Tag Archives: gigs

Singing through Spring and into Summer 2016

15 May

Hello lovely singers!

It’s a lovely time of year and we have all ready started a new season of songs to get our spirits lifted on a Thursday evening! There is nothing quite like singing together in a group of people and when we start to hear a piece come together with harmonies and dynamics, it is such a great sound! I also enjoy our post-choir drink (usually at The Horse and Farrier), where we get to chat and hang out together. New singers (and those who maybe haven’t been in a while!) are always welcome at The Woolpack Studios on a Thursday – we hope to see you soon.

For those of you interested in performing – we have an end of term concert planned for FRIDAY 15th JULY 2016 at Otley Parish Church. It will be a celebration of Leeds choirs and I am extremely happy to be singing on the same bill as Sally’s Army, Ilkley Moornotes and Good In Parts. We will be raising money for the Joanna Project so it will be an evening not to be missed. WATCH THIS SPACE!


*for separate parts – please see the HAVE A LISTEN! page*





ROYALS – Lorde



Our next performance

3 Mar

We’re busy practising for our next performance – hope you can join us!


We will be performing the songs we have been practising since January this year – this would be a great concert to come to if you have been thinking of joining the choir but have not yet come along. Everyone is welcome!

The event is free however we will be holding a raffle in order to raise money for The Woolpack Studios.

Hope to see you very soon

Getting Ready For Christmas

31 Oct

We’ve started working on our Christmas Songs!


– O Holy Night (all parts)

– O Holy Night (lead)

– O Holy Night (harmony 2)

– O Holy Night (harmony 1)

And here is the score



– all parts

– harmony 2

– harmony 1

– lead

– bass



We’ve also got a few gigs coming up and I’m really excited to perform these songs – it’s been great to hear how much the songs are improving week on week thank you to all your hard work

26th November – Horse and Farrier from 8:30pm
12th December – Otley Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival from 4pm

flyer 2015 snowflakes

17th December – Horse and Farrier Woolpack Christmas Tree Festival from 8:30pm

So spread the word and get all your friends to come and hear us!

Here are the songs we’ll be singing… so get listening to them and get familiar with them before our Thursday sessions


Hope to see you all really soon 🙂

June 2015 – Working towards our next performance

4 Jun

We will be performing at Korks on 24th July alongside Otley Ukulele Orchestra and The Fortnights. It’s very exciting to have a gig to prepare for especially when there will be a few collaborations on the night!

We will be looking at the songs we will be performing at the event over the coming Thursdays – so I hope to see you here at The Woolpack Music Studios very soon!

Tonight we will start to look at a new song – and one we will be singing with Otley Ukulele Orchestra at the concert…

Hope you like it!

WEATHER WITH YOU OAC – sheet music

– WEATHER WITH YOU MP3 demo + ukulele

Here is the original version – ah the memories?! The 1990s was such a great time for music…

Watch this space for more details of our up and coming perfomance and rehearsal schedule

Merry Christmas Everyone!

24 Dec

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has come along to The Woolpack on a Thursday eve and put in so much to the choir. We have had a great year and I really can see and hear that we are going from strength to strength.

One of the most magical moments for me was WHITE CHRISTMAS and WAR IS OVER with The Fortnights at Korks last Sunday. AMAZING! But this year we have also had the magical experiences of singing for the Tour De France crowds, the Food Bank, the Donkey Sanctuary and The Christmas Tree festival.

It’s really exciting to think what 2015 has in store for us… new songs, performances and lots of fun Thursdays together.

Wishing you and your nearest and dearest a very Happy Christmas and a lovely new year! (We are singing for Tealbeck on Christmas Day at 2pm if you fancy joining us for an hour – meet at The Woolpack 1:45pm – all welcome!)

Listen to how amazing you all sound!!!!

December 2014

21 Nov

We have been busily preparing for Christmas and the songs are really starting to take shape!

We have 4 performances over the festive period so I really hope you can make some (or all!) of the dates… even if you haven’t been along for a while we’d always love to see you.

7th December – Victorian Fayre (2:30pm) at The Woolpack. Victorian costume encouraged but not essential!
13th December – Christmas Tree Festival (4pm – 6pm) at The Parish Church
18th December – Carols at The Roebuck (7:30pm)
21st December – The Woolpack Christmas Party (7:30pm onwards) at Korks (we’ll be singing one song with a band!!)

