2018 was a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious year. We were invited to perform our own self-penned works at the Last Post at The Menin Gate, Belgium for its WW1 commemorations. We sang two of our own compositions, the first time for any choral group since the event began in the early 1920s. Our Mary Poppins and Hairspray productions were show-stopping and we conducted a wide range of community initiatives from Christmas events to tea dances and lectures for the elderly. 17 major projects and a great number of minor projects in all.
Approved Examination Centre.
Enter CIC becomes an approved private examinations centre. We are able to provide examinations for candidates in and out of the traditional education system.
The Wind Road Boys – Spennymoor.
This large-scale schools project saw Enter staff and volunteers working with children in local school communities to recreate The Wind Road Boys professional production.
We worked with over 1000 school children in the Spennymoor area and selected 80 of these to perform in our professional production of The Wind Road Boys. They performed to over 1000 people.
The Gaiety Afternoons.
Another round of fun and entertainment for the elderly with wonderful refreshments and activities to foster physical and mental well-being.
Carved in Stone.
We write a breathtaking and poignant song to commemorate the fallen who have no known grave. It is released on all major music streaming services and begins to sell straight away.
The Ypres Salient Tour – Menin Gate.
Performances at a number of WW1 Commemorative sites in Belgium. We were delighted to receive a personal invite to perform at The Menin Gate (Ypres), St George’s Memorial Church (Flanders Field), Cloth Hall (Ypres) and Talbot House (Ypres). The group consisted of young people and volunteers from Ferryhill and the surrounding areas who travelled to Belgium to perform in an array of high profile commemorative events. In addition to the scheduled performances, our young people were also granted special permission to perform at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British and Commonwealth WW1 Memorial in the world. A special honour was our young people singing ‘Silent Night’ on the very site where the Christmas Truce took place nearly 104 years earlier. This was an unforgettable and very unique experience and one which moved everyone who saw and heard it.
Our choir of 45 young people were invited to perform in some of the most iconic locations of WW1. It was a hands on education for many in the context of commemoration through performance.
Bishop Auckland Methodist Church Performance.
A very special event that brought song, dance, stories and poems to a grateful community.
Festival of Remembrance 2018 – Durham Cathedral.
We performed extracts from our own songs and poems to great applause as a final commemoration to those who lost their lives 100 years ago in the First World War.
Charity Shoe Box Appeal Support.
The seventh of our regular, annual support events for the community. A local church, which runs a shoe box appeal all year, invites us to help them back the hundreds of boxes needed to be sent to children across the world who won’t, otherwise, get a Christmas present.Civic Carol Service Performance. A carol service for the community featuring Enter students past and present.
Santa’s Magical Experience.
The super sixth instalment of our annual Santa’s Magical Experience. Children come with families to experience a performance, and an interactive tour of Santa’s Workshop and see Santa. Each child gets a present that fits their needs and Santa even speaks to them personally (as parents send on the child’s ‘good/naughty’ status as well as the wonderful things they may have done for the family and any hopes and dreams they have).
The Wind Road Boys – Care Homes Tour.
Enter CIC takes its iconic musical on a tour of local care homes. It is received with great enthusiasm and sparks more than a memory or two among the uplifted audience. Another initiative to combat loneliness, a sense of isolation and disengagement.
Easter Mary Poppins.
A sell out pair of productions with two casts! The Banks’ are visited by a wonderful, magical nanny who makes everything topsy turvy for a while, before righting it all in its own way for the betterment of the whole family. Lots of excitement and super songs had the audience foot-tapping all the way through – even through the bows and standing ovation.
MTI: Mary Poppins.
Well-rehearsed, we took extracts of our production to Leicester’s Curve Theatre alongside thousands of other children performers from around the world. We won two First place prizes. National Winners: Outstanding Production, and National Winners Outstanding Female Performance.
Summer School – Hairspray.
This hip, swinging sixties themed musical is a non-stop, bop-fest and was a great winner for our sell out audiences of parents and the local community. Our younger performers had a wonderful week and a fantastic show!
Home Fires – Trimdon Festival.
We took our now-established and community-favourite production, Home Fires to a full house at Trimdon Festival. There was laughter, tears and a special standing ovation led by the Mayor of the town.
Over the Wire – Heritage.
We performed extracts of a new work, Honoured, created for the commemoration of World War One. We worked with 10,000 school children across Hartlepool and took a great many, with our own students, to the gigantic Borough Hall on the Headland in Hartlepool. Over two nights and two full to the rafters performances, we brought a sense of pride in the children of Hartlepool; the sacrifices made by their community 100 years ago during the Bombing of the Hartlepools. There was not a dry eye in the house and there was a lengthy standing ovation on both nights.
We worked with 15 schools and hundreds of primary school children to create a final piece incorporating thousands of people in local services, military organisations, museums, artists and serving and veteran military personnel.
Civic Carol Service Performance.
Enter young people were invited to be special guests of the Mayor of Ferryhill to perform renditions of their original works as well as a few Christmas Carols for the community to sing along. Enter was supported by other community groups.
Olde Time Yuletide.
Gaiety Event for Christmas for the over 60s, which included a live brass band from Durham University, lots of Christmas singalongs and fun for all. Christmas treats in the form of food and refreshments went down very well and there was even a little dancing!
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