St Albans Choral Society Singing Group

The Singing Group have already given two performances this term with a further four to go. Pictures are available in the Gallery of our afternoon performance this week at Oak Tree Manor - a care home which has a high number of dementia patients. Conducting duties are once again being shared between Ali Burroughes and Julia Priseman. Our programme of songs varies each term. New this session is the Beatles song Help! and a Canon in Swing. We have brought back Rutter's All Things Bright and Beautiful and we include singalong favourites such as Que Sera Sera and Side by Side which are always popular.

This term, group members are reading some of their favourite poems including some by Pam Ayres which have gone down well. We also have solo / duet slots. Ali Burroughes' sang the Joyce Grenfell song "I'm going to see you again" which struck chords with the audience and we will all long remember Alan and Ros French's rendition of "When are we going to get married?". More talent will be showcased over the next few weeks.

Our rehearsals started in early January. 25 people attended and we welcomed some new joiners, replacing one or two people from last term who have dropped out through work commitments. Our performance group size is usually about 12-16 as of course not everyone is available to sing in every performance. We are being ably accompanied by Tony Bralant and Frank Guest

Our first outing was at Verulam House where we were very enthusiastically received and future venues include Perrycoste Court, Beaumonds, The Orchard and Grove House. In every case, both the residents and Activities organisers are grateful for our visits and are keen to have us back. They always say how our songs cheer everyone up.

Any choir members would like to join the Singing Group would be very welcome. Rehearsals for the Summer will start probably in April. Rehearsals and performances are generally on Tuesdays.

 

Colin Dunkerley

dunkerley_c@sky.com

Singing Group Organiser

11 February 2016 

 

 

The Singing Group of St Albans Choral Society

The Singing Group is open to all members of the choir. It was set up in Autumn 2014 with the following aims:

* For community benefit (as part of the choir’s larger aims)

* To reach and entertain senior citizens who cannot get to our concerts

* To provide a chance to sing lighter music

* To give performance opportunities

* To enjoy ourselves

The Group currently totals over 25 singers but we perform in groups of about 10 -16 (different combinations people for each concert depending on availability) with conductor and pianist. Volunteers from the Group act as Compere, Readers and Soloists on a rotating basis thus giving a variety of performance opportunities for choir members.

We perform in Care Homes and Senior Living Establishments in and around St Albans. Our audiences have ranged in size from 10 to about 30 in the larger homes. Some of them have dementia and it is now established that live singing of familiar songs is very beneficial in such cases – a fact endorsed by the Organisers in the homes. Our concerts are much appreciated by residents (and staff!)

Singing Group Rehearsals take place at the beginning of each term in Dagnall Street. Tuesday nights are being trialled for early 2015 for rehearsals and concerts. There is a small charge per term.

All members of the choir are welcome to take part. So, if you want to sing some lighter music and entertain the senior citizens of St Albans, please contact the Organiser.

Colin Dunkerley, Singing Group Organiser

colin@dunkerley.com

 

Singing Group Update – October 2015

The Singing Group’s Autumn Schedule is now well under way.

We have new musical Directors this term in Alison Burroughes and Julia Priseman, who have introduced some new music including O Waly, Waly (for upper voices) and an arrangement of Three Spirituals. Some previously rested songs such as Down in the River to Pray and Charlie is ma Darlin’ have been brought back. Group numbers continue to steadily increase with 26 singers attending and enjoying rehearsals during September in Dagnall Street. This term’s accompanist is Frank Guest.

The Autumn programme comprises six performances around St Albans through to late October. Our venues include care homes such as Tara’s Retreat, Lyndon House (both Sandridge) and Fosse House plus two senior residential establishments, Milton House and Fonthill House. Our other venue is Grove House – a charity and establishment which the choir supports in various ways.  

Our first performances have been well received and enjoyed by residents and performers alike. See photos from Tara’s Retreat.

All our performances include short readings by volunteers from the Group. Solos have been / will be performed by James Shipp, Ros French and Phil Waller.

Two or three Group carol singing sessions are planned in Senior Living establishments for after the Choir concert on 13 December. These will be open to all members of the choir. New joiners to the group will be most welcome when rehearsals restart in January.

 

Colin Dunkerley

Singing Group Organiser

3 October 2015