What's it all about

‘Secret Singers’ is all about harmony singing groups and is aimed particularly, though not exclusively, at those people who love to sing but usually sing in secret such as in the bath or shower, in the car or whilst doing the vacuuming – especially when no-one is around!

People have lots of reasons for singing secretly but the same stories crop up time and time again:

  • I can’t sing
  • The teacher told me to mime at hymn practice
  • I am an embarrassment to my family when I try to sing
  • Even my children tell me to stop
  • I couldn’t join a choir because I don’t read music
  • I don’t know what kind of voice I have so I would be uncomfortable joining a choir

However, so often these comments are accompanied by a heartfelt wish to be able to sing and join in with others. If that sounds familiar to you, this is where ‘Secret Singers’ comes in.

Let me reassure you. I work according to the principles of the Natural Voice Network and believe that singing is everyone’s birthright and that this natural form of expression should not be denied to anyone.

If you can talk, you can sing

At Secret Singers all music is taught by ear and people are free to choose which part they would like to sing and even try singing different parts in different songs. The atmosphere is totally inclusive and supportive. Everyone is welcome, whether or not they have had any previous singing experience. Everybody is welcome to join, there are no auditions and you chose when and whether you join in a performance. Most of the singing is just for us.

The objectives are to have fun singing with others, to learn to use your voice freely and confidently and to feel the joy of being part a bigger sound – being part of the harmony.

The songs are chosen to  be accessible to all. They may be folk songs, pop songs , world music or from a vast repertoire of song specifically written and arranged for community choirs.  I therefore do not chose, big classical works, religious pieces (except for some carols :)), campaigning songs, or songs which may offend anyone on the basis of their belief- well I do my best anyway! I generally aim for fun, harmony and inclusion, though we do have some quite moving and thought provoking songs in the mix.

Think of it as rhythms and harmonies to ROCK your world, POPular songs of many eras and cultures going back even as far as those now thought of as folk and songs with lyrics to touch your SOUL

There has been a lot of research showing that singing is good for our general well-being and the best activity that you can take up for making friends

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Meet Olwyn

I have been a lifelong singer, enjoying many genres of singing and having masses of fun and challenges along the way. I was an Occupational Therapist for 25 years and firmly believe that well chosen activity is very beneficial to our health and well-being.

My musical training has continued on alongside my health professional career and I am now lucky enough to be able to devote myself full-time to music and aim to open the door on singing for as many people as possible.

As well as the 4 groups of Secret Singers, I am Director of The Readstone Singers (a more formal women’s’ choir) and the East Lancs Carers Chorus.

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