On Tuesday 1st June 2022 we held our own Jubilee Celebration Soiree following rehearsal. We enjoyed a quiz – the winners were Delith and Marion, had an old-fashioned singalong and had a feast of food. Thank you to all who provided food and drink and the entertainment. We had a great time and are looking forward to more social events together.
In September 2019 the choir had a successful tour of the Derbyshire Dales. We stayed for 3 nights in Derby and sang at two organised concerts:
On Saturday 21st September we sang at Church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield – well known for its crooked spire, where we were the guests of Choir@theRoyal, a community choir based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
On Sunday 22nd September, we performed at All Saints, Mackworth and Jonathan Lycett and John Davies also took part in the concert.
At both concerts the audiences appreciated the varied repertoire of the choirs and and soloists.
We were also invited to perform at Crich Tramway Village for its 60th Anniversary on Sunday morning. Although the weather was not good – lots of rain – we sang in the bandstand to a number of visitors who enjoyed the music. There was then also the opportunity for us to see and travel on the trams. It was great for some of us to also sing whilst on one of the trams.
On Saturday morning a number of choristers were gathered together in Derby Cathedral where an exhibition “Museum of the Moon” was on display and an impromptu performance of “Fly Me to the Moon” – again visitors to the Cathedral were surprised and pleased to hear us.
We had a very enjoyable weekend tour and we are grateful to Carole, Jonathan and Helen for their hard work in preparing us for the various events, and to the host churches and venues for their welcome. We are looking forward to the next tour – wherever that may be.
As you can imagine, many photographs were taken so it is impossible to show them all but we hope you like seeing some published on the website.
On Friday 4th October 2019, we were invited to take part in a special concert to help raise funds for the Calon Lân Society which is dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the death of local poet Daniel James (Gwyrosydd) who wrote the famous words of Calon Lân.
Also contributing to the concert were Swansea Male Voice choir – they will be guests at our next Annual Concert – and pupils of Clase Primary School and Ysgol Gyfun Bryntawe. President for the evening was Canon Reverend Lionel Hopkins MBE DL.
On Friday 27th August 2019, we were invited participate in ‘Celebration of the Voice’ as part of Pontardawe Musical Festival. It was a very wet evening but the audience was entertained by a number of different local choirs including Neath Cancer Challenge Choir, Ospreys Choir, Neath Male Voice Choir, Llanelli Rock Choir, Glynneath Male Voice Choir, Con Brio Pontardawe. We have been invited to take part again in June 2020,
Our Annual Concert in 2019 was held on 15th June at St James’ Church when again a large appreciative audience gathered to hear a varied programme. Our guests were ‘Music for You’ Brass Quintet who also delighted the audience with its choice of music.
In March 2019 the choir took part in a recording session at The Hyst, High Street, Swansea. It was a first for the choir and very enjoyable, although a little nerve-racking. We recorded the following songs: A Million Years, I Will, Calon Lan, I’ll Be There, A Thousand Years, Pachelbel’s Canon of Peace, A Whole New World and You are So Beautiful/Wind Beneath my Wings and they are now on YouTube – just search for Singleton Singers Swansea and you’ll find them. Special thanks to Mal Pope and his team for their help and support.
The second sopranos were delighted to host a social evening, with a wonderful spread of savouries and cakes. Julie and Avril had marshalled the team so there was a wide variety on offer. The photos give a peek at what we enjoyed before being devoured by hungry choristers! The team photo in the kitchen was taken before we had washed up. We are very grateful to St James’s for the use of such a well organised facility.
The evening was kick started with a World War 1 theme quiz, including famous people born in that era. Thanks to Gill for providing some challenging questions with educated guesses providing two tied teams. Avril’s team, The Old Spice Girls, took the tie break on the number of words in ‘Pack up your troubles’.
A raffle provided a fund raiser to the evening. Lots of lovely prizes.
We did eventually get around to singing a few wartime songs! All in all, a good time, and a chance to meet other choristers that perhaps you hadn’t really had a chance to chat to before.
On that note ……. over to you altos for our next one !
The Singleton Singers loves to support local and national charities, and on Monday 8th October we were invited to sing in The Quadrant Shopping Centre, Swansea, as part of Guide Dog Cymru Week. It was a pleasure to be able to support this important, worthy cause, and we enjoyed singing some of our all-time favourites.