January 3, 2023

Marple sings again

Marple Secret Singers will be singing together again from next Tuesday, 10th January. Songs to look forward to this term: Lean on me, Röstvalsen, Blow the wind southerly, Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday and many more. This year I am introducing a three-rate payment system. You can continue to pay on a drop-in basis by card (preferred) or cash on the day but BACS payments will make this system (and my life) easier 😉 Please be aware that the low rate only just covers cost whereas the middle rate provides me …

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December 29, 2022

Happy New Year!

Nelson Secret Singers will meet again from this Thursday. Instead of drop-in sessions, you can now book a block of six sessions with the first block starting on 5th January. Here are some songs to look forward to in the first six weeks of the new year: Lean on me, Blow the wind southerly, Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday, Bring me li’l water, Sylvie (reprise). I will offer a three-tiered payment system for the six-week blocks. Please be aware that the low rate does not cover costs (room hire, travel costs). …

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December 12, 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

This week marks Nelson Secret Singers’ last session for this year. We’ll be singing songs we’ve been practicing this term and some quick to learn Christmas and New Year’s songs. Sadly, tomorrow will also be the last ever singing session for East Lancs Secret Singers. The group has become too small to run sustainably for me due to my long journey. However, we’ll go out with a…la, la, la 🙂 You can look forward to carols, yoiks and celebratory songs to wish you well for the new year. From 5th …

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September 23, 2022

Join us for World Singing Day

On 15th October is World Singing Day and we are holding two singing get togethers in Read and Marple.  Join us to sing songs from a variety of styles & cultures. As always at Secret Singers all songs will be taught by ear, so you do not need to be able to read music. Find out more about World Singing Day and the Song of the Year here. We will bring and share refreshments and hot drinks in the break and you are welcome to share your best cup cakes …

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September 1, 2022

We’re back!

This week I’ve been busily preparing songs for the autumn and winter term, including Everything is possible by the wonderful Lea Morris and Röstvalsen by Kajsa Norrby, a waltz without words in the style of a Swedish folk song. We’ll be singing together again at Marple Methodist Church every Tuesday, 1.30 – 3.30pm and Padiham Unitarian Church, 7.30 – 9.15pm. Nelson Secret Singers will meet again after a long hiatus, every Thursday night, 7.30 – 9.30pm at Christ Church, Nelson. For more details, please check the ‘Regular Groups’ page. I’m …

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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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