April 19, 2013

Lovely article in the Marple Review

Recently Avril Marsh of the Marple Review visit our Marple group and wrote this lovely article about us. she gave her permission for me to reproduce it here. Singing is a universal response to life’s ups and downs, a gift that multiplies when shared.  While it may transcend barriers of culture, creed and language, there are nonetheless some who feel left out when the music begins. People who believe they can’t sing maintain a stoic silence rather than risk revealing a tuneless squawk. Only in the privacy of car or …

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March 31, 2013

Easter Break

We have had a super time since Christmas, have learned some great songs and made a start on the songs for this year’s Sing for Water. I am now having a break of 2weeks over Easter and will get back into gear in the week beginning 15th April. I look forward to seeing members old and new then as we prepare for sing for Water and our summer Bid Sing. Have a lovely break and pray for some sunshine!! Olwyn x

February 8, 2013

Sing for Water North 2013

It has come to that time of year for us to think about Sing For Water North and  Secret Singers will definitely participate again this year. I am even going to conduct one of the songs on the day, which will be a thrill! It is a truly marvellous event of massed choirs from across the North raising money for Water Aid and saving hundreds of lives. Below is the missive from Jules Gibb (one of the main organisers) and includes all the details. Please let me know ASAP if you want …

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December 7, 2012

Secret Singers at Dent Folk Carolling Weekend

The first weekend of December and it was bright and frosty, a perfect setting for singing carols! 11 Secret Singers went to the weekend and all four Secret Singer groups were represented. Together we sang Masters in the Hall at the Saturday night entertainment,  which was a bit risky as we had not sung together as a group before, except at the teabreak- however the work we had done in the separate classes paid off and you can see the result via this youtube link www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU9YoISR9hM A big thank you to David …

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November 24, 2012

See us Sing in Public in December!

Some Secret Singers will be coming out to sing in public at 3 events in December! The first is at Burnley Library Sunday 2nd Dec at 4pm- ‘A Dickens of a Do’ Entrance is just 1p!! Is is an event put on by the library service in memory of Dickens’s 200th birthday.Several groups will be performing. All are welcome Then on 12th Dec, Wednesday,  we will be singing at an event at the Heritage Centre in Barrowford at 3pm And finally at 12 midday on Saturday 15 th December we will be singing …

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November 5, 2012

Happy Birthday!

This week is Secret Singers’ 2nd birthday. It is wonderful that from such a small beginning we now have 4 super groups, 2 daytime and 2 evening and 116 active members! To celebrate this event there will be cake at all of this week’s sessions– even those who haven’t been going for the 2 years. So make sure you are there for this party week. I can hardly believe that it is 2 years yet, at the same time, my previous life seems so far away. I have met such great people …

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October 25, 2012

A new Secret Singers Group Starts in Todmorden

In a wonderfully surprising development we suddenly have a new Secret Singers group. Aspen and Chris who previously came tot he Clitheroe group were very disappointed when we could not get enough people to continue there and set about finding more people to sing during the day. They said we have 15 people and a venue in Todmorden- will you come? And so , brilliantly we started on Wednesday 24th Oct at the Fielden Centre in Todmorden. It is a really lovely hall, easy to find, warm, light, level and …

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October 25, 2012

The Joy of the Bethany Children’s Choir!

The Bethany Children’s choir came to our Thursday night rehearsal at Nelson and they we a joy. They sang like angels and behaved like them too. We were treated to some songs they use in their daily prayers which they sang with eyes closed- so beautiful! and then a song which they had learned with British sign language for the deaf which was also lovely. We then did our song swap and the Secret Singers should definitely be proud of their Siyahambe but the children beat us hands down with …

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October 8, 2012

Singing with the Bethany Children’s Choir

At our rehearsal night on Thursday 18th October the Bethany Children’s Choir from Tanzania will be joining us for the first half an hour or so. The choir is on tour from Tanzania.I have heard them singing ‘We are marching in the Light of God’ which we are learning in Zulu as Siyahamba. It will be fun for an African choir to be singing in English and us to have a go in an African language!! The children have great moves and I hope they can teach us some. It …

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October 8, 2012

Free Singing Workshops in the Ribble Valley

The fantastic Crossroads Care in the Ribble Valley have provided the funding for 3 day-long workshops in the Ribble Valley culminating in a concert at West Bradford Village Hall in 17th November 2012. The idea is to raise awareness of the work of Crossroads Care and to have activity in valley halls across the valley which will bring people together for a grand day out. They especially hope to see carers having a day off  and getting some ‘me time’ but ALL are welcome.(and most of us do caring at sometimes in …

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