Past Events

12 December 2018

Downsmen Christmas Dinner, Tyrells Wood Golf Club, Headley

The annual bean feast with songs and entertainment


9 December 2018

Pre-Xmas Sing Out, Ashtead Park Garden Centre

To sing to the garden centre customers


8 December 2018

Epsom Male Voice Choir Christmas Dinner, TBC

TBC


4 December 2018

Pre-Xmas Sing Out, Ashley Centre, Epsom

To entertain the punters and raise a few coppers for charity. (and maybe snare a new member or two).


23 October 2018

Mole Valley W I Harvest Dinner, Fetcham Village Hall

Event Photo Conductor Allan Scott gave us his version of 'living life on the edge'. Standing very close to the front of the stage, he invited us all to crowd in, so that some of us had concerns about going over as well. All for the sake of reaching the audience with a better sound. It took years off us! We entertained the all-female WI audience with a selection of songs giving the male perspective, which of course is one we can sing about with utter conviction. No canapes to be had this time, but Stuart was very happy with the sing-out fee, paid on the nail before we left. Thank you ladies!


12 October 2018

Nomad Evening Show, Nomad Theatre, East Horsley

Event Photo The chorus took part in a variety show full of surprises. After our first set of 7 songs, we joined the audience to listen to some well-known arias from the world of opera. The performers came from Rogue Opera, comprising 2 sopranos, contralto and tenor, with keyboard accompaniment. The coloratura piece by the Queen of the Night from Mozart's Magic Flute was quite electrifying. Not forgetting Nessum Dorma from Verdi's Turandot. Looks like we have found a worthwhile act to accompany us for our show next year! In between the music we had one of the many magicians associated with the Nomad do some extraordinary things with coloured handkerchiefs. Are these people human? Following another few songs from the main chorus, our top quartet Southern Electric finished off the evening with their latest addition to their repertoire (I can't help falling in love), after which the attractions of the bar proved just too strong. A very enjoyable evening.


4 October 2018

Squires Garden Centre Autumn Event, Squires Garden Centre, West Horsley

Having learnt about where not to sing at the Garden Centre (last time we were stuck beside the begonias), we instead made a beeline for the restaurant. There we found a cheerful lady dishing out Prosecco as if it were going out of fashion. It was hard to tell if the diners even realized we were there to entertain them. M D Allan was not quite so pleased with the singing this time, (the Prosecco probably had something to do with it), but a good time was had by all. Roll on the Spring event!


22 September 2018

Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival 2018, St Martin's Square, Dorking

Event Photo This time, the Downsmen found themselves competing with a juggler for the audience's attention. He cut a dash in a bright yellow shirt and two thirds of a 3-piece suit. It was rather hard to keep focusing on the musical director's instructions, against an intriguing selection of items being thrown up in the air. In spite of the distractions, Allan (the MD) declared himself content with the chorus sound (such approval is not be taken for granted). We lined up for a snap or two and were amazed to get home and find out we'd been standing in front of our spiritual home!


9 June 2018

Ashtead Village Day (AVD), Queen Elizabeth Grounds, Ashtead

Event Photo This year the Downsmen tried a radically different approach, by simply staying at our allocated pitch and singing to all passers-by. The noise level at AVD is always something to be reckoned with. However, the organisers had given us a place not too close to all the main noise generators at the Show, such as the camel rides, the rock bands, brass bands, etc, so our stay-at-home strategy worked rather well. 2 cast members from the forthcoming Aladdin panto stopped by and we were graced by the presence of Widow Twankey (Yes, Sir, that's my Baby). For a while there was a brisk traffic in Downsmen publicity leaflets and sing-out cards. Hope springs eternal!


8 May 2018

Reigate and Redhill Music and Drama Festival 2018, Reigate Park Church, Park Lane, Reigate, RH2 8BD

Our stunning triumph in last year's competition was not be repeated. The Downsmen were the first of 6 choruses to take to the stage, to sing the Lion King song and Goodbye My Coney Island Baby. The adjudicator Karen Gibson had just flown in from the States, so we thought the song from New York would do the trick (it didn't). At least Karen admitted she had really enjoyed our performance. She went on to make some useful comments about public performance, especially in relation to solo singing within a chorus as well as learning to recognise which songs lend themselves naturally to movement by the singers. The unofficial prize for best visual aid went to the Cherry Pie chorus, for unfurling a giant tricolour and waving this with great abandon during the final rousing chorus of Can You Hear the People Sing. Yes, we could, and it got them the Shield we had handed back 2 hours previously. (it's on loan, pending return to it's rightful owners).


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