August 4, 2011

Our First ‘Big Sing’

Saturday 8th July saw a fantastic event at Burwain Sailing club in Foulridge. Secret Singers had their first massed classes party and sing. All four classes were represented- even Marple (thanks to Clare for making the effort to come all that way) and the newest class in Clitheroe also made a good showing. We had a beautiful balmy evening with the sun low over the lake and took the opportunity to do the warm-ups outside on the jetty,to the puzzlement of the nearby fishermen! When we got too chilly we …

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July 27, 2011

Olwyn Abseils 177ft for MacMillan Cancer Care

Following Sing for Water I visited Newport for the weekend and took part in an abseiling event for MacMillan Cancer Care. About 50 people abseiled from the top of Newport’s Transporter Bridge It was great fun and we had a fabulous day for it and were able to see for miles whilst waiting for our turn at the top. I spent most of my waiting time thinking up a good song for the trip down- I came up with Puppet on a String and sang it at the top of my voice all the way down!
You may notice that I was wearing my Secret Singers, Sing for Water North t-shirt for the event, I was thinking of you all.

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July 18, 2011

Sing For Water North 2011

Well, we did it! We learned all the songs and we participated in a massed sing of over 300 voices! What a great day we had. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the morning workshop inside Manchester town hall and then the sun came out for us to have our lunch in the square – including birthday cake! The weather kept fine throughout the afternoon, although it was a bit windy which spoiled the recording a little. There are recordings on youtube which are great to see to get an …

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April 27, 2011

Secret Singer Tours America!

Yes folks, I am touring in America with a choir! Of course, it is a secret singing mission and I am in disguise as a guest member of the Amici singers from Bedfordshire. We have been staying with very kind American hosts and singing concerts and little impromptu bursts as we go. We spent a rainy day in Washington looking at all the memorials through the rainy windows of the tour bus and ende the day with a concert at Christian Community Presbyterian Church in Bowie. They were very welcoming …

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April 5, 2011

The New Day-Time Class will be in Clitheroe!

Arrangements for the new class have now been made and it will start on Thursday 5th May at 10.30am – 12pm. We will use the Pendle Room at the United Reformed Church on Moor Lane and the cost is £5 per session. The format will be the same as the other classes and we will start by learning the songs for the Sing for Water event. It doesn’t matter whether you wish to attend the event or not, the songs are lovely and not difficult to learn. Those who wish …

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March 30, 2011

New Day-Time Class

I am in the process of setting up a new day-time class, in Clitheroe. I was thinking that we should get even more people involved in Sing For Water (see other posts) and a new venue and time might be a good way of doing that. It will still be an open access Secret Singers class but we will start with the songs for the Sing for Water event. I am currently looking for a suitable room and the class will hopefully be on a Wednesday or Thursday morning 10.30am …

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March 29, 2011

Easter Arrangements

Over Easter I am going on tour with a Ladies choir from Biggleswade, The Amici Singers. The tour is to Pennsylvania and Maryland, USA for 10 days and I am very excited about it! This will mean that unfortunately, there will be no Secret Singers classes from Thursday 22nd April – Monday 1st May inclusive. So have a lovely break and I will see you on my return.

March 29, 2011

Secret Singers Feedback

I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who has taken the time to complete a feedback form for me. It is really helpful to know what you think. If you would still like to send in a form that would be great. Thankfully the results are positive so far with lots of lovely comments about the classes, the teaching, the venues and the songs. Some people were wanting some more well known modern songs and I am on the lookout for unaccompanied arrangements that are within the …

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March 23, 2011

Changes at Secret Singers: Burwain Sailing Club

We are having to make a change at the Secret singers group held at Burwain Sailing Club. The committee have asked if they can reclaim the clubhouse for their monthly meeting on the first Monday of the month. They have tried moving to a Tuesday but changing the long held tradition of monthly Monday meeting has proved very difficult. As I don’t have another evening available to move the class to, we have decided to skip the class on committee meeting day and all members are invited to join either …

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March 9, 2011

Sing for Water, first workshop report

Last Sunday (6th March) I went to Manchester with Hazel and Maureen from the Nelson Secret singers group. We attended the first of the song learning workshops for the Sing for Water North event. We had a very uplifting day learning the 6 songs and were heartened by the fact that the £15 we each paid will provide clean safe water for 1 person for a year! So we have done something very positive already. I now have the music and the sound files for all the songs and we …

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