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As Autumn leaves fall against a backdrop of a Rainbow and day turns into a Starry Night. Enjoy!

Counting the days now until In Flagrante returns again on 05 September.

We are pleased to welcome back Elliot Clay as he returns to lead us towards our Winter/Christmas Concert on 06 December.

Many of you will already know him from his leadership in the past. He also came to see and hear us in our very successful sell out concert in July, so he knows the high standard we can produce. He will work us hard and help us give another successful return performance of which we can all be proud.

A little taster of the starting songs which we have previous sung, so we return to a gentle start.

Vincent, is a song by Don McLean, written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is often erroneously titled after its opening refrain, "Starry, Starry Night", a reference to Van Gogh's 1889 painting The Starry Night.

'Struggles with his mental health led Van Gogh to admit himself to the psychiatric hospital of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Throughout his twelve-month confinement, he continued to paint. It was a period of anguish but extraordinary creativity for Van Gogh, in which he produced some of his most dazzling and beloved works', One being The Starry Night.

McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of Van Gogh. It was released on McLean's 1971 American Pie album; the following year, the song topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks

The Rainbow Connection is a song from the 1979 film The Muppet Movie, with music and lyrics written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher. The song was performed by Jim Henson – as Kermit the Frog – in the film

Autumn Leaves is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Joseph Kosma in 1945 with original lyrics by Jacques Prévert in French (original French title: "Les Feuilles mortes"), and later by Johnny Mercer in English. An instrumental version by pianist Roger Williams was a number one best-seller in the US Billboard charts of 1955. Autumn Leaves was recorded steadily throughout the 1950s by leading pop vocalists including Steve Conway (1950), Bing Crosby (1950), Steve Allen (whose rendition was the only other version to chart in 1955), Nat King Cole (whose version was used in the 1956 film Autumn Leaves), Doris Day (1956),, Frank Sinatra (1957) and Eva Cassidy.(1996)

These three songs are arranged by Eamonn and they will appear in Dropbox soon. Those of us who have previously sung these songs can return to our archives and find copies ready for next week.

Looking forward to seeing you all again in good voice on 05 September when we will sing out again.

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