Click here to see the calendar of events including rehearsals and songs we’ll be singing…
OAC December 2014

OAC Roebuck

xmas party flyer low res

A few of us are gathering on Christmas Day to sing for our friends at Tealbeck. If you are free and fancy a sing – we’d love to see you. Meet at The Woolpack at 1:45pm and we’ll have a sherry afterwards!

We’re throwing another party this year because we had such a great time last year! Entrance is ticket only so please email me for a ticket jen@bighooha.co.uk. £15 includes hot food by Nikki’s Pop-Up Kitchen, dance floor, great tunes and cafe area. Come and welcome in 2015 with friends!

NYE 2014

THE FIRST OAC of 2015 will be Thursday 15th January 7:30pm!

Think that is all for now!

I will add all the sheet music you might need to the SONGS page (up top of screen!) 🙂

Getting ready for Christmas!

6 Nov

Oh yes it’s that time of year again! And this year we are excited to have 4 opportunities to sing in Otley this festive season

December 7th – Otley Victorian Fayre
December 13th – Otley Christmas Tree Festival
December 18th – Carol Singing at The Roebuck
December 21st – The Woolpack Christmas Party at Korks

Here are the carols we are learning – I will upload more as we go along!

OAC Hark The Herald Verse 1 and 2

OAC Hark The Herald VS 3

OAC Silent Night

Hope to sing with you all very soon

Moon River

8 Sep

It was really great to be back singing with each other again after our summer break… and wonderful to welcome new singers too!

We started rehearsing Moon River in 3 part harmony, which you can have a listen to (a rough demo of) here…

and have a look at the score here (it is written an octave higher)…



We have two exciting gigs coming up – both for the Donkey Sanctuary! Check out all the incredible work they do here…


Saturday 27th September (7pm-8pm) at The Marriot Hotel in Leeds

Raising Money for the incredible work that the Donkey Sanctuary do http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/

Raising Money for the incredible work that the Donkey Sanctuary do http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/

Thursday 16th October (7pm-9pm) Korks Wine Bar

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Hope to see you soon



24 Jun

Hello Everyone!

We had an incredible time at our Summer Concert on 8th June. We raised £86 for Otley Food Bank!

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event, the lovely staff at The Horse and Farrier and of course – all you wonderful singers. It was such a great night!

OAC june 2014

and you all look so beautiful!


SO now we have the TOUR DE FRANCE to look forward to!

We are performing on Thursday 3rd July at The Fleece from 8pm and on 5th July outside The Woolpack in the afternoon.

Hope you can make it!

We will be singing our new bike related songs, which we started last week…


Ride Your Bike – demo


La Vie En Rose demo coming soon!


I’d like to record 4 or 5 of our best songs before the Summer so we can make a CD. I have pencilled in 17th July (Thursday) – I really hope you will be able to take part in this as I want to capture how great OAC sounds at the moment – we are sounding the best we ever have!


Please keep 24th July (Thursday) free for our Summer Party. I’m thinking (if it’s sunny) an outdoorsy thing, maybe rounders and a picnic!

Hope to see you all very soon



3 Jun

We have been busily preparing for our summer concert, which is this Sunday (8th June) at The Horse and Farrier, Otley, from 7pm. We will be raising money for Otley Food Bank so please come down and show your support for such a great charity. And spread the word!

summer flyer 2014

Here are the songs we will be performing (in this order!)

And Your Bird Can Sing
Islands In The Stream
Moving On Up
Everything I Own
Still Haven’t Found
It’s Too Late
You’re All I Need
Higher and Higher
One Day Like This


We did our first sing for the residents of Tealbeck last week, which was really lovely. We have been asked back so will be looking at some new songs for them to perform in October.

After the 8th June we will be looking at 2 Tour De France related songs (La Vie En Rose and an adaptation of Lee Dorsey’s Ride Your Pony – can you guess what I have changed ‘pony’ to?!)

We will be performing on 3rd July at The Fleece and on 5th July at The Woolpack for the TdF so I hope you can be around for that – it should be really good fun!

I look forward to singing with you soon