May 6, 2012

The Summer Big Sing

I have now confirmed the date and venue for the Summer Big Sing! For those of you who have not been with us for very long here is the deal… All Secret Singers- that is from all 4 groups, (and their significant others) are  invited to the Secret Singers Summer Social Evening Also known as – THE SUMMER BIG SING it will take place on Saturday 21st July from 7.30pm – 11pm (ish) at Burwain Sailing Club Foulridge, Colne BB8 7LJ (see website for directions www.burwain.co.uk) Everyone brings something to …

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March 7, 2012

Update on singing for people with Dementia

Just to update you, the singing group for people with dementia and their carers, funded through Crossroads Care was thrown out of Moorhouses Brewery for being too disruptive to everyday business and a new venue had to be found. With the help of local press coverage many offers of premises were made and the group now has a new base at Rosegrove Unity Working Men’s Club. The really good bit is that it is a much larger room and we are able to accommodate even more people in the group and be …

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March 1, 2012

Dates for your Diary

There are several dates here for events you may wish to participate in. We have been invited to to sets at 2 venues on Jubilee day, Monday 4th June one in Chatburn and one in Read- so that is pretty much a tour! Friday 1st june – We have been asked to sing at a Jubilee Garden Party in Burnley for Carer’s Link for 30 mins in this afternoon. I have said it will depend on whether we can get a team together for these so it would be helpful …

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March 1, 2012

Easter Break

Easter break- I will be away over Easter so there are changes in early April as follows Read- no class tues 11th starts again 17th April Nelson and Clitheroe- no class 5th and 12th starts again 19th April Marple last class of term 20th March restart 17th April

February 20, 2012

Workshop in Bury with Brendan Taafe

On Saturday 18th Feb 12 Secret Singers (from all the classes) participated in a day long workshop which was hosted by the Bury Acappeelas. It was lead by an american chap called Brendan Taafe. It was a super day with an interesting mix of gospel, bluegrass, zimbabwain and folk songs. We learned some interesting new warmups too- which I will definitely be bringing to class! It was lovely to sing in a big group with new people and also nice for Secret Singers to meet there other class counterparts. A …

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February 12, 2012

The Clitheroe Class is to Reopen!

It is fantastic news that we now have enough people on the list to reopen the Clitheroe Class!. I said that I would reopen when we had at least 12 on the list and on the basis that everyone pays for a block of 6 classes up front- although I am only charging for 5 (£25). Well we are there! We will have some old faces (I mean people who have been before!) and some new ones and we start on Thursday 23rd Feb for six weeks. Same time and …

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February 12, 2012

Sally Naden Show

On Thursday 2nd Feb one of our Nelson Secret Singers, Trish Thompson, was a guest on The Sally Naden Show on behalf of Secret Singers. She was supported by Tommy, Bonnie, Noreen and I in the audience and Sally also came out in among us with the radio mic to get comment from us too. Trish was terrific and overcame her nerves really well- although her face was a picture when the first thing Sally asked her was to sing! We sang as a bunch in fact which was fine. …

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January 17, 2012

‘Getting Together’,singing group for people with dementia and their carers

I have become involved with doing singing for people with Dementia and have been funded by Crossroads Care to run weekly singing groups, with my friend Janet Swan, from  MondayFeb 6th to April 2nd. We will be using the new conference facilities at Moorhouse’s Brewery on Accrington Rd in Burnley. Singing is great for everyone but for people with dementia it has been found to be particularly beneficial in opening up the voice and bringing back memories. The group is designed to be a social afternoon for carers and cared …

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January 17, 2012

Olwyn on Radio Lancsahire

Here I am with the lovely Ted Robbins after talking and singing with him this morning (Tuesday 17th Jan 2012) on his programme on Radio Lancashire. It was a great opportunity to spread the word about Secret Singers and how wonderful singing with others makes you feel and we even had Ted and the team singing together.

December 19, 2011

Success at the Christmas Tree Festival

On Saturday 17th Dec 20 Secret Singers gathered at United Reformed Church Clitheroe and sang our Christmas set. It was really good fun and we repeated the exercise after lunch with a slightly different team. Our flash mob style entry was interesting and certainly took the gathering by surprise! I was so proud of everyone. The church’s representatives were very grateful for our input and the enthusiasm and evident enjoyment was brilliant to see and hear. Well done!! (team photo to follow)