Welcome to 2019!

Happy new year!

The Christmas term is always a busy one, and we made it! Our end of term concert overall went well, We had fun and the feedback from the audience was very positive. I don’t have the amount collected to hand, but I’m sure that’ll be given out at one of the upcoming rehearsals.

Our first rehearsal back is Thursday, 10/01/2019. Time to put the carosl away, get some new music, and continue to enjoy some of the old music we’ve spent so long working on.



A Summer Summary

What an productive year we have had! 

From September 2017 to July 2018 we have raised well over £2000 for Norfolk Young Carers.

We have put on four performances; including our Chistmas Festival, Tapping House's 'Lantern Walk', and our summer concert. 

We have taken part in the Norfolk Community Choir Festival, which hopefully we will get an even larger contingent going to next year to see what the other choirs are up to, learn new music, and show off some of our own.

For the remainder or the term we have our social event this week and then our summer break! Please expect music lists to start being generated towards the middle of August and emails will be sent out. 

Our first rehearsal back is on the events page, for the 6th of September. Please use it as a good opportunity to bring friends along, as it would be great to get us up to around 50-60 members by the end of next year!

Have a good summer,

A Festive Festival!

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This Christmas, the spectacular medieval splendour of St Nicholas' Chapel will play host to Simply Sing and three other fantastic choirs from across the Fenland region for our Festive Festival.

We will be performing a wide range of Christmas music, from traditional favorites, to modern classics, and even a specially commissioned piece!

We will be joined on the evening by :
The Clarkson Singers     (Wisbech, Cambridgeshire)
Sutton Bridge Gospel Choir    (Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire)
Voices Unplugged!    (Spalding, Lincolnshire)

While each choir will perform their own set, reflecting their own musical style, we will also  join together in a mass choir around 150 people to perform well loved carols.

It will be an evening of fabulous music and wonderful company, and the perfect way to kick off your Christmas festivities.

23rd December 2017, 6.30pm (doors open from 6.00pm)
St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1NH

Advance Tickets: £5.00 (adults), £3.50 (Under 18)
On the Door: £6.00 (adults), £4.00 (Under 18)

Tickets are available through the website here
If you would like to buy advance tickets, but are unable to use one of the online payment methods, please contact us by emailing simplysing@outlook.com.

All profits will be donated to West Norfolk Carers, and will go to support Young Carers across King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Charity of The Year!

After a vote of members Simply Sing, has selected West Norfolk Carers as our Charity of the Year!
In particular, we will be supporting the Young Carers division.

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West Norfolk Carers currently support over 200 young people across the King's Lynn and West Norfolk, who care for family members or friends who suffer from long term illness, disability, or substance misuse problems. 

The Young Carers division was founded as a response to a campaign by former King's Lynn and West Norfolk Mayor, Anne Cleary-Fox.  Jane Evans, CEO of West Norfolk Carers, explains how everything started:

"Anne had been a teacher, and during her career had a little boy in her class who was a young carer.
One morning, he sensed that his Mum wasn't very well and didn't want to go to school. His Mum told him to go saying she would be alright.
Sadly, whilst he was at school, his mother died and that little boy was devastated.
Anne recalls this little boy curled on her lap sobbing and she feeling very helpless.
She promised herself that day, that if she was ever in a position to help such a child, she would do so.

So, during her term of office, Anne raised £11,000 for young carers. Then set about trying to find some one to help deliver the support.
No-one would help. Anne came to our AGM in her role as Mayor and part of her talk shared that story.
My colleague and I were very moved by the whole thing and volunteered to set up some sort of support.

Later, with the agreement of the Trustee board, we continued the work and the fundraising under the West Norfolk Carers banner - which we've done ever since."

Jane describes the biggest challenge the charity faces as funding, particularly funding the transport required to enable young carers to access services and support.
"Another big challenge is the cost of transport and bringing children into the groups - it's a significant cost - at one point we were spending over £300 per week. It's a tough choice, because if we didn't have such high transport costs, we could spend more on meaningful activities - however, without the transport fewer children can come and benefit from the groups."

The support that West Norfolk Carers gives to Young Carers can be life changing, but as the service is funded entirely by charitable donations, they rely on their community to allow them to provide continued support as many young people in the region as possible.

