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Arts, Theatre & Music

Across the Borders – a song of hope

The singers of Felixstowe Harmonies and their musical director have created a moving tribute to those affected by Covid-19.

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The singers of Felixstowe Harmonies and their musical director have created a moving tribute to those affected by Covid-19.  Here’s Chandra Grover, Musical Director, to tell us more.


The collaboration was conceived during an online session in early April.  The singers were talking about how the world was changing, expressing anxiety over the Coronavirus pandemic and the dread of being isolated and missing loved ones. 

I asked the singers to send me lyrics which I would set to music and keen to be involved the lyrics soon came streaming in.  So many vivid statements of how people were feeling during the lock-down period.

Some sent one liners, others just a single word, but gosh those single words were inspirational! 

It was a song writers dream.  I soon set to work writing the melody and arranging it for 4 part choir and piano.  A dozen drafts later we had a song!  Across the Borders.  Instead of performing together as they usually would, the singers recorded their vocals individually while in isolation.  All 36 voices were mixed and a video produced.

The chorus has a strong and uplifting message of solidarity, of friends uniting and how singing has the power to lift hearts across the borders of our world.  

Sheet music for female and mixed voiced and solo is available for download at sheetmusicplus: https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/across-the-borders-satb-for-choir-digital-sheet-music/21763616

We hope you enjoy our song.

Chandra Grover, Musical Director

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Titanium Cover by Felixstowe Pianist, Tom Metcalf

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Tom is an extraordinary pianist who performs at The Orwell Hotel on Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday lunchtime. He is also available for all types of functions like weddings, birthdays etc.

You can contact Tom through email at: tmetcalfmusic@gmail.com.

For now, enjoy this gorgeous cover of “Titanium” by David Guette and Sia….

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Trimley Artist Shares Her Passion for Creativity

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Angela Ashford is an incredibly talented artist based in Trimley. She has shown a great passion for helping others – here she is to tell us about the charities she’s worked with and what inspires her work…

Even though I have lived in various places around the world, I was born and brought up in Suffolk. So after all the traveling settled once again in the county I call home, and consider myself a Suffolk girl at heart. 

I am mainly a self-taught artist as I never had the luxury of going to university to study art, due to being profoundly dyslexic. This I did not find out until later in life as it was not recognised in the 1960s & 70s as it is today.  I am now retired from the NHS where I had worked for the last 10 years and live in Trimley St Mary.  It is here and now that I can concentrate fully on art. 

I have a heart for sharing my knowledge with others, I am not talking about teaching… I will leave that to those who are professionally trained. But to come along side people and small groups to encourage them to express themselves creatively in art and crafts of various sorts. 

Last year I started working with “Insideout,” an Ipswich based charity as one of their artists.

“The charity believes in the power of the creative process to strengthen the spirit.”

It works with people of all ages who live with mental health issues in their lives. Insideout not only offers art and crafts but singing and creative writing as well, different ways in which people are encouraged to express themselves in. 

Another small charity I’ve started working with doing much the same as with Insideout and that is “Beam” in Ipswich….  Beam supports mothers whose children have bean adopted and put into care or live elsewhere.  It gives them a place they can meet up share and with one another, where there is no judgement, just loving support. 

Last autunm my local primary school in Trimley St Mary. They were requiring the help of someone who could help design a large mural for the reception class outside play area, I decided to volunteer. I designed the mural, and together with parents and children, we painted what resembled a giant paint by numbers with all ages joining in to paint the mural. It was such a fun day. 

And lastly, I was so delighted last year to be sponsored by Fred Olson to paint an Elmer for the “Elmer’s Big Parade Ipswich,” He was called “Elmer’s Travel Trunk,” and raised £4,400 towards the St Elizabeth Hospice, which is dear to my heart. 

In my own work, I normally work in various genres from Portraiture and Prophetic art, (paintings based on biblical truths,) to more recently collages with sea glass and drift wood, as I love beach-combing and try to find ways to show the beauty in what I find on the beach. 

My website is www.theashfordstudio.co.uk  and I have recently set up a shop on Etsy called LoveBeachCombing, Please  visit these sites to see more of my work. 

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Strawberry Full Moon

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Last night we had a stunning full moon. Here are some photos captured by some talented local photographers from the Felixstowe Photographers group.

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