We are a friendly bunch of people who get together to sing.
Actually there is a bit more to it than that.
We sing at about 12 -15 events per year, such as festivals, fêtes, weddings, funerals, and of course concerts.
Our repertoire includes a very wide range of music, not just traditional gospels and spirituals, but African songs, modern songs and standards. They are usually arranged specially for us by our director Penny Hastings in 4 part harmony.
Anyone can join.
There are no auditions!
You don't have to be a brilliant singer either
Best of all there are no fees! (but we do accept donations to pay for the rehearsal hall)
Hear us sing
You don't have to be able to read music
We normally meet for practice on Monday evenings 7:45-10.00 during school term times at
Central Hall, St. Mary St. Southampton SO14 1NF
We are in the Small Hall on the left of the picture. Access is through the back door which is in the car park on St. Mary St.
It's fun. Apart from singing there is tea and biscuits and sometimes cake as well
If you want to sing with us or perhaps book us to sing at your event, please
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On Monday 30th June we took advantage of the relaxation of the physical distancing advice and six of us met in someone's garden and obediently stayed 2m apart to sing together.
We had our second attempt at this on 7th July recording a song, but the wind made only this clip usable:
Since then we have had several other such covid choir practices, and more recently a few walks in the New Forest.
We are working on recording a few songs with each singer in isolation using the Soundtrap website
and Audacity audio
All events at which we were to sing have been cancelled or postponed. We are hoping to be able to meet again soon, but the situation is uncertain as singing together is one of the higher risk activities, as mentioned in this article:
Having said that, here is a report which was on the BBC's Health Check programme on Thursday 6th Aug. It discusses the other factors which might be at play in choristers acquiring contagions which are not related to the singing. The choir article starts at 12:45 minutes in.
Here's another attempt at recording each part individually, A part of Stevie Wonder's well known song Happy Birthday