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After a six week break, In Flagrante is back in action with Eamonn O’Dwyer again at the helm to prepare us for our first concert in over two years. It will be on Thursday 03 March 2022 at Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club.

We are very fortunate to have such a large, well ventilated, and safe venue to meet in. It was great to see so many old friends and new in person and to sing together. There was real buzz in the room as we gathered together

We began with our inevitable warm up to loosen our tongues and then tie them up with tongue twisters! This creates great laughter, and we are relaxed and ready to sing.

In our concert we will be singing some new songs, originally learned during lockdown on Zoom, and some old favourites. We only have eight weeks to prepare and be concert ready!

One of the songs we will be singing is, 'You'll never walk alone' from the film and show Carousel. Marcus Mumford from Mumford and Sons recorded this version in lockdown. . All the proceeds went to Grenfell Foundation and War child UK

Eamonn took us through half of the repertoire to get a feel of how much work is needed. We will cover the second half next week. He was pleasantly surprised that over half of the songs are in really good shape. However, that does leave some that need to a lot of homework to be done, where the usual Oohs are flaccid and need to be bright, as do the high notes! A lot of smiling and oranges under the armpits are needed!

It is our responsibility to do our homework to bring us up to Eamonn’s exacting standards. We have the backing tracks we can listen to as we go about our day to help us embed the right notes in the right order!

In Flagrante is the best local choir and is very professional and WILL be ready to perform again.

Shall we?

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When In Flagrante was originally formed, one of the first songs we learned was called The Rose. Eamonn O’Dwyer composed a beautiful arrangement especially for us and it has remained a favourite of ours and we often include it in our performances.

What is it about the rose makes it endearing and powerful?

The Rose Song

The Rose was written by Amanda Broom and made famous by Bette Midler, who sang it in the closing credits of the film of the same name. It has been covered by many artists, including Conway Twitty and Westlife and, of course our local choir, In Flagrante.

Amanda Broom said she heard a song called Magdalena on the radio and loved the line “Your love is like a razor. My heart is like a scar” and though she didn’t agree with the sentiment at the time, words just rushed into her head and as soon as she reached home, she sat at her piano and The Rose was written in ten minutes

The Rose for Rugby

From the first international rugby match in 1871 against Scotland, England has had the Red Rose emblem. It’s not known why rugby chose the red rose rather than the three lions passant guardant as other sports. It was suggested that it was believed (mistakenly) to represent the English monarchy and therefore England. The story goes back to the Wars of the Roses (1455 – 1485).

However, it was the House of Lancaster that had the red rose which was merged with the House of York’s white rose making the royal English rose red and white. Elizabeth I, who was from the House of Lancaster, continued to use the red rose, so this maybe why the error occurred.

The Rose of Shakespeare

The famous line from Romeo & Juliet “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” where Juliet argues that if Romeo had another name rather than Montague, he would still be handsome and Juliet’s love and he wouldn’t be a Montague and then she could marry him. Short clip of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.

The Rose of In Flagrante

Our local choir is blooming and if you can’t wait for us to perform The Rose live at one of our concerts, you can see and hear a clip of a previous rendition. Keep watching for when we next perform and come and hear us, or indeed, join us to sing.

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A Christmas Carol by In Flagrante

In Flagrante is now resting their vocal chords until 11 January 2022, but here is our Christmas Carol story:

Christmas Past In 2018 our choir had a Christmas concert with Elliot Clay as our Musical Director and pianist. We sang traditional carols such as In the Bleak Mid Winter and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, plus popular songs like Let it Snow and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. We even sang Carol of the Bells and ‘Somewhere in My Memory’

from the movie Home Alone. It was a wonderful atmosphere. Georgia Louise sang a lovely Christmas Lullaby.

Christmas Present Unfortunately, we were unable to perform in concert this year, but an impromptu singing of Christmas songs at our final meeting of the year was great fun. The canapes and a glass or two of wine added to the occasion. Christmas Future Looking forward to 2022 when we will be in good voice singing Christmas songs old and new next Christmas, but this will be after we have performed two more concerts in March and July. For now “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

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