Chris Rowbury Workshop - Change of Venue

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the venue for our Harmony Singing day on Saturday 30th April, 10.30 - 4.30.

The workshop will now be held at St John the Evangelist Church, Blackfriars Road, King's Lynn, PE12 1NT.

Other than the change of venue, everything else will be running as planned.

 

Now you hear us...

We were all thrilled with the success of our Autumn concert, the culmination of a year of hard work for the choir, so while we squirrel ourselves away and work on a new repertoire for the summer, here are a few of our greatest hits from that performance. With thanks to David Oxtoby for the recordings.

Harmony Singing Workshop

Simply Sing is hosting a harmony singing workshop by the wonderful Chris Rowbury.

The workshop is being held on Saturday 30th April 2016 at London Road Methodist Church, King's Lynn, PE30 5PY.  10.30am-4.30pm. 

Whether you have sung in choirs before, or are a complete novice to harmony singing; this is the perfect workshop, looking at a range of harmony singing skills, through a variety of different musical styles.

All of the music will be taught by ear, so there is no need read music.

Come along to an informal day of harmonies, humour and hijinks.

Tickets are £15 (Free for Simply Sing Members)

Light refreshments will be provided, but there will be a bring and share lunch.

For Tickets and further information, please contact us at simplysing@outlook.com.

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Carols in the Community

This Christmas, we were very happy to assist Freebridge Housing with their Christmas celebrations, performing at the lighting of their Christmas tree, and the beginning of their festivities.

They had a professional photographer on hand and were kind enough to send us the lovely pictures below.

As the performance was on a Friday afternoon, there was a slightly reduced choir in attendance, but the membership was bolstered by the addition of Ru and Eze, two of Christina's dogs, who joined as unofficial mascots for the event!

 

A Grand Night Out for UNICEF

The arrival of November 28th was nervously anticipated by the members of Simply Sing, as our Autumn Concert was upon us and a years worth of work and rehearsal was about to be put on display.

We were delighted to welcome our audience and happily rose to the challenge of a polished performance (despite some technical issues with microphones!)

The programme was varied, featuring some choir favourites, such as Annie's Song, Happy Together and our one classical piece of the evening, Be Still My Soul.

Several soloists performed and the choir was thrilled with the performance overall and it was lovely to hear from audience members who had been to previous concerts, all of whom commented on how well the choir was progressing.

The choir had decided to take the opportunity to collect for the UNICEF Syrian Children's Emergency Fund, and were thrilled to have raised £429.50 on the evening, thanks to generous donations from the audience, and a very popular raffle, which itself raised over £100.

Subsequently donations increased the total to £500, and as the British Government match donations to the UNICEF fund, a total of £1000 will be donated, and go towards aiding children fleeing war in Syria and living in hardship in refugee camps.

 

Autumn Concert

After a season of hard work, Simply Sing are more exited than ever to announce our Autumn Concert on the 28th November 2015, 7pm.

What better way to brighten up a cold, dark, night than to enjoy some fantastic music, ranging from classic pop to classical with a little gospel and swing thrown in.

We look forward to welcoming you at:

Holy Family Church, Field Lane, Gaywood, King's Lynn, NorfolkPE30 4AX.

The concert is free, but there will be opportunities to donate to UNICEF's Syrian Children's Emergency Fund; which is battling to help some of the millions of children displaced by the Syrian conflict survive yet another harsh winter.  Click here to find out more about the work of UNICEF.

Sunshine and Song

The sun is shining and it feels like summer has come at last, so what is a better way to celebrate than by joining us for a summer concert. 
Come and see what we have been working on during the year, and enjoy a mixed program of popular and choral music, along with tea and cakes. 
Admission is free, donations are welcome in support of Churchill Park School
 

New Year's Resolutions

It is the time of year for contemplating New Year's Resolutions, but what you might not have realised is just how many of those resolutions can be fulfilled by joining a choir.

So in 2015 are you resolving to:

 Get Fit?

As has been mentioned previously on this site here, research in to the health benefits of singing with a choir has shown that it is effective at improving heart health and lung capacity as exercise such as Yoga. It releases as many endorphins (the ‘happy hormone’) as a session at the gym.
Communal singing is also great for improving the posture, and generally boosting your mood.

 Loose Weight?

OK, so being honest, there is no link between singing in a choir and loosing weight, none at all… but as dairy products can coat your throat and limit your voice, Christina has a strict no cheese or chocolate before performances rule, which could help… maybe.

Challenge Yourself?

Staring at dots on a page and trying to figure out what it is supposed to sound like is a challenge. Especially if like me, you don’t read music. That’s fine though, because we learn our pieces by ear, just using the sheet music as a reminder of the patterns of the tune.

Soprano’s tend to get a slightly easier ride, as we mostly (although not always) carry the tune whereas the other parts have the additional challenge of learning the harmony. But either way it can be a real challenge, especially if the piece or arrangement is unfamiliar, and it feels amazing when you meet it.

Improve Your Confidence?

 I was lucky enough to be asked to sing a solo in several concerts that we performed this Christmas, a lot of people told me that they would never have the confidence to do something like that. And if you want to know the truth, I was a bag of nerves each and every time.

But in the end I had trust in Christina, and the rest of the choir. Christina gets to know your voice and I know and trust that she wouldn’t make me do something that she didn’t think I was capable of, and bit by bit my confidence grows.

But even if you have absolutely no desire to sing solos (and believe me no one is going to force you to) and just fancy singing with other people, every time that a piece comes together from what just last week was a mess of parts, every time a performance that you were slightly dreading goes well and every time you accomplish something you didn’t think you ever would; surrounded by friends who have just done the same, your confidence grows.

And it grows regardless of whether you are nervous of singing in the practice room, or you are the kind of fool who volunteers for solos you know you will shake all the way through

 Raise Money For Charity?

 Every year Simply Sing raises money for a chosen charity, along with supporting several charities throughout the year by performing at their events.

Meet new People?

There are around 35 people who regularly sing with Simply Sing, a varied mix of age, occupation, background, interests who all have one thing in common, and who are unlikely to have met without the Choir. Well they have two things in common, they like singing, and they are all friendly and will give new starters a warm welcome.

So while joining this choir won’t help you travel more, or become world famous (unless we take on a very unexpected direction) it might help you to tick more off of the resolutions list than you thought.

 Why not give it a try?