An afternoon of diversity, harmony and unity

“I‘m on the right track baby” were the poignant lyrics of Magenta’s final song
“Born this way” arranged by our founder Liz Garnett (http://www NULL.helpingyouharmonise NULL.com/) for our workshop as part of
last Sunday.

“So hold your head up girl” yes we definitely all did that! as for one last time,
joining with other women, Magenta came back together and had an amazing
afternoon creating harmony and bringing a touch of magic as we performed to
family and friends this upbeat vibrant song. Singing from our hearts this powerful
message for now and onwards with love from us all. Be who you are.

We are all born super stars.

Julie Benham

Come to the Magenta Reunion Workshop!

Magenta was for ten years Moseley’s very own female close-harmony choir, and our singing workshops are legendary. Though Magenta is no longer active on a regular basis, we are reconvening for a Moseley Festival afternoon of harmony: if you haven’t tried this yet, here is your chance!

Participants get to learn from scratch a popular song specially arranged in four parts by Liz Garnett, Magenta’s founder, and you’ll be amazed at how much fun you will have, and at what can be achieved in an afternoon.

Friends and family are invited at 4.30 to hear the world premiere performance. Tickets £5, in advance or on the door. Women only for voice reasons. Under sixteens welcome with a participating adult. For more information and to book your place contact workshop@magentacloseharmony.com (workshop null@null magentacloseharmony NULL.com)

Venue: Moseley All Services Club, 91 Church Rd, B13 9EA

Time: 2pm -5pm

Magenta’s Last Concert

St Marys ConcertOur concert in St Mary’s church yesterday was Magenta’s last in the choir’s current incarnation. Over the last few months, Life has intervened in our evolution, with several long-standing members announcing they would no longer be able to sing with us. So we decided to take a break for now, after fulfilling our last major booking.

And what a send-off it was! In the heart of Moseley, in a church that harbours many musical memories for the choir, surrounded by our friends and supporters. We shared music from our full history, from ‘Let the River Run’ which we introduced to the repertoire in 2007, to ‘One Love’, which we started at last summer’s Moseley Festival workshop.

And what lies in the future? Well, we don’t know yet. But we do know that we will be getting together again for a reunion workshop in Moseley Festival 2017. It will be an afternoon of no-strings-attached harmonising with friends old and new, and we extend an invitation to all women who love music to come and join us at the All Services Club on Church Road on 2 July.

We should like to end this chapter with thanks to St Mary’s for inviting us to contribute to their coffee morning concert series again, and thanks to all those who have shared our journey over the years, as singers and as listeners.

Liz Garnett

St Mary’s Concert

stmarysMagenta is delighted to be invited back to sing at the Coffee Concert at St (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/Musicatstmarysmoseley/?fref=nf)Mary’s Church Moseley, on Saturday 28th January 2017 from 11 am.

Our repertoire for this event will stretch from a traditional folk song  to recent pop tunes.  The unique arrangements by our Musical Director, Liz Garnett, produce a warm, blended and harmonious sound that cannot fail to embrace you in peaceful contentment and leave your spirits high by the end of our performance.

Come and join us and experience the truly versatile sound that is Magenta.

So what have we been up to…?

Magenta have been out and about over the last few weeks. We began the festive season early this year performing to travellers in New Street Station on the 26th November. Passers by stopped to enjoy our selection of classic songs with a few festive favourites thrown in.co-op4

A week later we returned to our friends at the Co-op in Moseley for another sing. As we had moved into December we felt it only right to add more Christmas numbers into the sets.  Our new Christmas 2016 arrangement “Merry Christmas Everyone” arranged especially for us by our Director Liz Garnett was very well received. We had people dancing in the aisles – literally!

We collected donations for the Moseley Christmas lights appeal raising over £60.

 If you missed us don’t despair. There’s still one more chance to hear us before the end of the year. We’re performing at the Mac (Midlands Arts Centre) on Saturday 17th December, at 12.30pm and 2.30pm in the foyer.

stmarysjan20161-300x194And if you fancy a whole concert of Magenta, we will be in St Mary’s Church in Moseley on Saturday 28th January, from 11am to midday. With coffee and cakes served beforehand and the Moseley farmers’ market just down the road too it’s a day out you can’t afford to miss!

