Friday 2nd February 2018, 8pm at Terraza Lamarlo, behind LIDL in Albox.
It is that time of year again when the choir is another year older, but more importantly we need to socialise and celebrate all the hard work put into making the choir what it is.
The meal is a sit down meal (similar to a menu de la noche) and is subsidised by the choir therefore is €5 per person. Available to choir members and their guests.
The meal consists of:
All other drinks are to be purchased separately.
All choir members have been sent an email invite which links to a RSVP form to indicate your attendance and menu selection.
Here is to a good night! See you there?
The Incognito Singers have completed another succesful year in 2017
We raised over €3,000 for charities through our performances.
Our rehearsals for 2018 recommence on Friday 12th January at 18:00. Check out our Rehearsals page for dates, times and location.
The new year and new season will concentrate on the music schedule for Royal Albert Hall. Choir members can log in to the Practice page for sheet music and rehearsal tracks.
We have a few vacancies particularly for men and specifically basses. However all potential new members are welcome to come along to a rehearsal and see if we are what you are looking for, We may have to operate a waiting list as we maintain a balance of voices and sections.
If your charity would like us to perform a concert to raise funds, get in touch.
We would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors for supporting and helping us throughout the year.
Happy New Year everyone.
Here is a nice editorial from the FACE team following our recent concert to help raise funds.
The Incognito Singers performed two magnificient Autumn Concerts entitled "Songs With Style", at the Teatro Municipal in Zurgena all for the benefit of F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) recently. The 27 strong group of mixed voice singers under the musical guidance of David Murphy, performed for well over an hour and twenty minutes, with a thirty minute break, a superb array of musical numbers ranging through light classical numbers, music from musicals and films such as "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma", and modern popular music by Nat King Cole and Whitney Houston, which delighted it's audiences.
This is the second in a series of three news items about the choir.
David is a new expat to Spain but now more importantly is one of our tenor singers. Here's what he has to say on his experience of joining The Incognito Singers.
On moving to Spain in August 2017 I knew that I would need to have a hobby and a way of meeting people. I love singing and always have since childhood so my partner suggested joining a choir.
The music for the Albert Hall concert in 2018 is almost complete. It's at 85%
Our MD has been busy behind the scenes trying to get all the music complete and posted for singers to start practicing. I know the concert is not until November 2018, but we have to know all the songs from memory!
To date we are still waiting for three pieces to be sent to us, as they may be arrangements of William Relton, the musical director and conductor for the event.
As we cannot attend the regional rehearsals in the UK, there is a rumour that Mr Relton may visit us sometime in 2018 before the big event - OMG!! So we better start rehearsing!
Anyway enjoy the music....
And just exactly what does the Musical Director do anyway....
This is the first in a series of news items focusing in on our musical director, some of our singers and a member of our audience. So we can get a perspective on what The Incognito Singers do and how we are received.
Normally the musical directors role is quite simple, he / she just turn up and conduct the choir at rehearsals and concerts. It can't be that hard, it's only waving your arms about! If only, that was all it was!!!!
In a choir like ours, our MD also chooses the music, orders the music, creates the backing/rehearsal tracks and stores all the music. So he's a librarian too.
The distribution of our music is fairly straight forward as it is all available via our website, so he is the web administrator too.
And when new members join and we need to record all their personal details, send emails and keep everyone generally informed, then he acts as secretary as well.
Generally he manages to keep out of physical contact with stage-wear and just offers suggestions on what he thinks the choir should look like, but a recent trip to Cartagena with Linda our stage manager, saw the MD helping to chose material for the ladies new scarves. Plus he ended up paying for it and he did all the driving!
Surely he doesn't get involved in the finances too? Oh yes he does, up to last year he was treasurer, but thankfully this year he has managed to delegate that role to Natalie (Sop2) to keep the records and Ann (Front of House) to take weekly subscription.
So what about publicity, well thankfully he has Peter (Baritone) who has kindly taken on the role of advertising and concert manager, so that is some burden off his shoulders. Peter knows just how interesting and taxing that aspect of the choir can be.
All in all, most amateur choirs have an MD like ours and if they are lucky have a few good volunteers to help our run things too. It's all about team work and the love of doing it, after all there is no remuneration.
Ever wondered about The Incognito Singers and what it might be like to join a choir?
Here is a review from one of our members, it might just prompt you to come along and see if you want to join.
I have always wanted to sing in a choir. I never had the opportunity when I was working in the UK.
Lynne Alexander, Soprano with The Incognito Singers
Yes another tongue twister....
Following the success of the Ukranian Christmas Carol - Sleigh Ride, which has a few tongue twisting lyrics, such as "ting-a-ling-a-ling-ring-a-ting-ling", then our MD thought it might be fun(!) to have something similar as a secular piece.
