-10pm or next Saturday 3rd November for our FRIGHT NIGHT in Adderley which will be followed by Open Mic & Karaoke for everyone.
Crewe Choir in Alderley Shropshire. MicWire.

MicWire & Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival

 

281530_10151142626704495_1340142974_nWe’re really excited to be performing at the Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival on 28th October 2018. With the nights drawing in, pumpkins swelling to full size and the damp Autumn mist lingering in the cool air, there’s nothing better than throwing on your wellies and scarf, kicking up the leaves, eating hearty warm meals whilst preparing for Hallowe’en.

We’re rehearsing some brand new spooky song repertoire for your listening pleasure and, owing to the season – it’s highly likely that we might be dressed in costume as well…

imageWe’ll be singing in the Pumpkin Parade at 1pm on Sunday afternoon. Please head down and join us – not only to support us, but to enjoy entertainment from all the children who have been involved making masks that they will wear to scare away the Hallowe’en ghouls!

There will be plenty of entertainment and delicious food to enjoy all day long, so stay local and join us at Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival for a fantastic day of frolics, frights and tasty bites… mwahahaha!

Crewe Cemetery – Behind The Curtain…

MicWire are looking forward to performing at the Crewe Cemetery Open Day on Saturday 15th September. It’s an important event for the Cemetery as they are undergoing a big renovation project to upgrade the facilities for bereaved families in Cheshire to use. The scheme is to cost 1.3m and planned works are to improve visitor comfort by extending the existing building, increasing the space and seating indoors as well as installing a hearing loop. The car park capacity will also increase.

The team have also recently digitised the burial records meaning that families can now electronically search for ancestors and family members.

The aim of the event is to raise public awareness of what services are available from Orbitas and local funeral directors.

Times: The Open Day will run from 11:00 until 14:30. The choir will be singing during the “Golden Memories” service starting at 14:00.

Address: Crewe Cemetery & Crematorium, Badger Avenue, Crewe, CW1 2NA

Service Programme:

  • Lean On Me
  • Poem 1 – I Am Always with You
  • Hallelujah
  • Poem 2 – He Is Gone
  • Amazing Grace
  • Poem 3 – Remember Me
  • This Little Light Of Mine

Click for the Facebook Event or Click for the Cemetery Website

P.S. Death can be regarded as a taboo subject or we may avoid talking about death because it makes us uncomfortable. Grief surrounding death is a natural feeling and can cause a multitude of emotions, which may be experienced very differently from person to person. There is no set time within which anyone is to grieve, and no set way to do it. If you have experienced loss of a loved one, remember that you are not alone in your sadness.

If you or someone you know needs help with emotions associated with grief and loss, here are some suggestions of where to find some healthy and comforting support:

  • The Bereavement Helpline on 0800 435 455
  • Nicky Clifford Grief Recovery Specialist, Cheshire on Facebook
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook on Amazon

Adderley Village Hall Fundraiser

Adderley Village Hall Concert with MicWireIn June, we enjoyed another fantastic headline concert in Adderley, to raise money for their Village Hall. We performed a variety of our favourite songs and included some of our newer repertoire too – including singing Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” in 6-part harmony: That’s a super impressive feat for a non-audition choir!

 

We worked really hard on our concert repertoire and Phil & Carol worked really hard to set up a fabulous stage and lighting rig for us. The room was flooded with purple and the audience were wowed with amazing performances not just from us – but from our super guests too.

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There was plenty of joining in, clapping along and laughter. The bar was open and the atmosphere was amazing. After the show, Phil opened the stage to the audience and we enjoyed an evening in karaoke together! A really huge thank you to Phil and Carol for inviting us along to sing and organising a truly fabulous evening, to all our guests who performed, to all the choir for working so hard and putting so much energy into their performance and to our super audience for joining in, cheering and laughing at my bad jokes.

 

We’re very much looking forward to sing for all the friendly folk in Adderley again sometime soon. Thanks for having us!

 

Our First Headline Concert II

A huge thanks to Gosia in our Alto section for inviting MicWire to be a part of her fundraising efforts for Wild Hearts Charity, via the Micro Tyco Campaign.

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Leading up to the event, there were many unforeseen obstacles to overcome in order to bring the night into successful fruition. However, lucky for us and lucky for the charity, absolutely nothing can get in the way of Gosia’s awesome tenacity.

Suffice to say, the hurdles were probably a great way to boost the teams’ acquaintance with the fine art of entrepreneurial spirit and making money, which as I understand it, is part of the purpose of the Micro Tyco project.

Together, MicWire sang every single song that we know – most of the songs we have performed at events before, but some of the songs were a treat for everyone there – performed as a MicWire premiere!

Our audience were fantastic, super-duper generous and really supportive to the cause. Many of the choir performed solo pieces to wow the crowds and our lovely guests shared a multitude of vocal talent too.

