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  • Capital Connection Have a New Home!
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 5 May 2021
    Capital Connection Have a New Home!
    For some time, we have been talking about looking for a new rehearsal venue. We have been at Deane Park Hall in South Ruislip for a very long time (over 25 years!) and have had many happy times there, but we found it no longer suited our requirements. Finding a new venue during lockdown was never going to be easy, but with some tenacious research from our members, we are finally delighted and excited to announce that when we return in person, it will be in our new home at St. Andrews Roxbourne in Rayners Lane, Harrow.

    A New Sociable Venue

    St Andrews meets all (and more) of our needs including a large, clean airy and light-filled rehearsal hall, stage, breakout areas for section rehearsals and even a private field which is perfect if we are restricted to rehearsing outside.  It offers us an inviting environment to put on our own shows and also the opportunity to work with the church and local community on joint events, something we have been missing very much over the last year or so.

    We can’t wait to start rehearsing face to face again and our new venue is the icing on the cake!


    If you’d like to come and visit us, please get in touch.


    Capital Connection’s new venue is:

    St Andrew’s, Roxbourne
    89 Malvern Avenue
    Rayners Lane
    Harrow HA2 9ER

    We look forward to seeing you!


     
  • 2021 AGM AND CHORUS AWARDS
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 23 Jan 2021
    2021 AGM AND CHORUS AWARDS
    Our Annual General Meeting was held last Wednesday. But this year, of course, it was a little bit different as it was held via Zoom. Something we have all got very used to over the past 10 months! 

    It is a challenge to run a singing group (or any type of musical group), through lockdowns and social distancing, but we are proud to still be here, meeting weekly on Zoom, thanks to our MD Debi. And we are patiently waiting for the opportunity when it is safe for us to meet once again in person. 

    It was a positive, and at times, emotional meeting, reflecting on the difficulties we have faced over the past year. But it also showed just how strong we are, not only as a chorus, but as a group of friends, and how we have even managed to progress with many of our plans despite all of the restrictions.

    The meeting ended on a happy note, with the presentation of our 2 chorus awards – the Side by Side Award and the MD’s Award.

    The Side by Side Award

    This is presented to a chorus member who has put a lot of effort into serving the Club over the past year, perhaps someone who has worked hard in the background to help make things happen and who does not get much recognition, or someone perhaps in the forefront who has gone truly above and beyond what you would expect of them for the good of the Club.


    The recipient of the Side by Side Award for 2021 was Sue Madden, for all her work in getting the new Chorus website up and running.  Sue was presented her award by last year’s winner, Ruth Howe.


    The MD Award

    This is presented to a chorus member who has put that bit extra into the performing/singing side of the chorus. It could be someone who has made a noticeable personal improvement or effort during the past year in relation to learning and putting into practice musical or performance skills, or someone who has gone above and beyond their chorus role to help others for example.


    The recipient of the MD Award for 2021 was Marie-Claire Church, for all she has done in helping to source, produce and distribute new chorus costume in line with our new logo and re-branding. Marie-Claire was presented her award by last year’s winner, Roisin Tomlin.

  • Long Service Awards 2020!
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021
    Long Service Awards 2020!

    2020 was not a year that you would naturally associate with celebrating. Nevertheless, we still had some things to cheer about!  Long Service Awards are usually presented at our Convention dress rehearsal in October in front of our supporters, so this year we had to do it a bit differently and get creative with Zoom and video recordings.

    LABBS 35 Year Award

    Our current longest-standing member, Linda Stevens, received her LABBS 35 year Certificate and Long Service Award in 2020 – a fantastic achievement!

    Linda is one of our Assistant MDs and over the years she has undertaken many roles in the chorus, always in an enthusiastic and positive way. She is a valued and experienced chorus member as well as a good friend to us all!

    As we were unable to hand over the award in the usual way, our Chair, Claire visited Linda to present it to her (in a socially distanced way of course), together with a bouquet of flowers. We also videoed the presentation and showed it at our next Zoom rehearsal so that everyone could share in Linda's acheivement.
     
    Capital Connection Long Service Pins

    At our 2021 Zoom AGM in January, our Membership Secretary, Sue, presented 3 of our members with long service pins:

    Seager Banks – 10 years
    Naidene White – 10 years
    Claire Hearne – 5 years

    Congratulations Ladies!


  • We'll Meet Again
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 11 Sep 2020
    We'll Meet Again
    With the news of a change in guidelines for amateur singing groups to meet and rehearse again, we were eager to schedule our first rehearsal since lockdown.

    The rehearsal took place in a local park where we were able to get together in a safe, sensible and socially distanced way.  We have all missed our Wednesday evening rehearsals so much, so it was lucky that the weather was on our side – although we were all so desperate to rehearse together again that we would just have brought our raincoats and brollies and braved the rain if necessary!

    We only met for an hour, but we packed lots in.  Our MD Debi, led us in some warm ups and established repertoire songs, followed by the first real run-through together of our three lockdown learners – Wake Me Up, Don’t Stop and A Million Dreams. Singing together after such a long time was an emotional experience for everyone.

    We also made sure we had time to catch up with each another and even managed a socially distanced photo shoot for some of our new walk out costume.  However, it was a bittersweet evening, as only just the night before, further social restrictions were announced, and although we can technically continue to meet, at the moment it doesn’t feel the right thing to do to keep our members safe.

    So, as the song goes, We’ll meet again, don’t know where don’t know when…  but wherever and whenever it is, it will be another emotional evening we’re sure.
     
  • Community Matters
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 3 Sep 2020
    Community Matters
    In August, we were delighted to hear that we had been chosen by our local Waitrose as one of three local groups that month to receive a donation of £333 from their charity, Community Matters.

    At a time when we are unable to perform paid sing outs to raise funds, it is a very welcome donation and we would like to give a big thank you to Waitrose, Ruislip for choosing us. We look forward to putting the donation to good use to both reach out to the local community to recruit new members and to, once again, entertain them as soon as we are able to.

     
  • Welcome to our new website and a fresh new look!
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 1 Sep 2020
    Welcome to our new website and a fresh new look!

    Capital Connection have had a major rebrand, but you might ask why now? We say why not?

    We have had the same image and branding for many years and wanted to review our image to reflect who we are as a group and to refresh our approach, energy and commitment.   We decided to look at all aspects of our brand from logo and website to costume.   We saw this as an opportunity to not only increase the energy of the chorus but to attract new members.
     

    Rebrand

    The new logo, which we love, now clearly represents and reflects who we are and the new colour scheme will be echoed through our social media, publicity and costume.

    Refresh

    Updating your wardrobe always gives you a lift, so we have done this now to give everyone that much needed boost! It was an opportunity to give us a new fresh look, which is vibrant and eye catching.

    The new colour palette of navy, white and lime green is a massive change from our purple and yellow and the beautiful white hoodies will let us stand out in a crowd!

    Recruit

    We are currently a small, but perfectly formed bunch! The re launch has given us a focus for our energies and, when we are able to recommence regular rehearsals again, will ultimately be an important tool in attracting new members

                         

     
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