ReSound usually takes part in five or six performances a year. Some are concerts based round our singing, in others we add to mixed programmes, some are cabaret style, some more formal. Some public concerts take place in large venues, others in tiny resonant spaces where only a few can fit.
On Saturday, 15 February 2020, at St Giles Church, Cambridge, we were delighted to sing in support of the Winter Fair and Big Sleepout fundraiser, raising money for The Cambridge Churches Homeless Project (CCHP), a collection of churches and a synagogue that work together to offer practical care and support to people who would otherwise be sleeping rough in our city each winter, and CamCRAG which supports displaced people in Northern France and Greece who are trying to escape war and oppression. They buy food, shelter and clothing for refugees in Calais and Dunkirk, sending regular convoys of volunteers and aid from the Cambridge region to Northern France, and money to improve facilities in refugee camps in Greece. We understand that over £12,000 was raised for these very worthy causes.
This year’s winter singing event took place in the Round Church on Sunday 15 December. It’s a pleasure to sing in this wonderful space, at times surrounding the audience, at times the centre of the audience, and at times from a distance. We rounded the early evening off with warm drinks.
This event raised almost £800 for Wintercomfort, the cambridge charity for the homeless.
(No photos for this event, because the church is both atmospheric and dark….)
Our Annual Punting trip took place on 23 July 2019. We disembarked for a picnic and some singing at Jesus Green, then punted along the Cam in five punts alongside each other, singing, as you can see, below:
On 30 June 2019, we gave a late afternoon concert of summer music at the beautiful St Cyriac’s Church in Swaffham Prior, around 20 minutes from Cambridge, one of our favourite singing venues. We sang resonant songs in this beautiful space, then choir and audience shared a picnic, and some informal singing in the church grounds.
It was also the launch of our beautiful new banner, which can be seen on the picture above.
On 18 June 2019, we supported Samia Malik at the Junction in Cambridge, and were gratified by the enthusiastic reception we received from people who hadn’t heard us before.
On 17 November 2018, we sang in the Round Church, surrounding our audience with song in a wonderfully resonant space. We loved it, and, from the feedback we received, so did the audience:
‘Wow. What a feast for the ears!’
‘One of the choirs best concerts’
‘What a wonderful sound you make – uplifting, lump in the throat, life affirming’
‘Thank you for this very special evening! Your programme certainly made the most of the beautiful, resonant acoustics and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Please do it again’
This sold-out concert raised over £500 for CAMFED, supporting the education of women and girls in Africa.
On 6 October 2018, we were very happy to sing at VSO’s 60th birthday celebration at the new Storey’s Field Centre, in Eddington.
In July 2018, we had two informal singing events:
Click on pictures below:
In April 2018, we had our ‘Spring Fling’ at St Andrews Church, Cherry Hinton, who made us wonderfully welcome. We sang a selection of new and older favourites, and the event raised an impressive £500 to support the work of Romsey Mill.
In March 2018, we were delighted to join with poet Michael Rosen for ‘Yours Hopefully’, a concert celebrating the power of words and music in challenging racisim and prejudice against refugees and migrants, and promoting hope, solidarity and connection. The concert attracted an audience of some 300 people, and the profits (just under £3,000) go to CamCRAG, the Cambridge Convoy action Group.
Here are some pictures from the evening:
In January 2018, we were invited to participate in the civic ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at the Guildhall, and to stand alonside survivors of the Holocaust and other atrocities, students from local schools, and civic leaders.
In October 2017, we held a fundraising concert for The Seed Project in Zimbabwe, a small charity run by people based in Cambridge which is doing fine work to support families to develop income generating projects in rural communities. We sang some of the African songs from our repertoire, many with full audience participation, as well as a selection of other of our songs. The concert raised over £1300 for the very worthwhile cause.
In November 2016, our ‘Calais Cabaret’ at which ReSound and some of our musical friends performed raised funds for the Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group (CAMCRAG). St Paul’s church was packed and ReSound sang with passion and blended excellence to over 200 people, raising over £2,000 to support refugees. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a success.
‘This was ReSound at their best ever!’
‘Thnks for the most heartwarming evening I’ve been to for a long time’
Some (atmospheric) pictures of the event:
We have sung at the Junction in Cambridge, supporting Reem Kelani and Coope, Boyes and Simpson. One reviewer wrote ‘ReSound came on stage and treated us to a delightful twenty minutes of massed-voice songs from a wide variety of traditions, culminating in Moon River. They sang beautifully throughout, carrying off intricate vocal arrangements with perfection.’ We have shared the stage with a wide variety of singers, including the Dimanta sisters from Latvia, the B Naturals acapella quartet, and the founder and leader of the Spooky Men, Steven Taberner.
ReSound also takes part in many local and national events. We took a leading part in the Cambridge Cycle of Songs in 2014, a song project celebrating the Tour de France in Cambridge. Here’s our recording of ‘Why we Ride’ one of the specially commissioned songs.
We sing every year at Sing and Swim, a fundraiser for WaterAid, at the Mill Road winter fair, and at the Talking in Tune Christmas Busk raising funds for Wintercomfort
Our singing has helped raise money for many charities which include: Talking in Tune, the Amos Trust, Camfed, Amnesty International, Wintercomfort, WaterAid, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Save the Children, Cambridge Money Advice Centre, Transitions Cambridge/Cambridge Food Cycle, CAMCRAG, the SEED project, and a successful project to build a well for a village in Kenya.
A full list of all our events is here: Resound events 2011-November 2017