I have set the dates right through from September 2017- July 18 and they are much easier to follow on a calendar but in the meantime……. We will start with a single week@£3 for a Warm up, Sing up and Sign up on week beginning 4th September Week beg. 11th Sept is week one Week beg 23rd Oct Is holiday week Week beg. 30th Oct is week one (fees week) Week beg .4thDec is week six Week beg 11th Dec is an extra week @£5 prior to Busking and Big …

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June 20, 2017

The Summer Big Sing

On Saturday 1st July we will be holding our end of term bash the Summer Big Sing. As usual we will be holding it at Burwain Sailing Club near Colne BB8 7 LJ and starting at 7.30pm Admission will be £5 though non singing guests are free. Everyone is asked to bring a contribution to the buffet (you don’t have to feed everyone!) and it is usually marvellous! There is a cash bar at very reasonable prices run by the marvellous Richard W. Then we will sing everything we can …

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We had a super day in Accrington for Sing for Water on June 10th. 150 singers came and we raised £2500 for Water Aid. When you consider that Water Aid say that every £15 gives one person fresh water and sanitation FOR LIFE! This means that in one happy day of singing with singers from choirs across the north west we changed the life of 166 people for ever! Well done everybody. Sing for Water as a whole has raised over £1 million since its inception. Just think what changed …

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The summer term has got underway very well and we are working on songs for the Sing for Water event in Accrington on 10th June The Street Choirs Festival in Kendal on 23-25th June and our own BIG SUMMER SING  at Burwain Sailing club on Saturday 1st July at 7.30pm There will be no half term break this term as there is so much to fit in  which means that wwe will continue straight through to the Big Sing and then break for the summer until week beginning 5th Sept …

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This morning a channel 4 documentary film making crew came to Todmorden Secret Singers to film us as a background to interviewing one of the members as part of their ‘Fifty Shades of Gay’ project. Rupert Everett was charming and joined in the session right  through from the warm ups to learning the alto part of ‘I am woman’. It was quite a fun morning and the women sounded great, I am very proud of them. The documentary is due to go out in July sometime. Well done Todmorden Secret …

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I am going on holiday at the end of this week, 8th April but there are a couple of exciting things happening in the run up to that. (holiday dates at the end of this post) On Wednesday the Todmorden group will be visited by a film crew who are making a documentary and are interviewing one of the group in relation to this whilst she is at choir- the interviewer is Rupert Everett- So that will be a bit different! On Thursday the Carer’s Chorus are going to be …

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February 8, 2017

Diary dates

Here are the diary dates up until the summer break No classes during the weeks beginning 27th Feb 10th April (and no class in Nelson on 6th April) 17th April 5th June Events booked so far are 6th April Carers Chorus sing at Manchester Cathreal 10th June Sing for Water Accrington  (there will not be a Manchester event this year, so East Lancs are stepping up) 12th July last class of the season and before the s   23rd- 25th June Kendal Steet Choirs festival July 12th is the last class …

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January 22, 2017

A Great First Week of Term

What a happy first week of term we have just had! It has been lovely to see the members again and some returning members too. It was particularly nice to be able to welcome quite a few people who were giving Secret Singers a try for the first time this week.                                                                  You are all so welcome!     …

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January 22, 2017

Street Choirs Festival 2017

Here is the information about the Street choirs festival 2017. There will be a Secret Singers groupattending and this is the time to sign up. I need your sign up and payment before 10th Feb, at the latest. I will also want to know if you wish to participate in a group accommodation booking. KENDAL STREET CHOIRS FESTIVAL – JUNE 23-25, 2017 The Kendal street choirs festival will be June 23-25, 2017 – the main events will be in the Kendal Leisure Centre hall which seats 900 – the busking, …

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January 4, 2017

The New Term

….and so the new term is about to begin, the new program of songs is prepared and song files are in the members area of the website. Firstly,I am off for a holiday and then to the Annual Gathering of Natural Voice Song Leaders for my annual uplift. As always I am looking forward to seeing you all again and sharing these songs with you all. I hope that we will get new members joining too. This is a great time to step in- please bring your friends (and neighbours …

