Many of our concerts help with fundraising for local and national charities or for a specific project. In recent years we have supported local churches, and helped to raise money for ‘Water for Kalamba’, Mary's Meals, children with Batten Disease and the local MS Society. We are happy to sing at weddings and funerals; many of the congregation have said how uplifting it is to hear singing at these occasions.
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We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and friendly group. During lockdown, when we could not meet for rehearsals, we kept in touch through WhatsApp, started a weekly quiz on Zoom (which was very entertaining!), and a number of us met up for local walks when Covid restrictions allowed. We are always keen to hear from potential new members – it helps if you can read music, but it is not necessary. More important is enthusiasm, the ability to follow a tune, and a willingness to practise at home.
We would also like to reach out to aspiring young musicians who would be interested in performing with us at our concerts.
2023 proved to be a very busy year!
In May we returned to the lovely church of St Thomas, close to St Helens Town Centre. Once again, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with plenty of audience participation!
June saw the Singers perform at Penketh Methodist Church, where the magnificent sum of £1300 was raised for Mary's Meals. Our thanks go to the team at the church for making us so welcome. A couple of weeks later we entertained members of the MS Society at their summer party at St Julie's in Eccleston. Both concerts featured songs to get people in the holiday mood!
Our Autumn programme started in style in September 2023 with a joint concert with Valley Brass Band in Haydock. There was a rich and varied programme, with plenty for the audience to enjoy and join in.
In October 2023 we took part in a fundraising concert at St Mary's Club in Birchley. What an incredible night that was! Buzzing Entertaining Fantastic Amazing Enthusiastic were just some of the words we heard afterwards. Over £1200 was raised for children with Batten Disease - a magnificent achievement!
Our Christmas programme took us to Crank Nursery, St Julie's Church (raising over £1100 for church funds) and the MS Society Christmas party. We were also honoured to support the Friends of St Helens Cemetery by singing at their Remembrance Service at St Helens Crematorium.
Videos of our Christmas concert at St Julie's can be accessed via the following links:
Our second annual quiz took place in May 2023. Thank you to all who attended, our Chairman Tony who was quizmaster for the evening, and all who helped to make the evening such a success. It was a lovely opportunity to socialise and to get to know members better.
Just before our summer break in July 2023, the Singers attended a dinner at Houghwood Golf Club. This occasion was marked by the celebration of 50 years' membership for two of our members - Anthony Moran and John Appleton. Both men have given up their time to help with the organisation of our events - attending beforehand to help set up equipment and staying behind afterwards to put it away. Anthony has also served for many years as Honorary Treasurer. We thank them both for their hard work and dedication and offer them our heartfelt congratulations on reaching this Golden Milestone!
Rehearsals - Monday evenings 7.45pm - 9.30pm, St Julie's Church Hall,
Howards Lane, Eccleston, St Helens WA10 5HJ
All are welcome to join us.