March 1, 2012

Easter Break

Easter break- I will be away over Easter so there are changes in early April as follows Read- no class tues 11th starts again 17th April Nelson and Clitheroe- no class 5th and 12th starts again 19th April Marple last class of term 20th March restart 17th April

February 20, 2012

Workshop in Bury with Brendan Taafe

On Saturday 18th Feb 12 Secret Singers (from all the classes) participated in a day long workshop which was hosted by the Bury Acappeelas. It was lead by an american chap called Brendan Taafe. It was a super day with an interesting mix of gospel, bluegrass, zimbabwain and folk songs. We learned some interesting new warmups too- which I will definitely be bringing to class! It was lovely to sing in a big group with new people and also nice for Secret Singers to meet there other class counterparts. A …

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February 12, 2012

The Clitheroe Class is to Reopen!

It is fantastic news that we now have enough people on the list to reopen the Clitheroe Class!. I said that I would reopen when we had at least 12 on the list and on the basis that everyone pays for a block of 6 classes up front- although I am only charging for 5 (£25). Well we are there! We will have some old faces (I mean people who have been before!) and some new ones and we start on Thursday 23rd Feb for six weeks. Same time and …

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February 12, 2012

Sally Naden Show

On Thursday 2nd Feb one of our Nelson Secret Singers, Trish Thompson, was a guest on The Sally Naden Show on behalf of Secret Singers. She was supported by Tommy, Bonnie, Noreen and I in the audience and Sally also came out in among us with the radio mic to get comment from us too. Trish was terrific and overcame her nerves really well- although her face was a picture when the first thing Sally asked her was to sing! We sang as a bunch in fact which was fine. …

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January 17, 2012

‘Getting Together’,singing group for people with dementia and their carers

I have become involved with doing singing for people with Dementia and have been funded by Crossroads Care to run weekly singing groups, with my friend Janet Swan, from  MondayFeb 6th to April 2nd. We will be using the new conference facilities at Moorhouse’s Brewery on Accrington Rd in Burnley. Singing is great for everyone but for people with dementia it has been found to be particularly beneficial in opening up the voice and bringing back memories. The group is designed to be a social afternoon for carers and cared …

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January 17, 2012

Olwyn on Radio Lancsahire

Here I am with the lovely Ted Robbins after talking and singing with him this morning (Tuesday 17th Jan 2012) on his programme on Radio Lancashire. It was a great opportunity to spread the word about Secret Singers and how wonderful singing with others makes you feel and we even had Ted and the team singing together.

December 19, 2011

Success at the Christmas Tree Festival

On Saturday 17th Dec 20 Secret Singers gathered at United Reformed Church Clitheroe and sang our Christmas set. It was really good fun and we repeated the exercise after lunch with a slightly different team. Our flash mob style entry was interesting and certainly took the gathering by surprise! I was so proud of everyone. The church’s representatives were very grateful for our input and the enthusiasm and evident enjoyment was brilliant to see and hear. Well done!! (team photo to follow)

December 16, 2011

2012 the classes

After the holidays classes will resume from Thursday 5th January 2012. the first will be Nelson on that date and Read and Marple following on the 10th. I am keeping a list of people who would prefer the daytime class in Clitheroe and will  publish a start date as soon as there are sufficient numbers. If you have never sung with us before this is the perfect time to start. We will be learning some new songs altogether so everyone will be in the same boat. Come along and give …

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December 16, 2011

The Christmas Big Sing is nearly here!

It is just one week to our Christmas Big Sing! We will have representation from all classes which is really lovely. Just to remind you here are the details; Tuesday 20th December 7.30pm – 11pm at Simonstone Old School, School Lane Simonstone. We can park on the school playground unless it is very frosty. Admission is £2.50 per person and you are welcome to bring a partner. You also need to bring something to eat to share and something to drink (as there is no bar) We will sing everything …

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December 13, 2011

Christmas Tree Festival- Saturday 17th Dec

This Saturday we are warmly invited to sing at The Christmas Tree Festival at the United Reformed Church in Clitheroe. I have agreed that we will do our Christmas set of songs at 12.30pm and again at 2pm- provided I have enough singers! Singers can sign up for both or either slot. It will be a lovely event with over 30 decorated trees in the church and lots of yummy home-made food available for our lunch break. Singers should wear anything in Christmas colours- red green gold(yellow).