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We have had a good season and I wanted to remind you of the charities we have helped. I am sending a donation of £325 to Medecins Sans Frontieres which is made up of £100 fee from Gordon Riggs, £102 collected from Busking in Burnley and Gordon Riggs and the rest as my pledge to give half of the takings (after rent) from the Todmorden group this last half term -£123. The collectors for Pendleside Hospice in Marks and Spencer’s said that they really mopped up whilst we were singing …

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December 9, 2016

We made a difference!

The Carers’ Chorus, with some help from their associates in Secret Singers, busked at Tesco in Burnley and £400 was collected for Carers Link! what a worthwhile afternoon. Well done and thanks to all who participated- it was fun too! They also sang at Great Harwood Medical Centre during a Christmas Fair at Which over £500 was raised for a project they are doing in memory of Dr Grayson Secret Singers will be busking in Burnley’s Charter Walk shopping centre on Saturday 17th Dec from 11am and at Gordon Riggs …

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Dear Singers and Friends, there are lots of things to get involved with in the next few weeks and here is the list. Please let me know what you are attending so that I can check that we have the right number of singers for the parts. Thanks Wednesday 30th November, the Carers’ Chorus are singing at Great Harwood Medical Centre, Water st BB6 7QR. We could really use a few extra singers so please let me know if you can help. We will meet at 1.30 for warm-up and …

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October 11, 2016

Half Term Break

Secret Singers Choirs will be taking a half term break on the following dates; Marple and Read 25th Oct Todmorden 26th Oct Nelson  27th Oct

On Thursday 29th September  the Carers’ Chorus will be singing at an event in Blackburn Cathedral which is a celebration of projects and activities which are promoting and improving the health and well-being of the people of Burnley Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Blackburn with Darwen. The event starts at 10am and continues all day. The choir will be singing at 11.40 and some secret singers have been drafted in to lend a hand too. The program is attached here, come along and give us your support. small-plhealthfest16brochure

September 16, 2016

New Term

Well that is the first week of term done! It was so wonderful to see everyone again and to make a start on this term’s songs. What a joy. All the the groups are now running- Read , Marple, Todmorden and Nelson (and the East Lancs Carer’ Chorus) and new members are most welcome at all of them. Don’t be shy, just come along and get your free trial session.

Well the Summer Big Sing went really well as usual with great company, a wonderful atmosphere, lovely food and some fabulous singing. A great way to finish the season. The new season will start in the week beginning 12th September and I look forward to seeing all the old members again and to welcoming anyone else who would like to give it a go. If you have queries about joining, I am happy to speak to you on the phone at any time but be aware that I may be abroad. …

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July 9, 2016

Group email lists

Dear Secret Singers, I have just had to have my computer repaired and in the process my group email lists disappeared!! They have been restored but only to where they were about 18 months ago. I have done my best to recreate the full list but I fear that some people will have been missed. if you have not had a message from me dated 09.07.2016 then you have fallen off the list and wont get information on class dates or workshop or performance opportunities. If you see this and …

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We had a fantastic day Singing for Water in Albert Sq Manchester yesterday .The weather was a bit challenging and with a spell of heavy downpour resulting in us all (300!) squashing in to a back corridor of the town hall for a fabulous rehearsal in a most amazing acoustic- that was a magical bonus. As we started we had raised £6892 for Water Aid this year, which means fresh water and sanitation for life for 460 people. I have received a message to say that Linda and Anna have …

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May 8, 2016

Spring Break

Wonderful as it is singing with all you lovely people each week I am planning to take a week off during the spring bank holiday week so there will be no class in Marple or Read on Tuesday 31st May Todmorden on Wednesday 1st June Neslon on Thursday 2nd June however, all classes will be back on the following week as usual and I look forward to seeing you all  there (and your friends, neighbours, cousins etc too of course!)