The best things in life happen when you least expect them. Nat´s husband has just said the six words no one wants to hear - ´I don´t love you any more´. Caroline´s estranged mother has to move into her house, turning her perfectly ordered world upside down. Living on the same street, these two women couldn´t be more different. Until the beloved local community centre is threatened with closure. And when the only way to save it is to form a community choir - none of the Hope Street residents, least of all Nat and Caroline, expect the results.... This spring, hope is coming! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Racine, Ellie Heydon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002837de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely when we need it most!´´ As England enters World War II´s dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar´s stuffy edict to shutter the church´s choir in the absence of men and instead carry on singing. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies´ Choir, the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves and the community as the war tears through their lives. Told through letters and journals, The Chilbury Ladies´ Choir moves seamlessly from budding romances to village intrigues to heartbreaking matters of life and death. As we come to know the struggles of the charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit - a timid widow worried over her son at the front, the town beauty drawn to a rakish artist, her younger sister nursing an impossible crush and dabbling in politics she doesn´t understand, a young Jewish refugee hiding secrets about her family, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past - we come to see how the strength each finds in the choir´s collective voice reverberates in her individual life. In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the home front, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict. This audiobook includes popular versions of classical music sung by women´s choirs, including the songs ´´Abide with Me´´ and ´´All Creatures´´, ´´Ave Maria´´, and ´´The Lord´s My Shepherd´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabrielle Glaister, Laura Kirman, Imogen Wilde, Adjoa Andoh, Tom Clegg, Mike Grady. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004935de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Featuring specially-recorded choral music! The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes. This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out. Kent, 1940. The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar´s closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when spirited music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies´ Choir, the women use their song and unity to embolden the community as the war tears through their lives. Dependable Mrs Tilling sees the choir as a chance to finally put herself first and a welcome distraction from thoughts of her son fighting on the front line. For Kitty Winthrop, the precocious youngest daughter of Chilbury Manor, singing is the only way to outshine her glamorous sister Venetia, who isn´t letting the war ruin her plan to make every bachelor in the county fall in love with her. Meanwhile, when midwife Edwina Paltry is presented with a dastardly job which she´s convinced will make her rich, she will have to misuse more than the trust of the choir´s women to carry out her scheme - and nothing is going to stop her. Filled with intrigue, humour and touching warmth, and set against the devastating backdrop of the Second World War, this is a lively and big-hearted novel told through the voices of four very different but equally vibrant characters who will win you over as much with their mischief as with their charm. Choral music sung by Mums N´ Roses, with musical direction by Craig Hudson 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabrielle Glaister, Imogen Wilde, Laura Kirman, Adjoa Andoh, Tom Clegg, Mike Grady. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002754de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
River Rather Than a Road:The Community Choir as Spiritual Experience Sarah Morgan
One of the most popular of Hardy´s novels, this charming pastoral idyll is a lightly humorous depiction of life in an early Victorian rural community. Drawn from Hardy´s childhood memories, it represents, he said, ´´a true picture at first hand of the personages, ways, and customs which were common in the villages.´´ The story delicately balances the concerns of the Mellstock parish choir with a romance between Dick Dewy, a member of the choir, and Fancy Day, the village schoolmistress. While the choir battles for its survival against the new vicar´s mechanical church organ, personal conflicts arise over the anachronistic customs of tradition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002072de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.