Simply Sing are honoured to support West Norfolk Young Carers, and will this year be participating in our largest Christmas show to date, with all profits donated.

To find out more about West Norfolk Carers, and their work with Young Carers in our region, click here

Summer Success!

On one of the hottest days of the year (so far...) we joined with the fantastic Sutton Bridge Gospel Choir, for a concert in aid of The Big C, Norfolk's Cancer Charity.

Our venue was the beautiful St Peter's Church, Walpole St Peter, and despite the heat, which tried it's very best to disrupt the day, we put on a wonderful performance for our audience, and thanks to their generosity we raised £320 for The Big C.

We have been thrilled to support The Big C over the course of this year. Our fund raising total of £1145for the year is a record for us, and we are proud to have contributed to the amazing work that they do in supporting cancer patients, and their families in our region.

Thanks must go to all of those who volunteered to help us on the day, with ticket sales, refreshments and setting up and clearing up on the day.
Thanks also to the Wardens at St Peter's for all of their assistance, both on the day and beforehand. 

Next year we will be supporting another amazing local charity - why not join us?


Summer Celebration!

On Saturday 17th June 2017, we will be joined by the fabulous Sutton Bridge Gospel Choir for our summer concert in aid of The Big C, Norfolk's Cancer Charity
As our charity of the year we have so far raised over £800 for The Big C, and we hope to add to that total this summer in support of the amazing work they do in providing treatments and counseling to those in our region who are suffering from, or impacted by cancer; and the research that they fund to cure it.

The concert, held in the beautiful St Peters Church, Walpole St Peter, will feature a range of musical styles, from pop to classical to soul and gospel music,and should be a delight for music lovers everywhere.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £3.50 for under 16s.
To purchase or reserve tickets, please contact us at simplysing@outlook.com, or through our facebook page.

Currently we are unable to accept payment online, so please contact us for details, or to reserve tickets and pay on the door.

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Christmas Came Early for Simply Sing and The Big C

Preparing a concert in just 12 weeks was always going to generate some nerves, but when we all came together in the beautiful surroundings of the King's Lynn Town Hall, everything clicked in to place for a fantastic beginning to the festive season, and an evening which proved to be our most successful to date.

As we walked out into the gloriously gilt assembly room to a full house, we knew that we were going to have a wonderful evening, and we were all thrilled by how the concert went. With a collection of Christmas music, from a medieval Christmas carol sung in Latin (did I mention the nerves) to traditional carols and modern Christmas music, there was something for everyone.
Our audience were in good voice, and we were delighted when they joined in with the fun.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our audience, we raised £801.86 for The Big C
Money which will go towards providing support, information and treatment facilities for people suffering from cancer across the Norfolk area.
We were all honored when the Big C selected us to perform as part of their 35th anniversary celebrations, and are so thrilled that with your support we were able to do them proud.

With thanks to all at The Big C, especially Brian and Brenda who came on the night. Thanks also to Rob Gordon and Mark Gregory for their assistance, and to Colin for stepping in at the last moment to play for us.
Special thanks also go to Sainsbury's in King's Lynn for kindly donating the refreshments for the evening, and to everyone else involved who helped make the evening such a success.

Simply Sing will be holding various events throughout next year in support of The Big C, so do watch this space for more information.


Christmas Comes Early: Carols Against Cancer

The clocks have gone back and the Trick or Treaters have gone home, which can only mean that Christmas is sneaking around the corner.
Simply Sing are thrilled that this year our Christmas Concert will be held at the prestigious King's Lynn Town Hall in support of The Big C, celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Norfolk's fantastic local cancer charity. 

The concert will be held on Saturday 3rd of December, 6.30pm at King's Lynn Town Hall.
Tickets £5 adults, £3.50 under 16s
All funds raised will be donated to the Big C.
We are currently only able to accept payment by cheque, so if you would like tickets please email simplysing@outlook.com  for further details.  If you would like tickets, but are unable to pay by cheque, please contact us anyway and we will see how we can accommodate you.

UPDATE: Tickets are now available from the Big C shop, Norfolk Street, King's Lynn