This Friday Balsall Common Parish Council and Balsall Common Lions Club will be bringing Santa to the village to switch on our Christmas lights with Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson. A choir from Balsall Common Primary School will be singing. The fun starts at 3.30 outside Barclays Bank, with the light switch-on at 4pm.
Don’t forget to check out the new edition of the Bugle with details of all Santa’s routes around the village in the run up to Christmas.
Our local Marie Curie Fundraising Group will be doing their Christmas collection between 9am and 3pm on Saturday. Look out for them by the Co-op, One Stop and Tesco.
Balsall Common Lions Club still have a few tickets for their Briefcase Blues Brothers Xmas Special on Saturday 10 December at the Heart of England School. Tickets £15.00 (includes Hot Supper).
“A big sigh of relief!” was how Balsall Common’s Karl Loxley described the outpouring of love for pre-release copies of his epic debut album recorded in Glasgow with a full 42 piece orchestra. The album has already received widespread acclaim despite not being available on general release until February 2016.
“A lot of money went into that album” said Karl as he discussed an exhilarating 2015 with us.
“It [the album] wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for all the people who pre-ordered.”
Karl’s debut album was self-produced using crowdfunding, an increasingly accepted industry approach to recording and publishing music.
“A lot of people who followed me on The Voice asked when I was going to record an album and people in the music industry recommended Crowdfunding. There was lots of people out there using it successfully like Michael Bolton and Paul Potts.”
Everything I Am
Karl’s album “Everything I Am”, is named after the song he co-wrote with fellow former Heart of England School pupil Ian Todd. The entire album was recorded in full in Scotland with the Glasgow Philarmonia Orchestra.
“It took a lot of planning. It’s been a lot fun, it’s something I’ve been planning all summer. To do an album on this scale you’ve got to plan ahead, it’s not just a day in the studio and then it’s all done. It’s such a lot of preparation on doing it.”
Karl’s album goes on general release in February 2016 but pre-orders via Pledge Music are still possible until Monday 30th November 2015.
See Karl live at the Albany Theatre – Friday 27th November 2015
For anyone wishing to see Karl live, it’s currently possible to grab last-minute tickets for his “Christmas with Karl” show this Friday (27th November) at Coventry’s Albany Theatre (also known as The Butts Theatre) via albanytheatre.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 02476 998964.
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For those lucky enough to catch Crescendo performing on the Main Stage at the Balsall Common Festival in September, they will know what a supremely talented vocal group this is.
Crescendo is a vocal harmony group conceived and managed by Anya Small, the leader of Balsall Common’s Pop Chorus adult and junior groups. The group also includes former Heart of England School pupil Ian Page.
Established in 2014, their debut production was at Solihull’s Dove House Theatre and the group is already winning rave reviews wherever they go. The group perform a broad array of music together, predominantly but not exclusively from the muscial theatre canon. Crescendo put on a great show and left Balsall Common Festival-goers with goosebumps with their wide repertoire of powerful harmonies.
Crescendo’s next production will be at the Palace Theatre in Redditch on Friday 23rd October:
On Saturday 13 June there will be a 1940s night at the British Legion. From 7.30 till late you can dance the night away and it’s all in a good cause. The night will raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
In addition to the evening event, everyone is welcome to come and sample 1940s music, tea and cakes on sale at the British Legion during the afternoon.
There will also be a team of beauty therapists available that afternoon to provide 1940s hair styling and make-up for a reasonable donation. An ideal opportunity for ladies attending the evening event to look the part.
A new venture, Berkswell Vintage, has organised a fantastic afternoon to treat your mum on Mother’s Day.
If your mum would enjoy scrumptious homemade cake and the nostalgia of vintage stands head to Berkswell Reading Rooms between 1 and 4pm on 15 March.
There will be afternoon tea with cakes made by the cake makers of the Balsall Common Country Market and organisers are combining them with a vintage inspired market.
The market stalls will have vintage clothes and things for the home.
Berkswell Vintage will be regular fixture at the Reading Rooms, and after the 15 March, the next one will be on 29 March. From then on the intention is to settle into the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
If you have any questions or would like more details of stall holders and dates of future afternoons please like Berkswell Vintage on Facebook or email email@example.com.