Digital Advent Calendar on sale

Last year’s video Advent Calendar was such a success that we are doing it again this year. We are grateful to St. Lawrence Church, Bovingdon and Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden for allowing us to use their beautiful buildings to make the recordings which are now being edited and prepared.

We are supporting an outstanding local charity this year, the Harpenden Trust. All our profits will go towards funding their amazing work in our local area.

So if you would like a little bit of pre-Christmas joy to drop into your inbox every morning 1-25 December, head over here to sign up.

Remember concerts?

“a performance of music by one or more musicians or singers”

Sounds good?

We kick off at St. Nicholas Church, Harpenden in November with Brahms Requiem. We also have the absolute pleasure of performing at the brand new Eric Morecambe Centre for our Christmas Concert on 23 December. And we will (finally) be celebrating our 60th anniversary in the lovely, lovely setting of St Albans Abbey next March.

For those of you unable to join us this year (sadly, it hasn’t gone away), we will also be producing another video Advent Calendar and knowing our supporters’ unfailing generosity – thank you – raising plenty of money for charity.

St. Albans Abbey update

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing restrictions applying specifically to amateur choral singing, we are unable to go ahead with our planned services at St. Albans Abbey this weekend.

We are back!

As Covid restrictions are gradually lifting, we have started rehearsing again – initially by video call, but all being well, in person from 17 May. We are delighted that St. Albans Abbey is able to allow us to sing some services in late May – more details.

We are also hoping to put on an outdoor performance in the Harpenden area on Sunday 4 July. Nothing confirmed yet, but we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Happy New Year

Thank you so much to everyone who subscribed to our MerriLea digital advent calendar. We were delighted by the lovely messages of thanks you sent to us and were glad we could put a smile on so many faces. We have also raised over £4,000 for our chosen charities. Thank you on behalf of all the organisations that will benefit from this amazing generosity.

Hopefully in 2021 we will be able to perform to you in person. We have a concert at Katherine Warington School in the diary, and a weekend of services at St. Albans Abbey. Obviously with the current Covid-19 situation, we have no idea if we will be able to meet to rehearse or perform, but do make a note of the dates – we will be thinking creatively of ways to continue bringing you lovely music.