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There was a really long raffle and plenty of tea and cake for all of the audience in the interval, and the feedback from everyone who came to watch was really great.

In total, we made £362 on the night for Gosia, thus boosting the Barclays Apprentices’ total to a huge £841 which will be donated to Wild Hearts.

A huge congratulations to all the Barclays’ Apprentices, a great big round of applause to everyone who came along to perform on the night and a whopping great thank you to all of our audience for coming along to support us.

Together, we brought together a community, shared great music and raised money for a really good cause. Let’s do it again soon!

Our First Headline Concert I

MicWire March 2018

MicWire are thrilled to have been invited to sing on 24th March 2018 for such a great cause.

This will be our first concert where the choir are the headline act, so it is very exciting for all of us. This Micro Tyco Event, raising money for Wild Hearts, is coordinated by a group of local Barclays Apprentices. At the start of March, they are given £1. With this £1 they have to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

The idea raises awareness and helps to improve competence and ability in event management, small business growth, money management, network building and creativity, amongst other skills. It provides a great learning process where the groups can acquire new knowledge and skills, explore new subjects and share their current skill set with colleagues to make as much money as possible throughout the course of the month.

We hope you will support us and the Barclays Apprentices in their project, by coming along to our concert and clapping along to the songs we perform. We have a wide selection of music to perform for you including soul hits, motown classics, well known spirituals and upbeat, clap-along vibes.

We will be joined in performance by local singers, some of whom are taking to the stage for the first time. It will be an unmissable evening of music and good times!

 

Our First January

So we’ve been going for 9 months now. It’s not long, but we have achieved so much.

Last year we finished off with a bang by performing with the NSPCC singers raising money for charity. Our big Christmas event was at Broad Street supporting some super talented local artists including Jack Marshall, Carl North and The Oli Ng Trio. It was a fantastic sell out evening complete with dinner and it was a real honour to take part.

NSPCC MicWire 2017

Our first gig of 2018 took us to Richmond Village. We performed every song we have learned so far and sang for 45 minutes. The crowd loved it and it was such fun chatting to the residents afterwards with some tea and cake. As a result of that performance, we are delighted to have been asked back to perform again twice more this year! We’re already planning what to sing next…

January has brought with it a myriad of new singers to our ranks. The choir is going from strength to strength and we’re excited to be using sheet music instead of lyric sheets for the first time – this is especially for two of the new trickier songs we are learning.

A crash course in reading music is just part of being in such a friendly community choir.

Come along and join us, we would love to sing with you and we are a very friendly bunch 🙂

See you soon!

MicWire – The First Performance

On Wednesday 26th July, after just 11 rehearsals, MicWire reached a great milestone when we took to the Redshift Radio Stage at the prestigious Nantwich Show to perform in public for the first time.

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As it was a work day during the summer holidays, it meant that unfortunately, not all of the choir members were able to join us for our debut appearance – however, I want to share a big THANK YOU to every one of you who has put in so much hard work over the past few months to allow a brand-new-choir-in-Crewe idea to flourish. It was such a thrill to finally see all that work come together during our performance on Wednesday.

Whilst the choir continues to attract new members from Crewe, Nantwich and further afield, I want to extend another massive thanks to everyone who was able to come along to sing at the Nantwich Show, including those who carefully booked annual leave from work to be there.

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It was a great first performance and although it was early in the day, we were thankful to be able to sing for a sizeable and friendly audience. We know lots of them hadn’t heard of us before so can assume that they were either friends and family of the choir or simply there seeking shelter from the wet weather. It was a real pleasure singing for so many of you and we hope you enjoyed it!

Although the day started out stormy and grey, it certainly didn’t put off the punters because the show was buzzing all day long. After lunchtime, we even witnessed some rare British summer sunshine.

MicWire in the Rain

There was plenty to do at the show after our performance for those who didn’t have to rush back to work. This included sampling a myriad of delicious food and drink, shopping in the craft tent, tasting lots of cheese and watching the animal awards.

Nantwich Show

A couple of the choir stuck around to watch the other talented musicians and singers who performed at the RedShift Community Garden. It’s fabulous to reaffirm that there is a wealth of local musical talent out there and I know I can speak for all of MicWire when I say that we were honoured to be asked to sing at the show alongside all those other great musicians on the programme.

If you love singing and are looking for a local choir to join, please come along to any of our rehearsals to meet us. We rehearse every Wednesday 7:30pm at the Crewe Lifestyle Centre.

If you don’t fancy joining us but want to support us instead, please make sure you put the dates in your diary for our future performances – we look forward to meeting you soon:

30th July – Nantwich Big Day Out

6th August – Private Charity Event to raise money for Breast Cancer Care

16th December – Music and Supper

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