It is with great sadness that I tell you of the death of Jeanne Mitchell.
Jeanne worked so hard for our Club; always giving of her time and efforts whenever they were required.
She was our Chairman in the past and also organised the Social Events for many years, creating lots of happy and varied functions for the members and their guests to enjoy!
She was always willing and happy to sing for us on our Monday Night Shows. She was a true stalwart member and greatly loved by us all!
We will certainly miss her and we will raise a glass or 2 or 3 or maybe more to her when we return to our Club!!!!!!
Thank you dear Jeanne for all that you have done for us at the CAA.
RIP Lovely Lady.
JOANE HALL 28th February 1921 – 8th May 2020
Joane was a remarkable lady who was blessed with a great sense of humour, stamina and a zest for life. She was born in Newcastle and joked that she danced her way out of her mother’s womb!
At the age of 14 in 1935 she left home to appear in a pantomime troupe – The Zio Angels. During the Second World War she joined ENSA and entertained our troops overseas including a tour of Africa.
Joane recounted many stories at the CAA about her wartime escapades. One memory she shared was being allocated a cabin en route to Africa with a nun. Apparently Joane had her eye on a handsome sailor but the Nun’s party on board were closely chaperoned, which made any nocturnal liaison Joane had in mind impossible!
During and just after the war Joane worked in theatre as an actress and dancer. Between engagements she had a variety of jobs including working in an ammunition factory, Civil Nursing Reserves and a waitress in an Italian restaurant.
She was a dresser at the London Palladium for numerous stars. Indeed Frank Sinatra insisted on Joane as his dresser whenever he played the Palladium. Joane’s TV appearances as an actress included ‘The Bill’ and ‘Father Ted.’ She also played Vera in the television drama ‘Pat and Margaret’ written by Victoria Wood.
When ‘Cats’ went to Broadway in 1982, the show’s choreographer Gillian Lynne asked Joane to accompany her as her assistant and friend. In 1988 she became Queen Ratling with CAA stalwart Roy Pyke as her escort. Although Joane never married, she says she had received 28 proposals of marriage and was actually engaged at one time to a lion tamer.
She was a great friend of Roy and Debbie Hudd who even named their dogs after her. Dean Caston says how delighted he was when she agreed to do ‘An Evening With Joane Hall’ in March 2017 at the CAA for one of the BMHS Limelight series. Dean visited Joane at her flat in Charing Cross Road several times and was enthralled by her stories.
Sadly Joane was eventually unable to look after herself in her flat, so in early 2019 she moved into a retirement home where she passed away aged 99. Her funeral service at Golders Green Crematorium could only host 8 people because of the covid 19 crisis.
Joane had so many friends who adored her and she was always so popular on her frequent trips to the CAA. The club intend to organise a special memorial celebration of her life next year to mark her centenary.
Roy’s wife Debbie has been in touch regarding Roy’s funeral and Memorial Service arrangements. The funeral will take place on the 3rd April but, due to the Coronavirus, the service will be held outside the church and with close family only.
Debbie has booked the Actor’s Church in Covent Garden on the 25th September for a Memorial Service. Let’s hope that by then things will have started to get back to ‘normal’ as so many of you will want to attend.
Please check back to this website for updates.
FURTHER URGENT UPDATE from YOUR CHAIRMAN!
Dear Self Employed “A” members,
In these unprecedented times I hope the Club can come to your rescue in some small way.
” The Benevolent Fund of the Concert Artistes Association is established for the relief of distress of “A” Members or their dependents in necessitous circumstances. “
So the Trustees of the Benevolent Fund are ready to take your calls. All confidentially. Call
Barbara Daniels. 01923 771030. Head Trustee. or email
Our professional B members who are also self employed in Show business. We have our Samaritan Fund that may be able to help in some way. Please call myself, Kay Carman, on
0207 254 6074. email
We hope of course that the Government may come up with a package to help all of those in our Business as they have with other people, but until they do we also have the 2 funds of our Club that will help our members. All in confidence.
Don’t be down hearted! Your CAA. is here to help!
Love from Kay!
Onwards & Upwards!! Be positive!!!
DAVID CARTER’S FUNERAL SERVICE
David’s funeral took place on Monday 23rd March in West Sussex. His partner Paul has decided to defer the date of David’s Celebration Service at St. Peter’s Croydon until a time when everyone is more comfortable about travelling and being around others. He is sure everyone will understand that when times are happier and safer, we can all get together to give David the final send-off he deserves, celebrating his life and music.
Meanwhile you can still make a donation in David’s memory. Donations will go to ‘Future Talent’ – the UK’s leading charity who help young gifted musicians, providing tuition, and performance opportunities that they would otherwise never experience. Donations can be sent to Alex Jones Funeral Directors, 92 Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0QA
IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING THE CLUB’S FUTURE CATERING ARRANGEMENTS...
UPDATE: This franchise has now been appointed.
The club’s catering franchise is due for renewal this spring. Sally has indicated that she does not intend to tender for the franchise and therefore will not be catering for us after March 31st.
The following announcement and advert has been placed in Catering Magazines – any members who may have an interest, please contact the office.
The Concert Artistes’ Association (CAA) Covent Garden London
The Concert Artistes’ Association, is a theatrical private members club in the heart of Covent Garden with 1,000 members.
The club has a brand-new commercial kitchen which it would like to rent. The successful business would supply:
Lunchtime bar meals and dinners for both club events and outside hirers of the hall.
There would also be scope for developing an outside catering operation to the many businesses located in the area from the kitchen.
To register interest and to provide details about your company and experience contact:
The Club Secretary Malcolm Knight Tel: 020 7836 3172 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Bedford Street London WC2E 9HP
This page has been updated a number of times and is always updated with the latest information before any change. Any significant changes will show on this website before they are scheduled to take effect…
PLEASE NOTE THE CLUB BAR IS CURRENTLY CLOSED ON SATURDAYS!…
A good number of members had suggested that they would appreciate the club being open on Saturday evenings.
Many attend Saturday matinees or evening performances in town and would like to drop in for a drink, either after or before shows. In response to these requests the committee decided to give it a trial with a once a month Saturday opening.
The bar will open to members and their guests from 5pm to 11.15pm.
Extra staff costs are involved and to offset this we will be asking for a £5 admission fee for guests (obviously members are free.)
With our great value for money bar we are sure that £5 will prove a good investment for your friends!
Judith Quiney asks;
I wonder if any of our members worked with Winifred Atwell and would be prepared to share memories.
I have a friend working on a project about her. In the first instance, please contact me.