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).

November 14, 2011

Children in Need Event at the Atrium Cafe Clitheroe

It was fantastic, 26 secret singers turned up for our spot in the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues club’s 12 hour music marathon! Our participation set certainly was something different from the other performers and it was great to see the audience joining in with us. I was so proud of the enthusiasm and responsiveness of the group and I heard some lovely comments about us afterwards. I understand that the whole event raised £1260 for children in Need, which is marvellous. The father of Therese (of the Read group) took some …

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November 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Secret Singers! 1 today

Today is exactly 1 year since Secret Singers opened for business. From a very small beginning we now have over 80 people involved in singing over 4 groups. It has been wonderful meeting and singing with so many lovely people and I am very excited to continue to share all the songs I know and gather for you. Thanks to everyone who has supported this venture so far – it would not be the same without you! I look forward to seeing you in class. Olwyn

October 22, 2011

Children in Need need Secret Singers!

Olwyn and the Secret Singers will be leading a participation session at a Children in Need event run by Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues. The whole event will run from 11am -11pm on 12th November at the Clitheroe Castle’s Atrium Cafe and we will just be doing the 5-6pm slot. I understand there is an entrance fee for audience but I don’t have any details as yet of how the organisers plan to raise money from the event- but obviously that is the objective! Secret Singers will be on from …

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October 14, 2011

The Christmas Big Sing

I now have the arrangements for the Big Sing in place. Everyone is welcome and please bring your partner/spouse/ significant other or whatever. It will take place on Tuesday 20th Dec 7.30pm til 11ish at St Peters Old school Simonstone (That is the old building opposite Simonstone Primary School). Obviously there is no bar so it will be BYO (bring your own) and we will have a Jacob’s Join Supper too- it was magnificent in the summer! To cover the expenses I will be making a charge of £2.50 per …

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