Village Dancing With A Twist
Hazel and Chris Metherell have introduced to the village dances with a twist. They have extensive knowledge of dances from different times and places. Le Quelie, May 2016, established what has turned out to be a popular pattern, high on participation and fun. A ceilidh style event, but with French folk music and dancing. We put together a scratch band - any instruments welcome, and had a couple of practices with Chris to get to know the tunes and the style. On the evening, people brought along their gallic picnics - lots of wine, cheese and olives. Some unearthed berets and stripy tops, and danced with gusto under Hazel’s guidance.
As 2017 was the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, why not a Regency Ball? This was more challenging musically, but provided an exciting opportunity for less experienced instrumentalists to rehearse pieces and for those with more years of notes under their fingers to have some fun with good tunes. Two dance workshops were included in the ticket price and were well attended.
March 18th, 2017 was the great day, and saw the Village Hall transformed into the Assembly Rooms, chandeliers and all. Many explored recipes of the period and produced stunning hampers, and most came in costumes, hired, made or held together with safety pins.
In 2018 we shook out our costumes and got cooking again to take the Regency Ball to Alnwick – the Northumberland Hall. We're soon going to be deciding what to do in 2019. Maybe another Quelie? If you have any thoughts, get in touch.
12th Night Tudor Revels
Henry VIII made a lot of Twelfth Night, so we thought we should to, recreating in our own way his court's celebrations in 1518. Music, dancing, mummer's play, games, sword dance, a jester … all overseen by our very own Master of Misrule in our very own Village Hall. It was such fun we're going to do it all over again in 2019.
This year it's going to be a bring-your-own-food-and-drink event, with a flat rate of £5 for everyone to cover room hire, printing and bits and pieces. Last year's hog roast was wonderful, but it's a bit of a financial risk.
January 2016 was when Felton Music got set up with its bank account and a plan, so it seems a good idea to combine its birthday party with the Tudor Revels.
The evening depends on lots of music. Some to accompany the dancing, some to be listened to. There are opportunities for singers and players of all levels of experience and confidence to so as much or as little as they would like. And it's a great chance to explore practically the music of 400 years ago. We've already got quite a few people in the music team, but there's space for anyone and everyone who'd like to take part. Just email. And do encourage friends and family to come along to enjoy the evening.
Everyone is so busy in the lead up to Christmas that we're not doing anything then. The Village Hall is booked for rehearsals on the evenings of January 2, 3 and 4. We'll sort out who's going to rehearse when before Christmas. It's quite intense, but great fun, so, if you aren't off in the sun or the snow, you can have an exciting time right here at home.