Our next concert
Infinite Variety - celebrating our twentieth anniversary
Midsummer Mardles - our first performance in Norfolk...
Here Be Dragons - a concert as part of a celebration of St Margaret's Day, with dangerous journeys and fearsome beasties
ChimesMusical Theatre was created by Cassie Tillett in 1987. November 2007 will see the twentieth anniversary of their originalconcert, which was called Just a song at teatime - an afternoon ofparlour-song entertainment. It waspresented as part of a day of music at Bourne Hall in Ewell in aid of theBritish Epilepsy Association, and was in memory of a friend of Cassie’s whohad died as a result of her epilepsy.
The groupwere asked to provide a concert about a year later as a fund-raising event forOur Lady Immaculate Catholic Church in Tolworth; and the rest, as they say, ishistory. Cassie continued toarrange musical entertainments for charitable causes, and an increasing numberof her theatrical and musical colleagues were recruited to take part. The spectrum of musical styles increased with the various performers, andnow ranges from opera to operetta, from music hall to musicalcomedy, from parlour-song to pantomime; casts have ranged fromthree performers to twelve, and audiences from the Sutton Deanery Clergy Wivesto the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society – including transatlantic visitors!
The singershave generally been colleagues from choirs and operatic societies, many of whomare professional musicians; but whether they earn their living from music ornot, they have freely given their time and considerable talents – generallyfor no more than expenses and the occasional glass of something red… We’vebeen proud to work with performers who have otherwise graced the stages of Glyndebourne,the English National Opera and the Royal Albert Hall (to name buta few), but who have been happy to work in churches, halls and stately homes,raising funds for charities ranging from the Cot Death Foundation to HearingDogs for the Deaf, from St Peter & St James Hospice to the Vauxhall FourPeaks Challenge, from stately home restoration to an assortment of churchbuilding funds.
Theperformers travel from a wide range of places, from Brighton to Finchley andfrom Walthamstow to Windsor. We will generally agree to perform where a suitablevenue can be provided, and the venue takes care of finding the audience forus; and where funds will be raised as a result for a charitable cause, aschosen either by the performers or by the venue.
The name Chimeshad no particular significance when it was chosen, except that it wasreminiscent of pleasant-sounding music. Audiencereactions over the years have confirmed that this was the right name to choose!
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