Thank you for a very enjoyable first session with me session on Tuesday. You sounded beautiful!   From next week we will be re-instituting the break – hurray! Please bring your own refreshments. That means from next Tuesday, 26 April, we will be starting from 7.30pm. The end time will be the same, 9.15pm.   Once again, the new session time is:   Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.15pm   I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.     ​Annelie Leinhos ESOL and literacy teacher Singing and workshop leader

Welcome (back) to East Lancs and Marple Secret Singers!   A warm welcome from me, Annelie, your new facilitator. For those of you who have not met me before, here’s a little information about me:   I’m 34 years old and live in Sale, South Manchester, with my husband and my cat. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t sing and I’ve been singing in groups since primary school. In addition to leading East Lancs and Marple Secret Singers I’m also working towards establishing a singing group for English …

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This week in class I announced my intention to retire from running choirs. I have had some wonderful times with the Secret Singers Choirs since I started them in 2010 and I have wonderful memories of things we have done and songs we have sung together but I am ready for some new adventures now and looking forward to that. It will be very sad not to see any of you anymore though. The loss of people is really the hardest. I will miss you. HOWEVER, THE CHOIR WILL CONTINUE! ( …

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Dear Singing Friends, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope we will have a good season of joyful singing ahead of us! It is my intention to restart classes on Tuesday 11th Jan 2022 for Marple and East Lancs and Wednesday 12th for Todmorden, unless any new restrictions come into force before then. I know that the infection rate has gone up massively but people who have had their 3 jabs are well protected from serious and life threatening disease, so they say, and also if we all look after each other …

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We have done very well since our return to indoor, in person singing in that I have only heard of one couple being infected with Covid 19 and that was contracted over our half term break (so not at choir). It makes me feel that our vaccinations, testing, large airy rooms and other precautions are working well keeping us safe whilst we are having such fun singing. I wanted more evidence that I am organising something which is as safe as it can be and after reading about another leader …

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