October 13, 2011

Our new members page

We now have a new page to the website and it is just for members. (Many thanks to our lovely web designer, Jonathan Monkhouse) This page is available via a members password and it is where I will post all the recording of the tunes and the words of the songs we are learning currently, you will be able to download them from there. This will mean that anyone joining us won’t miss out on songs that I have posted earlier (which was happening when I was emailing the information …

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October 13, 2011

Invitation to sing at Moorland School Christmas Fair

Well that time has come when we need to start learning some songs in preparation for Christmas. I have some super pieces that I can’t wait to share with you. This includes an interesting version of Away in a Manger, the Jazz Gloria and a lively and funky tune and arrangement by Faith Watson to which I have written Christmas words. There are a couple of others too but let’s see how we go! We have been invited to provide a team to sing at a Christmas Fair at Moorland …

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August 30, 2011

The New Term is about to Start!

Well, I have cycled 523 miles around Holland whilst learning all the parts of the songs for the new term, I am suitably refreshed and can’t wait to start singing again! All the classes start in the week beginning 5th September and I am looking forward to seeing old friends again and welcoming new members to the groups. Whilst I was away I collected a song from some Swedish ladies and one from Jan our Dutch holiday guide. I can’t wait to bring these to class as a holiday souvenir to you …

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August 4, 2011

Our First ‘Big Sing’

Saturday 8th July saw a fantastic event at Burwain Sailing club in Foulridge. Secret Singers had their first massed classes party and sing. All four classes were represented- even Marple (thanks to Clare for making the effort to come all that way) and the newest class in Clitheroe also made a good showing. We had a beautiful balmy evening with the sun low over the lake and took the opportunity to do the warm-ups outside on the jetty,to the puzzlement of the nearby fishermen! When we got too chilly we …

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July 27, 2011

Olwyn Abseils 177ft for MacMillan Cancer Care

Following Sing for Water I visited Newport for the weekend and took part in an abseiling event for MacMillan Cancer Care. About 50 people abseiled from the top of Newport’s Transporter Bridge It was great fun and we had a fabulous day for it and were able to see for miles whilst waiting for our turn at the top. I spent most of my waiting time thinking up a good song for the trip down- I came up with Puppet on a String and sang it at the top of my voice all the way down!
You may notice that I was wearing my Secret Singers, Sing for Water North t-shirt for the event, I was thinking of you all.

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July 18, 2011

Sing For Water North 2011

Well, we did it! We learned all the songs and we participated in a massed sing of over 300 voices! What a great day we had. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the morning workshop inside Manchester town hall and then the sun came out for us to have our lunch in the square – including birthday cake! The weather kept fine throughout the afternoon, although it was a bit windy which spoiled the recording a little. There are recordings on youtube which are great to see to get an …

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April 27, 2011

Secret Singer Tours America!

Yes folks, I am touring in America with a choir! Of course, it is a secret singing mission and I am in disguise as a guest member of the Amici singers from Bedfordshire. We have been staying with very kind American hosts and singing concerts and little impromptu bursts as we go. We spent a rainy day in Washington looking at all the memorials through the rainy windows of the tour bus and ende the day with a concert at Christian Community Presbyterian Church in Bowie. They were very welcoming …

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April 5, 2011

The New Day-Time Class will be in Clitheroe!

Arrangements for the new class have now been made and it will start on Thursday 5th May at 10.30am – 12pm. We will use the Pendle Room at the United Reformed Church on Moor Lane and the cost is £5 per session. The format will be the same as the other classes and we will start by learning the songs for the Sing for Water event. It doesn’t matter whether you wish to attend the event or not, the songs are lovely and not difficult to learn. Those who wish …

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March 30, 2011

New Day-Time Class

I am in the process of setting up a new day-time class, in Clitheroe. I was thinking that we should get even more people involved in Sing For Water (see other posts) and a new venue and time might be a good way of doing that. It will still be an open access Secret Singers class but we will start with the songs for the Sing for Water event. I am currently looking for a suitable room and the class will hopefully be on a Wednesday or Thursday morning 10.30am …

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March 29, 2011

Easter Arrangements

Over Easter I am going on tour with a Ladies choir from Biggleswade, The Amici Singers. The tour is to Pennsylvania and Maryland, USA for 10 days and I am very excited about it! This will mean that unfortunately, there will be no Secret Singers classes from Thursday 22nd April – Monday 1st May inclusive. So have a lovely break and I will see you on my return.