Most of Beth’s groups like to perform. If you would like a choir or a drumming group to sing or play at your event, please get in touch. They usually like plenty of notice so that we can rehearse a really good set for you, but occasionally they’ve been known to pick up last minute gigs and wing it spectacularly well.
Calidoscopio enjoyed a lovely day out at Wirksworth Carnival on May 26th 2013. We were particularly delighted by the dancing carnival queen who put a massive smile on the faces of the whole band by saying;
“You can’t just WALK down the street to THIS. You’ve got to dance!!!!”
It was also great to have a guest appearance from Wirksworth resident Ian Foulds, who was my first ever samba teacher, way back from when I started learning percussion with Amba Samba in Belper, probably around 1997 (give or take a couple of years).
The pop-up choir
Beth and Richard Talaska ran a singing workshop on 18th May 2013 as part of the first ever Belper Arts Festival. It was a fun event with around 40 participants. Here is what one participant said:
“What a great session the pop up choir was today! I wanted to say thank you for making it such an inclusive event. I have never sung in a choir, but really enjoyed the opportunity to participate and not feel silly about my wonky notes at times.”
Many of the participants went on to sing what they had learnt at a concert that evening, also featuring The Chevin Singers, Rough Truffles Community Choir, QHQ and Raise Your Voices.
I particularly enjoyed inviting people from all the choirs that I run to perform together for one song – E Hara. And it was also great singing with everyone from the choris at the end. Hopefully Belper Music Festival will do something similar next year. Many thanks to Beate Toyka who organised the Music part of Belper Arts Festival.
Samba Tres Cidades paraded through the streets of Liverpool yesterday (July 14 2012) for Brazilica Festival. It was a fantastic experience for the drummers and people watching the parade. I led my arrangement of Tonibobe and Aluja de Xango (a condomble toque), Mika (from Art Brasil) led a groove called Funk it up (with some Ijexa, drum and bass, and reggae grooves in it), and Mat (from Nottingham School of Samba) led a groove called Woteva (a contemporary groove). Also performing at this event were the amazing group Sambiesta from Singapore.
Local Vocals performed for their second time at Rangemoor Church, South Derbyshire. It was a wonderful evening of singing, music and cake – thanks to Jen and Steve for playing piano and sax in between the choir’s songs, and thanks to the folks at the church for the cake and Pimms! Here is what one choir member said about the evening: “What a wonderful inspiring evening spent at Rangemore Church and so many people came to hear us!… and we were welcomed so gracefully…..a GREAT success and the acoustics of the church lent itself to our voices, thanks to Beth … she really is an inspiration … we are so fortunate to have her as our director …. Long may it continue and we all went away very happy. ” (June 2012)
Thank goodness that the sun came out for Wirksworth carnival. Calidoscopio enjoyed leading the parade around the town, and it was a special treat to have SaRena and her costumed dancers from Nottingham with us. (June 2012)
A good time was had by Kaleidoscope Community Choir and Calidoscopio who braved the mud and rain at Glastonbudget (just like Glastonbury, with lots of mud, but the bands are all cover bands and the coffee is cheaper too!). For me, the most fun was doing an acapella off-drum practice in the bar before Calidoscopio’s set. (June 2012)
The Chevin Singers were invited to sing for a wedding at the end of May 2012. We thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in our best clothes and singing, to back up the vocally shy wedding guests. We also enjoyed a drink in the pub afterwards. (June 2012)
Coming up in 2012 Calidoscopio are teaming up with Nottingham School of Samba and Art Brasil from Stoke-on-Trent under the name “Tres Cidades” Portuguese for three cities. We’re going to play en masse for Brazilica – Liverpool’s Brazilian Carnival. We’ve had our first rehearsal and it’s going to be MASSIVE!
Local Vocals performed at The Leopard Tutbury for the first time on 10 April 2012, after just ten weeks of rehearsals. We sang out side the pub, after a quick practice in Margaret’s garden (where a blackbird joined in with us, and a peacock cheered when we’d finished). There was a lovely community vibe; lots of people had come to watch us, and there were lots of happy faces in the audience and in the choir. You can see some video’s of the gig on Local Vocals’ Facebook Page.
Calidoscopio are proud to have performed at Brazilica 2011, Liverpool’s Brazilian carnival. Calidoscopio are also proud to have played at Pride Park for a friendly football match; Brazil vs Ukraine.
Rough Truffles really enjoyed singing at Belper Food Festival last year, and sang at Steve and Suzy’s wedding. Now Steve is the group’s Secretary and Suzy is the Chair – just coincidence!
Kaleidoscope Community Choir put on their own concert in November 2011, with QHQ and JigJaw also performing. This was a really enjoyable event. You can see some video’s of us rehearsing for it on Kaleidoscope Choir’s Youtube Channel.
The Chevin Singers enjoyed putting together a peice about Shakespeares songs at Strutts School Shakespeare Festival. They also enjoyed singing at the Royal Derby Hospital to brighten up the days of those working and visiting. This was part of the AIR project.
Play Your Drum – African drumming group enjoyed playing on Derby Market Place as part of the “One Year to Go” event to mark one year before the 2012 Olympic Games.
Beth used to play guitar and sing backing vocals in 5 piece punk rock band “The Mothers”, five Derby mums playing their own songs all about battling with nits, burning the tea and having twins. Here is a link to their finest hour – an article in The Guardian “Never Mind the Horlicks“. And here is the old website for The Mothers.