Magenta by the Sea

Early morning on Saturday 5 November saw Magenta boarding a luxurious coach outside our rehearsal venue in Moseley, to be driven in style through the beautiful autumn countryside to Llandudno, where we had a long-standing engagement to perform at the North Wales Choral Festival.

First priority? Chips, and a walk by the sea. Crashing waves and a northerly gale meant that there were no cobwebs anywhere on our persons by the time we were due to warm up – and then back along the promenade to Venue Cymru where the festival was taking place. A huge venue, with rather a sports stadium feel; packed with people, the choirs recognisable by their matching (and often glamorous) dresses. Another chance to warm up and tune in to each other, and then we were shown into the ‘arena’: large, seating perhaps 1000 people, with the stage impressively lit and decorated in something of the style of a floodlit Greek temple.

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We didn’t win the cup. But we got to hear the ten other choirs in our class, including Entourage, the deserving winners. And we came home with things that were perhaps even more valuable than a trophy. There was the glow of ‘we did it’ – we performed our set on that great stage, with the lights in our eyes and hundreds of people listening. There was discovering just how true it is that we are unique: we were the only a capella choir and the only one that wasn’t directed from out front; and our repertoire stood out a mile for its freshness and originality, and for the complexity and intricacy of the arrangements.

Our two new members, Bose and Jo, plunged right in at the deep end with this as their first performance with us, performed their hearts out; and we had the sense of really bonding with them and welcoming them into us as a choir.

We look forward to coming more fully into what we truly see is our uniqueness, and to sharing that – to make people happy!

Myra Connell

Magenta Retreat

retreat-outsideSunday 18 September saw Magenta spending the whole day on a retreat at Hillscourt Conference Centre, a return visit for the majority and first time for three of us who joined within the last year (with no idea of what to expect!)

Inspired by a beautiful venue (and an excellent lunch) we covered a variety of choir related topics, starting with a getting to know you ice breaker from Jenny, then a very music-machine-2 music-machinehelpful session from Liz on controlling nerves.

An artistic exercise by Cathy make us think about what Magenta means to us. Liz led a fun session on singing with varied (and in some cases rather bizarre) styles – try singing Somebody to Love while trying to look like an excited puppy!

There was also a session on quarteting led by our quartet regulars with each group then performing to the rest of the choir. Only ten notes but a really useful exercise for those of us new to singing in a quartet.

Glenys introduced us to the benefits of laughter yoga, though perhaps the biggest laugh came from Julie’s music machine exercise (pictured left).

A long and tiring day but good to spend time together recharging musical batteries, working on all sorts of different aspects (including sharing out the admin jobs) and getting to know each other better – very important when singing together. Roll on another year’s singing.

Jane Kirby

‘Let’s get together and feel all right…’

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…and that is exactly what happened last Sunday when we celebrated Magenta’s 10th anniversary at our workshop and performance, followed by tea and celebratory cakes a gogo. Our birthday celebration featured as part of the Moseley Festival and took place at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre in the large Shrine Room; an acoustically friendly space which had our harmonies dancing
round the room!

Singing alongside our current choir members, were friends, family and those who just wanted to ‘have a go’. It was especially good to see several former choir members who had come to join us,  adding a touch of nostalgia and indeed amazement as two are now living in Hong Kong and the USA!

The song chosen for this year’s workshop was “One Love’, freshly arranged in four parts by Liz Garnett, our founder and director. After two hours and expert teaching  by Liz we delivered the world premier of the song, in true performance style, to our invited audience. Magenta then sang several songs from our repertoire with a finale of ‘Let the River Run’, when we were joined by seven of our former members who added sparkle to the occasion and definitely enhanced our performance.

By the end of the afternoon, we were certainly in need of some serious sustenance and delighted to find tables heaving with an assortment of tempting delicacies and pots of tea ready to refresh our participants.  The atmosphere was lively and convivial and the mood was perfectly set to show our appreciation to Liz, with carefully chosen gifts as a thank you from the members of Magenta for all her energy, enthusiasm and expertise over the last ten years.

So, a special anniversary celebrated in a special way with a nod to a special person…and we were all able to say with confidence that we did get together and we did feel all right!

Gill Lingard