December 5, 2021

our CO2 experiment in infection control

We have done very well since our return to indoor, in person singing in that I have only heard of one couple being infected with Covid 19 and that was contracted over our half term break (so not at choir). It makes me feel that our vaccinations, testing, large airy rooms and other precautions are working well keeping us safe whilst we are having such fun singing. I wanted more evidence that I am organising something which is as safe as it can be and after reading about another leader …

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November 22, 2021

The First Half Term and a Christmas Performance

Well, we are developing a lovely group of East Lancs Secret Singers at our new venue, Nazareth Unitarian Church in Padiham and the sound we are making is just wonderful! We are having plenty of laughs too as we start to gel together as one group. It has been great to welcome some of the singers from Janet Swan’s old  group and, happily, some new members too. I am very sad though to lose some members who don’t find the new arrangements convenient. We miss them but I always hope …

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September 5, 2021

The New Term

It has all been very worrying trying to guess how many singers would return and whether it would even be allowed ! In the end I decided to make a big change and establish the new East Lancs. Secret Singers group, an amalgamation of the previous Read and Nelson groups and the East Lancs. Carers Chorus. I have found a huge room, big enough to safely take all of the existing members of the previous groups even if they all came back at once, though I imagine that some people …

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August 6, 2021

Summer Recess

Thank you to all who came to the summer term’s outdoor sessions. Everyone did really well and we had lots of laughs. lots of you were surprised at how you adapted to singing whilst a bit more spread out, odd at first  but that got better and you got use to relying more on what you could do yourself than on other people. I think that growth in confidence was a very positive thing! have a lovely summer everyone, see you in September. Olwyn x

June 25, 2021

Just 4 more chances to sing before the summer break!

The summer break will begin after the 20th July and will go on until 20th September. However, that means that we still have 4 weeks of singing left! We have been very lucky with the weather so far so keep your fingers crossed!! We will be continuing with the songs we have already been singing- Be the Light, Crossing the Bar, Sing Out, All shall be Well, The Bowie Mashup and this week, providing we have the singers to cover the parts, I will include ‘Freedom is Coming’ because it …

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June 7, 2021

outdoor classes are doing well!

So this will be our 3rd week of outdoor singing and it has been a joy to hear everyone. I didn’t realise that you could miss people’s legs so much!!!! (obviously in a totally non creepy way!) I have been asked to include Crossing the Bar and found this video from Sing for Water North in Manchester a few years ago. notice Gloria, Stella, Noreen and Trish  on the front row, giving their all and flying the flag for Secret Singers. There is still space for more singers so don’t …

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May 20, 2021

We can Sing Together Again!

Yes, we can sing together again, IN PERSON! Albeit only outdoors but it is a firm step in the right direction. Venues arranged and risk assessments are all done. songs chosen and prepared and a rain jacket for our banner cum word sheet holder has been fashioned (wait til you see it, it’s really something!) We started this week. Todmorden should have been first to kick off but with a forecast of 77% chance of rain I cancelled. However Tuesday was a new day and perfect for both the Marple …

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March 25, 2021

Spring BIG SING!

  Dear All, next Wednesday 31st March 2021 will be the last of the free zoom sessions I promised at Christmas.  I hope the sessions have helped you over the dark days, as they did for me. The ‘light’ is almost upon us! Therefore next Wednesday evening will be our virtual BIG SING! Please feel free to come whether or not you have been attending this terms sessions. We will sing through as many of the songs we have done as we can. It would be lovely to make an …

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December 8, 2020

Merry Christmas Everyone!

On this day when the light at the end of the tunnel shines that bit brighter and the first vaccines against Covid19 have been given i have decided that a little singing might be in order. Although, here in Lancashire, we are in tier 3 there are special rules for carol singing!! we can only be in groups of 6 and must be socially distanced but I am going to give it a go here in my home village of Read. The 3 songs we will use are now uploaded …

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