A Christmas Consort – All Saints’ Church Cottenham

A charity concert in aid of the choir ‘Sing to Remember’, based in Landbeach run by Jan Payne, for those with various sorts of memory loss, and their carers. The Christmas concert will be held at All Saints Church Cottenham on Saturday 10 December at 7.30pm.

Hot on the heels of our highly successful There is Sweet Music concert in the beautiful surroundings and acoustic of Ely Methodist Church (review & photos), we are shortly to perform a festive charity concert:

A Christmas Concert All Saints Church Cottenham

A Christmas Concert All Saints Church Cottenham

A Christmas Consort! – All Saint’s Church, Cottenham
Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm
Seasonal music, carols and solo items from choir members.

Tickets: £10 (under 16s charitable donation on door) online or 01954 251202


We hope to raise much needed funds for another local choir, ‘Sing to Remember‘, helping those with memory loss to enjoy music and singing. We look to sharing our love of choral and seasonal music with you at the concert at All Saints’ Church Cottenham and hopefully next year

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Singing for Remembrance

Cottenham’s amazing Tyrannochorus choir, with its wide variety of ages, held a concert at All Saints’ Church on the Saturday after Armistice Day. Its purpose was remembrance, particularly of what happened in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, but also for all those who died in other wars of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Siobhan Lihoreau’s choir is known as Tyrannochorus and is made up of three parts. The older ones are Big Mouth, the teenagers are Vox Pop and the little ones are Tongue Twisters and all made moving contributions to the hour-long concert which included modern music of composers like Howard Goodall, James Taylor and Paul Mealor whose ‘Wherever You Are’, sung by the wives of serving men, was a Christmas hit two years ago. Pete Churchill’s ’Shame on You’ was about one of the effects of war, refugees seeking safety and those who turn away. Tim Lihoreau’s ‘I will always remember’ was very touching.

The pews were full and Siobhan invited everyone to join in the choruses of ‘Now is the Hour’, the Maori Farewell Song – sung first in Maori by a Vox Pop and then in the English version – and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ written by Welshman Ivor Novello.

Two poems were particularly poignant. ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Wilfred Owen who was shot and killed, aged 25, in November 1918 – the news reaching his parents in Britain as the bells of the Armistice were ringing out on 11 November. ‘Just Twenty One’ by Robert Kiely remembers Afghanistan in 2011and the burial ground where the soldier remains just 21.

Refreshments were served to the appreciative audience and a collection taken, raising an impressive £650 for the charity Help for Heroes.


Tyrannochorus choir at All Saints’s Church Cottenham


Tyrannochorus remembrance recital at All Saints’s Church Cottenham

WOW – It’s the Wizard of Oz!

Wizard of Oz, the 1939 film starring Judy Garland, is regarded as one of the top 100 films of all time (Remember it? How it starts in black and white and turns dramatically to colour?). Suddenly the story has become popular in Cambridgeshire as a stage show as well.

Cottenham Theatre Workshop is first out of the box with a lively retelling of the well-known tale written and directed by Gary Unwin-Riches accompanied by lots of music and dance to put you in a good mood for the festivities ahead! There are good and bad witches and red shoes and a known assortment of characters without a brain, courage or heart – but it has a way of coming right in the end. . .

Wizard of Oz Cottenham Theatre Workshop

Wizard of Oz Cottenham Theatre Workshop

Wizard of Oz (a Wicked Production) will be on stage at Cottenham Village College from Wednesday 30 November to Friday 2 December at 7.30pm, and two matinees – at 1.30pm and 5.30pm – on Saturday 3 December.

Bookings through www.cottenhamtheatre.com or TicketSource (telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 will incur an additional service charge). The ‘booking office’ for in-person buyers will be at Cottenham Community Centre coffee shop, Cottenham High Street, each Saturday in November from 11am to 1pm.