Singing Group Update - October 2015

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