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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August 29, 2012

Autumn Programme

I have been doing my final preparations for this term and I can’t wait to share these songs with you! Here is the list- (members will be able to access the sound files in the members area shortly.) We may not have time (or in some classes, the necessary voices) to tackle all of these- I will see what you like and can achieve. Of course, the more consistent the groups are the more we will get done. Also, later in the term I will add a bit of Christmas flavour in there too. …

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August 15, 2012

New Venue for Nelson Secret Singers

In an exciting new development our Nelson group is to have its new home at Christ Church on Carr Rd in Nelson (BB9 7EN) from September. Both the ACE Centre and Secret Singers have enjoyed increasing popularity in the last couple of years and therefore they cannot always allocate us the size of room I now require due to other functions. It is really great that such a wonderful facility for Nelson is being so well used. I applaud their success. However, Secret Singers deserve a consistent home and so I have …

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July 23, 2012

We had an AWESOME Big Sing!!

On Saturday 21st July all 4 Secret Singers groups got together for a lovely social event at Burwain Sailing club. We had beautiful weather and sang looking out across the lake, it was lovely!. Everyone brought something to eat to share (far too much!) and Richard and Mark manned the bar. We sang for almost 2 hours and everyone joined in- even with the songs they didn’t know. I always say that we are there to express not to impress and expression was there in spades!! You could really hearing …

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July 5, 2012

Ribble Valley Sings

I have been invited to conduct a series of day long workshops in 3 different village halls around the Ribble Valley, culminating in a showcase concert. It should be a lovely event for the autumn. People are invited to attend one, two or all three days. There will be songs in common across the workshops and some specific to each day/village hall. We will then make a concert from these songs and invited guest performers. It is primarily for the people of the Ribble Valley but others will be able to attend …

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June 12, 2012

Sing For Water North 2012- Amazing!!

What a wonderful day we had on Sunday 11th June! The rehearsals in the fabulous Manchester town hall with so many singers from choirs across the North of England and Wales. Jules Gibb and Janet Russell got us all up to scratch and the sun shone. I counted 37 Secret Singers who took part although the photos don’t show quite everybody. It was lovely to contact between the classes again and all 4 were represented. For me the highlight was singing ‘Love Flows Like a River’ to the Bride and …

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