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East Bridge Chorale Annual Report, 2015-16

Once again we have had an enjoyable year of making music with Ben as our director. We performed four concerts in the year – our sixth. Our move of rehearsal venue from Littlebourne Church to Littlebourne Village hall has proved successful and we now have our own Clavinova. This was purchased with the help of members’ donations and a grant from the Four Villages Shop Association community grant. We felt it appropriate that Adrian Bawtree should be able to make use of it to accompany the monthly community singing group which he runs in the Lounge where the Clavinova is stored.

Membership numbers vary each term but always increase to more than 75 for our main concert at the end of the Summer. Our Membership subscription remains at £25 per term or £60 for the year and we have managed to keep a positive balance in the bank, not least due to a substantial Gift Aid claim made by Helen. Our main expenses are for musicians to accompany our performances but this is always money well spent as it adds to the quality of our performances, especially when that has included the expert accompaniment of Helen Crayford at some of our rehearsals. We received a Canterbury Arts council grant towards our summer concert last year and have applied again to them and to The Four Villages Shop for grants towards ther orchestra for the Summer concert this year.We were extremely grateful to the Sandwich Choral Society when they decided to give the balance of their funds to us when they were disbanded. Organisation of a regular raffle by Annette has produced a useful addition to income.

I think we were all proud of our performance of The Bruckner Mass in Sandwich last Summer and were congratulated by many; Our St Cecelia’s day concert in Ash Church wasalso well received and we enjoyed the excellent hospitality of Herne Church for our Christmas Concert. Our Spring concert, including Rutter’s Requiem, was not as well attended as we might have hoped since ir was held in St Paul’s Churc, Canterbury, but we had many appreciative remarks from the audience.

Our hard-working committee has remained the same. Helen Abbott is Treasurer, Kate Page Minutes Secretary and joint Librarian, Mary Rudge Joint Librarian and Membership Secretary for active members. Helen maintains an overall spreadsheet of membership contact past and present. Annette Walter gives general administrative help when required, especially at registration, and organises concert refreshments and dress code. Sandra Williams ensures our presence on the Canterbury Arts council website. Other committee members are Stephen Graham, Martin Scofield, Sally Godsell and Jane Kendal. All are happy to stand again and I am happy to remain as Chairman if you are happy to re-elect me! My thanks to all of the committee for their help throughout the year and Special thanks to Ben for his dedication to us. We look forward to another interesting and enjoyable year with him producing more performances of which to be proud.

Geraldine Wyant, Chairman