A wonderful time was had by all at the Summer Harmony singing workshop at Brownsword Hall in Poundbury this August. Kathie welcomed lots of new faces along with current members of Heart & Soul and Viva to join in singing some new rounds and multi-part harmonies, along with a few old favourites, such as ‘Lime in the Cooking’.
Kathie Prince and Viva Women’s Choir are looking for a choir to partner with in another European country. Women’s choir, men’s choir or mixed… we don’t mind! We’d love to exchange songs, perform together, have fun exploring another location and culture and meet some new musical people! If you’re in a choir in France, Spain, Germany… or any European country!… and would be interested in partnering with Viva in Dorchester, please get in touch with Kathie via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathie Prince et la chorale Viva cherchent une chorale d’un autre pays européen pour un partenariat. Une chorale de femmes, d’hommes ou mixte, ça nous est égal ! Nous aimerions échanger des chansons, jouer ensemble, s’amuser en explorant un autre endroit et une autre culture, et se rencontrer de nouveaux gens musicaux ! Si vous êtes membre d’une chorale en France, Espagne, Allemagne… ou d’un autre pays Européen, et vous vous intéresseriez d’un partenariat avec Viva à Dorchester, si vous plait contactez Kathie via email : email@example.com
The DASP Music Fest 2019 is a day long celebration of music for DASP pupils and their families, featuring performances from all of the DASP Ensembles, plus other invited groups. Taking place at the Thomas Hardye School, there will be workshops and other activities for all children and adults to take part in throughout the day including a ‘come and try’ session, music tech session, Big Sing and a barn dance! There will also be food and drink available. For more details, and to register, please click here
On Saturday 9th March, Viva! performed at the Dorset Women’s Day Festival at the Dorford Centre. Unfortunately Kathie could not be with us but the lovely Julie Harris stepped in to lead us in singing acappella versions of the songs we know best.
Summer Picnic and Sing – updated
Kathie is hoping for fine weather on Sunday 14th July for an informal picnic and sing with Viva!, Heart & Soul, and their friends and families (dogs welcome too!) at Kingston Maurward Gardens. Commencing at 2:30pm, the choirs will sing outside near the lake (alternative arrangements will be made for wet weather!). Bring a rug and a picnic! We look forward to seeing you there.
This event has now been rescheduled for early Autumn term, due to our Apollo commitments! New date TBC
Friday 19th July – Apollo – One Giant Leap – Maumbury Rings: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing Geof Edge has composed a cantata for children’s voices together with adult choirs as part of a weekend of free lunar-themed events. The exact time of the event is TBC
In May, Kathie is heading to the Nun’s Island Theatre in Galway to perform in the sold-out Between Language and Limb, a theatre performance that combines contemporary dance, poetry and music. This project is a collaboration from Galway director, choreographer and dancer Patricia Glynn, poet Geraldine Mills, and contemporary dancer Celina Jaffe.
Kathie and The Heavens will be performing with The Outliers at Owermoigne Village Hall on July 6th 2019. This evening of lively original music kicks off at 8pm with Glastonbury band, Setting Sun, followed by The Outliers at 9.15pm. Doors open 7pm. We hope to see you there!
SONGS TO MAKE YOUR HEART SOAR
VIVA! Women’s Choir, Poundbury’s Heart and Soul Choir
Soloist Lucy Breakwell
7.30pm Saturday 14th October 2017,
United Church, South Street, Dorchester
Retiring Collection in aid of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau
I can’t quite believe that our wonderful choir came into being 10 years ago! It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I opened the doors to Dorchester Arts back in 2006 wondering if I’d be greeted by a throng of enthusiastic singers or just a view of the car park! Luckily folk did arrive to sing and the seeds were sown for a wonderful community of singers which, over the years, has gone from strength to strength.
The really special thing about VIVA, apart from the great sound of course, is the commitment, enthusiasm and community spirit shown by our singers. Some have recently joined and others have been coming to choir for many years. We originally started out as a mixed choir and performed regularly at local events including the Dorchester Festival, Apple Day and Christmas celebrations at Kingston Maurward and of course the opening of the Olympic Games in Weymouth. VIVA also premiered the specially commissioned song for Dorchester, Dancing the Rings at Maumbury in Borough Gardens and featured on the soundtrack of Out in the Open a film about homelessness premiered at the Dorchester Plaza. More recently in 2014 we performed in Heartwood , an original site specific piece with original music by Karen Wimhurst. This was a collaboration between sound artist Adrian Newton who directed the piece Karen and myself. VIVA joined forces with Pallida, Karen’s Shaftesbury choir, Skylarks Children’s Choir and my Heart and Soul Community Choir from Poundbury.
Winning Best Large choir of the 2014 and 2015 Weymouth Festivals in collaboration with Heart and Soul, was a highlight for the choir. Our Christmas concerts at St Georges church in Fordington have also been a great success and hugely enjoyable and these concerts have enabled VIVA, in collaboration with my other choirs ,to raise hundreds of pounds for charities – the West Dorset Women’s Refuge, Autism Wessex, The Red Cross and the Dorset Blind Association to name but a few.
So…here we are 10 years on planning our new CD, a trip to the Southbank to sing at the Chorus Festival and a choir exchange to France! I can’t wait! Viva la VIVA!
Join VIVA Women’s Choir, Heart and Soul Poundbury Community Choir, Skylarks Children’s Choir and special guests The Heavens for their annual Christmas concert at St Georges Church in Fordington 4pm, Saturday 12th December. This year we are raising funds for the Dorset Blind Association. Tickets are £6 for adults, children free.