Welcome! / Croeso!
A very warm welcome to the Swansea Bay “Singleton Singers” website.
We are a ladies’ choir who enjoy performing a wide variety of songs and entertaining our audiences. We want our audiences to leave with smiles on their faces and a sense of well-being. We are a friendly bunch of girls who enjoy the social side of belonging to the choir as well as making music.
What do we sing?
We sing a wide range of songs from different decades , including Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, 60’s Hits and songs from musicals such as The King and I, Wicked and Oliver. We also sing sacred songs suitable for churches, cathedrals and weddings, and everything in between.
Where and when do we rehearse?
We hold our rehearsals at St.James’ Parish Centre, Uplands, Swansea, every Tuesday evening currently between 7.30 pm and 9.00 pm.
Where do we perform?
We have sung in a variety of venues including the Liberty Stadium, Bath Abbey, golf clubs, churches and chapels, Wales Botanical Gardens, Swansea Waterfront Museum and many others. We are always on the lookout for new challenges!!
We can also be booked to sing at weddings (we like looking at the outfits!) and numerous corporate events, so if you are interested in booking us, get in touch via the ‘Book or Contact Us’ page. Please try to give us as much notice as possible (ideally 3 months) as our annual calendar, particularly around Christmas, gets booked up very quickly.
Who do we perform for?
Our main beneficiary is Singleton Hospital. We hold an annual concert each year and money raised is donated to a ward that needs equipment of any kind which contributes to the well-being of the patients. In addition, we perform for many charities to help their fund-raising efforts. Over the past few years we have raised funds for HCPT, Maggie’s and CISS among others.
What happens socially?
A lot of the ladies take part in the Race For Life each year to raise money for Cancer Research UK and there is a Sunday Lunch group who try out different venues each month. We organise trips away and hold social evenings where we have quizzes, entertainment and lots of food and drink!
Would you like to join us?
If you’d like to join us, please go to the ‘Join Us’ page of this website.
Carole Edwards, Musical Director
The Choir’s History
In 1984 the RCN (Royal College of Nursing) choir disbanded and from this the seeds of another choir were planted. In 1985 a new choir came to fruition and it allowed staff from all departments within the hospital to join. At first there were only 9 members, so the membership was extended to people outside the NHS and the choir grew from 9 to about 30 members. As the choir had permission to rehearse in the chapel at Singleton Hospital, it was decided that it should be called the Singleton Singers.
The decision was then made to start raising money for the hospital by doing concerts around Swansea. The choir is a registered charity and gives a donation to the hospital every year.
The aim of the choir was, and still is, to introduce people to singing and the enjoyment and camaraderie that comes with it. It is quite surprising that if you have a bad day at work or at home, music can help to lift your mood. While the choir enjoys singing, it also raises money for some very worthy causes and helps those that need it the most.
In 2015 Singleton Singers celebrated 30 years of singing and raising money for Singleton Hospital and other local charities. To date the choir has raised in the region of £20,000 – £25,000 and now boasts over 50 members. This year it was decided that, to celebrate its proud roots, the words Swansea Bay would be added to the choir’s name. It is now called Swansea Bay Singleton Singers. It has always been and still remains, a female only choir.
Bernice Thomas, Choir Member