August 2, 2022

Summer is here once again

Secret Singers are on holiday! We will be back in Marple and Padiham (East Lancs) on 6th September. Marple Secret Singers can look forward to a longer session from 1.30 – 3.30pm. And now for the really good news – drumroll please…Nelson Secret Singers are back! If you live in Nelson and are looking for a welcoming group to sing with, join us on Thursdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm, from 8th September. You are especially welcome if you’ve always wanted to try singing in a group.

April 21, 2022

East Lancs, New Start Time

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

April 12, 2022

welcome (back) to East Lancs and Marple Secret Singers

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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March 12, 2022

My Retirement but the Choirs Will Continue!

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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January 7, 2022

Happy New Year and New Term

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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December 5, 2021

our CO2 experiment in infection control

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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November 22, 2021

The First Half Term and a Christmas Performance

Well, we are developing a lovely group of East Lancs Secret Singers at our new venue, Nazareth Unitarian Church in Padiham and the sound we are making is just wonderful! We are having plenty of laughs too as we start to gel together as one group. It has been great to welcome some of the singers from Janet Swan’s old  group and, happily, some new members too. I am very sad though to lose some members who don’t find the new arrangements convenient. We miss them but I always hope …

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September 5, 2021

The New Term

It has all been very worrying trying to guess how many singers would return and whether it would even be allowed ! In the end I decided to make a big change and establish the new East Lancs. Secret Singers group, an amalgamation of the previous Read and Nelson groups and the East Lancs. Carers Chorus. I have found a huge room, big enough to safely take all of the existing members of the previous groups even if they all came back at once, though I imagine that some people …

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August 6, 2021

Summer Recess

Thank you to all who came to the summer term’s outdoor sessions. Everyone did really well and we had lots of laughs. lots of you were surprised at how you adapted to singing whilst a bit more spread out, odd at first  but that got better and you got use to relying more on what you could do yourself than on other people. I think that growth in confidence was a very positive thing! have a lovely summer everyone, see you in September. Olwyn x

June 25, 2021

Just 4 more chances to sing before the summer break!

The summer break will begin after the 20th July and will go on until 20th September. However, that means that we still have 4 weeks of singing left! We have been very lucky with the weather so far so keep your fingers crossed!! We will be continuing with the songs we have already been singing- Be the Light, Crossing the Bar, Sing Out, All shall be Well, The Bowie Mashup and this week, providing we have the singers to cover the parts, I will include ‘Freedom is Coming’ because it …

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