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.

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

MicWire visit The Recording Studio

On Saturday 28th July, 21 members of MicWire took over the newly refurbished Orchard Studios for the whole day to record the awesome soul hit Human by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

“It was a lovely venue and a great experience”

We were thrilled to be the FIRST CHOIR to record in the new studio space. There was still so much going on with the building work – but the new studio space was fab: how exciting for us all!

“It gave us a good chance to chat to other members of the choir which we might not do in a normal evening, with having different groups singing at different intervals. Loved every minute of it.”

Crewe Choir go to Orchard Studios recording

For all of the choir, it was a hugely intrepid, hardworking and fun day out. Most of our singers explained that it was the first time they had ever visited a recording studio, let alone recorded in one!

“If I hadn’t joined the choir I would never had this experience”

MicWire Sopranos

We worked hard learning the music in our rehearsals approaching the big day. On the day itself, we built our song part by part. We are not an audition choir and many of our members do not read music.  As such, we did a few takes of the trickier lines to ensure we found the best we could get.

“Lovely hanging out with everyone in the studio, and in the beautiful grounds, or simply sitting at the foot of the stairs when it rained.”

Basses at MicWire

Every single person worked incredibly hard learning the music and performing on the day. We discovered that with our headphones on, we lost some of the dynamic interpretation and emotional intention of a live performance. But with a little work, we think we captured a real sense of what we are capable of.

“Loved every second of it!”

We’re extremely excited to hear the final audio mix in a few weeks. Additionally, for our future plans we are intending to make a full music video with this recording. We will proudly share the final cut with you when we have finished making it.

Of course, all new choir members are welcome to be a part of our video too – so come and get involved in something so much more than just a choir! We rehearse every Wednesday at Studio 3, Crewe Lifestyle Centre from 7:30-9pm. Over here, we do things a little differently… come and be a part of our crazy fun singing adventures, we would love for you to join us.

“Really enjoyed it”

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.

Micwire & guests music and fun concert Adderley

 

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 Summer

MicWire formed just 4 months ago, but for a new choir, we’re certainly packing a punch!

In 4 short months we have performed at the Nantwich Show, The Big Day Out, Kath’s Strawberry Tea (where we were raising money for Breast Cancer Care) and Crewe’s recent Twin Town Celebrations with guests from Macon in France.

 

The new school term started this week and we were delighted to celebrate our biggest choir rehearsal yet, welcoming along 5 new members.

We are a mixed ability group of singers including both experienced singers, hobbyists, absolute beginners and everyone in between. Everyone is very welcome to come along to try us out. Rehearsals are usually £5 however, during September 2017 we’re offering the opportunity to come and sing for just £1 at your first rehearsal.

In other news, MicWire are really honoured to have been awarded a grant of £500 from “A Vision for Crewe”. The scheme is in conjunction with Crewe Town Council. Part of this vision is to encourage nearby residents to visit the town centre for activities including arts, health and well being.  MicWire are delighted to be able to offer a group that nods to all!

 

Singing in a choir is proven to have great health benefits and is a fantastic way to meet new people. We’re a sociable lot and whilst our rehearsals are fast paced and filled with energy, we regularly visit the local pub afterwards for a chilled opportunity to chat together.

If you’re thinking of joining a choir, if you love Soul and Motown music and want to get involved. Simply turn up to any rehearsal at Studio 1, Crewe Lifestyle Centre. We rehearse every Wednesday from 7:30-9pm and can’t wait to welcome you along.

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Getting here

If you’re driving to our MicWire rehearsals – parking is available in the library car park. It’s FREE to park after 7pm.

There is also disabled parking available near the entrance to the Lifestyle Centre on Moss Square.

Rehearsals are held at:

Studio 1

Crewe Lifestyle Centre

Moss Square

CW1 2BB

There are good public transport links available.

The Centre is 1 mile from Crewe Railway Station so would take approximately 20 minutes to walk or 11 minutes on the 3 / 38 or 85 bus.

Good transport links are also available from nearby towns and villages. If you’re struggling to get to MicWire please contact us and we can try to arrange a travel companion.