He has found such a piece by Aaron Copland called. Ching-a-ring Chaw. And yes there are a few lyrical challenges in this piece too, but not quite as difficult as the Christmas one.
Let's hope the audience like this one just as much?
Singers can access the music online via the Log In > Members > Music > Practice page and download the sheet music PDF and rehearsal tracks.
Some new music has started appearing online....
For choir members only, you will be pleased to know that some of next years music is starting to appear online in the Members > Music > Practice page.
It is the start of the music being used for the Royal Albert Hall Programme, which as you remember has to be learnt by heart. So no copies on the night, or at the rehearsal the day before! In fact we will have no copies from October 2018 onwards.
Music so far (04/06/17).
... and a few more titles added (14/06/17):
Watch this page and news feed for updates!
We already have a few good men in the choir!
But we can always do with a few more...
Why not bring along a man, or encourage your mate to join us and sing!
We have vacancies for a few Tenors (high male voice) and a few Basses (low male voice) to join our ranks.
Simply come along with a friend to a rehearsal or contact us for more details.
Do you want to Boogie the night away?
Our very own bass singer Gerry has a few feathers in his cap, as well as singing in his spare time, he runs a clothes printing business and presents himself as a DJ with all the disco gear.
So here is his next DJ gig. If you fancy a bit of a bop or a boogie then get yourself to Lengends (opposite the Arboleas bowling) on Friday 31st March, 19:30 until midnight.
There will be raffle which is in support of Recycling Computers for worthy causes.
Choir rehearsals are going really well!
Yet another good rehearsal last night and all the extra homework that choir members are putting in, is really paying off. We are getting through the practice list very quickly.
We have a real mix of music this season, some show music, ballads, anthems and light classical.
The spring concerts will undoubtedly have music to suit most peoples taste and hopefully we will have a full house at each of the venues. See our events page for more details.
This evening our MD visited the Coral Escalmo Mojacar a traditional Spanish choir.
David our MD and Peter our Event Organiser attended their choir rehearsal to develop a relationship between the two choruses in a hope that we can perform together in a future concert.
Our MD was made most welcome by maestro Pedro of the choral.
The choral is made up of both male and female singers plus a band of instrumentalists. They perform traditional Spanish music and seem to enjoy the whole music making activity.
Maestro Pedro told us he has the usual issue of needing more male voices to join the chorus. Something all choruses tend to need these days. Also he usually has more instrumentalist so in addition to the guitars, mandolins and double bass there is also violin and flute to accompany the singers.
All being well a joint/split concert will be arranged by the end of the year to encourage a musical union of two choir cultures. Something that should be good and enjoyable for both choruses and audiences alike.
Keep an eye on our events page for forthcoming events as this will be one not to be missed!
for more information about Coral Escalmo Mojacar visit their Facebook page.
Linda Hands our multi-talented stage manager has been persuaded to re-visit one of her other skills and join force with The Independent Theatre Group to direct their production of “Lilies on The Land”
Based on one hundred and fifty letters and interviews with original Land Girls, Lilies on the Land is a revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest unsung heroes and charts the personal journeys of four women who sign up to join the Women’s Land Army during World War 11, determined to work endless hours on farms across the country in a bid to “do their bit” for the War Effort.
The play describes how these young women from totally different backgrounds, torn from their families and bereft of all the basic comforts of home, dealt with the hardship of farming life and the pressures of the War. Maybe work clothes full of mice and toilet rolls falling from the sky are just what it needs for these girls to get through?
Linda is no stranger to stage direction having previously directed the critically acclaimed Quartet which had a record-breaking run playing to packed houses in Cantoria and Mojacar.
Linda is joined in this production by two of our other choir members, Sally Millar and Marie Fletcher Carollan both accomplished actresses who have appeared in many other productions with various amateur dramatic companies.
The play will be performed at El Teatro Saavedra in Cantoria on 25th and 26th March and again at El Teatro Municipal in Zurgena on 1st and 2nd April.
The choir is proud of you Terry and we will be supporting you!
If you would like to support Terry in this challenge, please visit his “Just Giving” page.
If would like to see more information about the TCT, please visit their website at www.teenagecancertrust.org
Last year The Incognito Singers raised more than 2000€ for charity and this year we hope to be able to top that.
It’s only February and performance diary is starting to fill up already
We will be performing a Spring Charity Concert for local Albox charities in Albox Ayuntamiento on 28th April with two more at the Third Age Club in Mojacar the following weekend 5th and 6th May in support of Paws and Patas animal charity
In addition, we are currently in discussion with Espanglish, the Vera based language school, to stage a multi choir charity concert in the new auditorio at Vera to be held in late October, with a mixture of English and Spanish choirs.
Finally, Christmas may seem years away, but we have already received two requests to perform and we will be giving our usual free “Friends and Family” night at our rehearsal venue, the Hostal Rosaleda in Arboleas.
