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The Dorian Singers

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Founded in 1981, The Dorian Singers are a small, friendly mixed-voice choir with a passion for singing choral music of all periods and styles.

Our recent concerts have included Handel’s ‘Messiah’, church music from the Tudor period, Joseph Horowitz’s ‘Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo’, a medley of Abba hits and even a semi-staged performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’. The singers love the wide variety of repertoire, and so do our audiences.

In 2019 we gave our first-ever joint concert with the municipal choir from Felixstowe’s twin town of Wesel, in front of a packed audience which included the Mayor and a number of other civic dignitaries. As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations next year, we are hoping to pay a return visit to Wesel.

We normally give three or four concerts a year in the Felixstowe area, and rehearse from 7.15-9.30pm on Wednesday evenings during term time at Trimley St Martin Primary School. Under our dynamic and experienced musical director, Alan Loader, rehearsals are always enjoyable and rewarding, and our subscription rates are very competitive!

If you think you’d like to join us, please come along to one of our rehearsals. Alternatively, give our chairman, Jean Shaw, a ring on 01394 448783 or drop her a line at jeanmargaret671@gmail.com.

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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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