AGM 2018 – Chairman’s Report


AGM 26th JUNE 2018

Another year has flown by and here I am preparing my seventh AGM Chairman’s Report in the choir’s 10th Anniversary year.

Our membership has continued to remain high since we undertook the Sing Together Project in 2016, which gives the choir a very positive future. Under David Clark’s excellent musical direction, we continue to progress, both in voice and in the challenging material being undertaken.  I believe it is important that we don’t stay still – that we all progress and enjoy the experience of membership of our talented choir and achieve a high standard.

The Choir Trustees have met regularly throughout the year and Vice Chairman Margaret Tickle’s AGM report covers action undertaken by the Trustees in maintaining their responsibility of all matters legal, financial and in accordance with the requirements of the Charity Commissioners.

Mo Harding, Concert Manager, will detail our concerts for the past financial year in her AGM Report. I would though like to mention this 10th Anniversary year where we are revisiting some of our favourite concerts and undertaking many new.  ‘Singing Birds’ in February was a joyous occasion where we and our guest choirs, together with our President and compere Sadie Nine, celebrated the female voice.  We supported The Jazz Centre UK with Digby Fairweather and friends in March and then celebrated our 10th Anniversary with a Reunion Concert in April.  It was lovely to get-together with past members for a workshop followed by tea and cakes, all before the evening performance. Southend Hospital’s ForWards Appeal was the beneficiary of the audience bucket collection on that occasion.  From June through to December our busy 10th Anniversary year will continue.

The Annual Choir Tour in May was held in Kent, where we performed concerts with Thanet Male Voice Choir in Cliftonville and Rainham Ladies in Gillingham.  We also had the opportunity to sing at Chartwell House, Winston Churchill’s home and now a National Trust property, which was such a privilege. We enjoyed plenty of socialising, singing and sunshine in Kent!

I will be stepping down from the Chairman’s role at this AGM but have put myself forward for the role of Concert Manager, following Mo’s decision to step down from that position.  Should I be successful with my nomination, I will look forward to managing the choir concerts for the remainder of this special year and then going forward into 2019.  I am pleased to nominate Margaret Tickle to take up the baton as Chairman of the choir.

On your behalf, I would like to thank our professional musical team – Musical Director: David Clark: Assistant Musical Director: Melody Wallace and Accompanist: Janet Walker. Their combined expertise and encouragement make us the choir we are today.

Thank you too, to our Librarian: Anne Chandler; Box Office: Kathie Curtis and Graham Orchard; Wardrobe: Margaret Tickle and Jan Fraser; and our efficient Front of House Team, headed by John Redfearn.

Behind the scenes the choir’s hardworking Committee undertakes all the necessary business for a smooth running and efficient organisation.  I would like to give a personal big thank you to all of them – Vice-Chairman: Margaret Tickle; Secretary: Chris Welbourn; Treasurer: Kathie Curtis; Membership Secretary: Linda Martin; Concert Manager: Mo Harding; Web Co-ordinator: Sue Latchford, assisted by Linda Martin and Margaret Tickle; Section Heads:  Soprano – Margaret Gabe, assisted by Chris Goddard and Linda Crane; Mezzo – Marilyn Jasper, assisted by Marilyn Coughlan and Sheena Hurrell;  Alto – Sue Cussen, assisted by Linda Martin and Carole Dayer; Minutes Secretary: Chris Welbourn.  Thank you also to our Marketing and Publicity team – Moira Al-Shaar, Sarah Colquhoun, Jeannie Cutlan, Lorna Leslie and Tanya Sanderson. Thank you everyone – a great team and it has been a pleasure to work with you.

Finally – my thanks to all choir members.  It has been a privilege to be your Chairman for the past 7 years.  Thank you for your support and enthusiasm and for being such good friends.


Marion Orchard
22nd May 2018


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