March 29, 2011

Secret Singers Feedback

I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who has taken the time to complete a feedback form for me. It is really helpful to know what you think. If you would still like to send in a form that would be great. Thankfully the results are positive so far with lots of lovely comments about the classes, the teaching, the venues and the songs. Some people were wanting some more well known modern songs and I am on the lookout for unaccompanied arrangements that are within the …

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March 23, 2011

Changes at Secret Singers: Burwain Sailing Club

We are having to make a change at the Secret singers group held at Burwain Sailing Club. The committee have asked if they can reclaim the clubhouse for their monthly meeting on the first Monday of the month. They have tried moving to a Tuesday but changing the long held tradition of monthly Monday meeting has proved very difficult. As I don’t have another evening available to move the class to, we have decided to skip the class on committee meeting day and all members are invited to join either …

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March 9, 2011

Sing for Water, first workshop report

Last Sunday (6th March) I went to Manchester with Hazel and Maureen from the Nelson Secret singers group. We attended the first of the song learning workshops for the Sing for Water North event. We had a very uplifting day learning the 6 songs and were heartened by the fact that the £15 we each paid will provide clean safe water for 1 person for a year! So we have done something very positive already. I now have the music and the sound files for all the songs and we …

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March 9, 2011

Big Summer Sing

All the classes are going along very well and we are having loads of fun singing in our individual groups but just think how great it would be if we all have a jolly good sing together! I am planning for us to have a bit of a ‘do’ in July. The idea is to chose a night and a venue with a bar. We will then add in a ‘Jacob’s Join’ supper and sing together the songs we have been learning since the New Year. It’s not so much …

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February 9, 2011

Sing for Water, an invitation

Secret Singers have the opportunity to join with other choirs in the Northwest to raise money for water aid and have some fun. The plan is to have a masssed sing in one of central Manchester’s squares on 19th June 2011 with lots of choirs joining in. Prior to that date there will be two rehearsal days in Manchester (details to follow) at which we will learn the songs. Participants will pay £15 for each of those days and then on the day itself there will be a rehearsal at …

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February 2, 2011

So, why should you sing?

There has been lots of research into singing and wellbeing to prove something that people who sing regularly already know. Singing makes you feel better, it lifts your spirits. It takes you out of the cares of the day and can release endorphins (those feel-good chemicals we get from sex and chocolate!) Singing physically reduces tension in the body and lowers the levels or stress hormone (cortisol) in the blood stream. Singing improves your posture and breathing and has a positive effect on your circulation– oxygenating your cells. Singing is …

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February 1, 2011

Brand new site finally here!

After months of hard work, my brand new website is here and I couldn’t be happier. ‘Secret Singers’ is all about harmony singing groups and is aimed particularly, though not exclusively, at those people who love to sing but usually sing in secret such as inthe bath or shower, in the car or whilst doing the vacuuming – especially when no-one is around! People have lots of reasons for singing secretly but the same stories crop up time and time again: I can’t sing The teacher told me to mime …

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