I met Chris through the Bandmix musicians’ website. We wrote lots of great songs together, including our fundraising song, Sing Together, entertaining the masses with ‘allsorts’ of music between June 2018 and July 2021. It was a very sad day when Chris ran out of time in his week to keep the duo going.
In the Summer of 2018, I was asked to be involved with a community event to commemorate the centenary of the WWI armistice. On suggestion of Parish Chairman Chris Woodley, I composed a four-part choral piece based on War poet Siegfried Sassoon’s poetry. I chose Absolution and Everyone Sang, which I wove together to form a song which not only commemorates the end of the Great War but looks forward to more positive times ahead. With the help of Graham Bignell of Brenchley Choral Society, I recruited about 40 local singers, to give a real sense of community. The addition of 10 children from Brenchley and Matfield Primary School made the performance to a packed village hall on 11th November 2018 very special. Thanks also to Effie Sparkhall for coaching the children (as well as for this video.) I thoroughly enjoyed working with our hardworking and talented choir.
Funny how these things come about… I met John in September 2014 while on a historical walk around my home village. He was playing his guitar in St Thomas à Becket Church, Capel as part of the entertainment for the Heritage Open Days. I had a chat with him and asked him what kind of music he was into. He had his songbook with him and offered me to take a look. I found we had a lot of musical tastes in common and he asked me if I’d like to sing. I thought, why not! And thus a friendship and duo was born. John’s quite busy these days but we do have the odd outing, including singing at John and Margaret’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary party in November 2018!
Sue and Mike!
Another chance meeting… Mike and Sandy are a keys and sax duo and went into the pub where I hold open mic nights, looking for a singer. Although we weren’t a match as a trio, a keys and vocals duo was perfect and we had a good few outings before family duties caught up with Mike and he had to give up our regular rehearsals.
Matfield Melody Makers
My former WI at Matfield was asked to take part in an inter-WI event and we formed the Matfield Melody Makers. I arranged three-part harmonies for several songs and we performed at several events. Sadly I left the WI due to university commitments but I have very fond memories of this choir.
I’ve known Neil Rigby for many years from my time living in the village of Horsmonden. I hadn’t known that Neil was a guitarist – a closely guarded secret until he started attending the weekly jam sessions in the Gun pub. So when I needed to recruit an accompanist, a chance meeting at the Horsmonden Cricket Club sealed our fate! We have many musical interests in common and have had a few outings so far.
Now no longer regularly meeting, but with abundant happy memories, please click the link above for the TWILite Singers page!