You can contact us or sign up to our mailing list by visiting our Contact Us page.
To keep an eye on our forthcoming performances visit our Events page
Well this cartoon made our MD laugh!
I suppose there is some truth in the rumour that the MD (musical director) of a choir has to wear many hats. In fact there is talk about our MD wearing his briefs on the outside of his pants and having a cape too, but not sure how these rumours start.
There is a saying too that the podium is a lonely place and looking at the list of hats the MD wears from time to time I'm not surprised.
So if you want a giggle - just ask what role a singer takes in a choir. Then give a thought for the MD and see if you agree with all these roles listed in this cartoon below.
PS they've missed one hat - web administrator!
The choir now has a core performance list, which means we should be able to do a concert at short notice.
The list includes a good mix of songs from the shows, ballads and a few winter songs.
Singers are advised to keep the Core Performance List and associated music with them. Singers can make suggestions to amend the list accordingly.
Choir members can Log In to our website and view the list at:
... Members > Music > Core Performance List.
There seems to be a member area log-in problem for some users!
It would seem that for some strange reason and web admin has not been able to work out why, but some users are experiencing log-in problems.
It seems to be isolated to Android devices, using the Chrome browser.
The issue is, you select the log-in menu option, the log-in window appears, you enter your email address and password, click log-in, the window refreshes and nothing happens, but you are still presented with the blank log-in window!
Web admin can confirm successful log-in from Apple Macbook laptop using chrome and safari browsers, also Apple iPad using Safari browser.
Will keep you posted of any developments and fixes or work arounds....
Our website has had a mini make over.
Whilst we will be keeping the purple theme for our logo and stagewear, our website has had a bit of a make over to brighten it up and give it a slightly cleaner modern look.
"I hope you all like it?" says Web Admin.
Feel free to comment on the news item on our website or leave comments on our facebook page or send us an email, snail mail or carrier pigeon...
Happy New Year
We are now on a Christmas Break.
Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday 11th January 2017, starting 18:30 until 20:30.
The new season of music is available to members in the Log In > Music > Practice page of our website.
Rehearsal dates and how to find us are in the About > Rehearsals page on our website.
Potential new members are welcome to come along to a rehearsal to see and hear us in operation, however we do currently have a waiting list and we maintain a balance of voices and sections.
For more information send us a message via our Contact form.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Yet another great performance and evenings entertainment by The Incognito Singers.
The feedback and comments were just so kind and uplifting, thank you for everyone who commented, here are a few clips from various people and facebook pages.
Tonight the Incognito Singers gave a fabulous pre Christmas concert up in Albox at the Rosaleda (their normal rehearsal venue) for friends and family.
Our MD had this to say about the event:
Well last nights concert for Friends and Family was a real success.
Now we know that Christmas is just around the corner...
Lots of folks will be thinking about presents and the Christmas festivities, but how about this as a musical touch to add to your Christmas Cake?
A trio of carol singers made out of sugar paste. I bet all you singers and music lovers want them?
It just goes to show we have some talented people in our choir, that do more than sing!
It would be unfair for Ed to reveal his source, because it may open the flood gates for a whole host of pre Christmas orders.
What Ed is trying to work out, who are they modelled on, the tenors, the basses or the MD? Suggestions (clean ones) and comments welcome.
The Incognito Singers gave a concert to another capacity audience at a fund raising event held at Chateau Polansky, Mojacar on Saturday in aid of the PAWS animal charity
They delivered their usual professional and polished performance to a very appreciative audience, but perhaps the best endorsement is to simply include the messages of thanks from the organsers:-
Dear One and All,
I am still recovering from Saturday so apologies getting this delayed e mail to the singers. I cannot thank you all enough for your donation of talent, time, and energy last Saturday. All feedback has been super positive. The room seemed to be conducive to promoting your beautiful voices, repertoire, acoustics, and crowd. All very pleasing. Even the heat was left and forgotten once the music started!
I wish the group many more successes. I know Ric and I will be watching for a next concert near us, meanwhile, thanks again over and over.
Karen Polansky and all of us at PAWS
Thank you all for gifting your talent to us at 'Chateau Polansky' yesterday. We do not have the grand total yet but we will have around 1000 Euros to help repair the 'crumbling' kennels at the shelter. Everyone was so delighted with the afternoon, and PAWS cannot say a BIG ENOUGH THANK YOU to David and the choir.
We just hope that our audience will spread the word about the quality of your performance for future events.
AGAIN OUR THANKS
Janet Franklin. PAWS
You will all be pleased to know that Christmas has already begun!
Well it has been for a few months with most choir MDs, but now the singers can look forward to practising Christmas music starting next week. Oh deep joy I hear you sigh!
Singers check out our Members music page to see which titles are already available. Links have been corrected too! Happy practising - and its only September!