Today saw the official launch of Andover Musical & Operatic Society, with an open day at The Lights theatre in Andover.
The day began with a warm-up workshop led by our resident Director/Choreographer Claire Nias, who helped to break the ice with some fun challenges which resulted in all the attendees getting to know each other with a few giggles along the way.
Singing Coach Lisa Faye then took over to do some vocal exercises before teaching the song "One Short Day" from the hit musical Wicked. Lisa worked with the whole group to teach the harmonies, and encouraged everyone to think about projection and pronunciation.
Local MP Sir George Young, popped in to lend his support as a long standing patron of the group.
Sir George was taken round the workshops by Sue Parker, the acting chairman of AMTC, and met some of those who were organising the sessions. he said “I very much enjoyed looking in at the Singing in Harmony session, and was delighted to find that a number of people were thinking of joining the AMTC and taking part in its high quality productions”.
The Mayor of Test Valley, Counsellor Zilliah Brooks joined us at our mini-concert to officially launch our new name and to celebrate our newly awarded charity status.
We can now confirm that the Charities Commission as awarded us with charity status as of Tuesday 13th September 2011.
Following the announcement at our EGM in July, our committee spent most of August filling in forms and signing documents for our application. We are absolutely thrilled that our hard work has paid off. Being a charity will bring several benefits to Andover Musical Theatre Company as well as a financial saving of about £2500 per year thanks to discounts on things like advertising and the ability to reclaim VAT. In addition we can claim Gift Aid on all donations made to the society including fees paid by both our members and friends. Best of all we can officially collect monies for ourselves using collection buckets giving us the opportunity to raise funds for our future development.
Our President Sue Parker will be officially launching our new name and charity status at our FREE concert on Saturday 17th September, 4pm at The Lights, Andover, where we will welcome the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Zillia Brooks and local MP Sir George Young.
Entry to the concert is completely FREE however tickets are on a first come first served basis so we advise early arrival.