Concert Success

Our Summer Concert on Saturday 17th July felt such a treat, having performed our last one back in 2019. The choir really pulled out all the stops in order to prepare for the occasion; there was a raffle filled with wonderful prizes donated by local restaurants, salons and other businesses, a well-stocked bar (with ice-cold white wine!) plus excellent singing – the last-minute practise really paid off!

We also welcomed a very appreciative audience, many of whom used to sing with the choir and are planning on returning! It will be wonderful to see the number of singers increase in the coming months in order for more people to benefit from the pleasure that singing in a choir brings.

We are still waiting to find out how much our event raised but look forward to donating all proceeds to Regenerate-RISE so watch this space!

We now continue rehearsals for another 5 ‘Summer Sessions’, where we will revisit some of our favourite repertoire from the last 6 years; the perfect chance to for singers to become familiar with these songs and for the rest of the choir to polish and perfect their singing!

As always, new singers are most welcome to join us at any time. Just get in touch!

Songs for a Summer’s Evening

Even though this time of year is busy for everyone, the choir has been working hard as we prepare for our summer concert on Saturday July 16th from 7pm. It promises to be an extra special occasion for both the choir and our audience as this is our first summer concert since 2019.

As always, there will be some songs familiar to all (Our House, Sing and Go the Distance), as well as a few unfamiliar gems (If Ye Love Me, Down to the River to Pray, two rounds by John Krumm) that are sure to delight and inspire. As always, the concert is free to attend, with donations for refreshments and our raffle, supported by local businesses, going to our charity, Regenerate-RISE.

Moving forward, the choir will be meeting throughout July and August for some relaxed and informal Summer Sessions, where we invite anyone to pop along and learn a few pieces from previous our repertoire. We always welcome new singers but the warm, light evenings are the perfect time to pop down and meet us.

Summer Evening Singing

How wonderful that the evenings are getting lighter and the journey to St Margaret’s Church Hall is now (almost) comfortable in short sleeves! As we enter the summer term, the choir is very much looking forward to our concert at St Mary’s Church, High Street, Putney on Saturday 16th July. We’ve aded a couple of new songs to our concert programme including Wild Mountain Thyme and Down to the River to Pray.

As always, we always welcome new singers and come and have some fun with us – just get in touch to find out more!

Come and sing with us!

Next Wednesday, we are holding an Open Rehearsal in order to welcome new singers to our choir! A great chance to come and sing for an evening and meet our lovely members. Very relaxed and informal, we will learn a complete piece in 4-part harmony and enjoy making some great sounds together. If you enjoy it, you might like to join us permanently! All singers are welcome, regardless of experience or ability – we are open to all!

Happy New Year!

After the success of our Christmas Concert and carol singing back in December, we are very excited to return to rehearsals in 2022. We have already welcomed a few new singers plus some familiar faces that previously sang with us – the new year is a great time to rekindle your love of singing!

This term, we have great new music as well as some old favourites that we are dusting off to enjoy again. New songs include Our House (Crosby, Stills, Young and Nash), Go the Distance (from Disney’s Hercules) and Here Comes the Sun. For now, we are continuing to sing in the airy and inspiring space of St.Margaret’s Church. Anyone is welcome to join us any time; just get in touch to find out more!

We had a wonderful time entertaining the residents at Glenthorpe back in December. It may have been rather chilly, but the hot chocolate and jacket potatoes that were served afterwards made it all worth it!

New term starts Weds 8th September

Our new term starts 8pm on Wednesday 8th September at St Margaret’s Church, Putney.

We’ll be singing a repertoire of ‘Inspirational Music’ to stir the emotions!

New members are always welcome with no audition required – find out more about joining here.

There’s also the option to join rehearsals via Zoom – please contact us to find out more.

We look forward to singing with you soon!

We’ll meet again…

We may not be getting together in person for the foreseeable future, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the Dover House Singers continue to make music.

Our first online rehearsal/experiment took place last week and we’ll be singing again via Zoom on Wednesdays just like old times.

Stay safe and sing soon.

Something new in 2020?

January is a great time for trying something new and we always welcome new members to come and sing with us. We’re a friendly bunch, led by an inspirational musical director and we have a lot of fun learning and performing a varied repertoire.

Whether you’ve sung in choirs before or are completely new to singing, come along this Wednesday (or any Wednesday) for the start of a new year and a new term for the Dover House Singers.

Your first session is free, there’ll be copies of the music to borrow and we’ll give you access to the members area of the website which includes practice recordings of everything we’re singing.

Our next rehearsal starts 8pm this Wednesday 8th January in St Margaret’s church hall on Putney Park Lane. We hope to see you there!

‘Tis the season

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Like Santa’s elves, we’ve been very busy this month spreading festive cheer around south west London.

Last week we returned to Linden Lodge School, the specialist sensory and physical college for visually impaired pupils, including those who are multi-disabled visually impaired.

With jingle bells in our hands and Santa hats on our heads, we joined the children and staff in singing Christmas favourites including Deck the Halls, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Walking in the Air. But the musical highlight came from the pupils themselves who took to the piano and led us in a rousing rendition of I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday and a beautifully touching performance of Bach’s Prelude.

We’ve been singing at Linden Lodge School each Christmas for many years now and each year is more fun-filled, joyous and inspiring than the last.

Later that week we went carol singing at East Putney and Wandsworth Town stations. Raising money for our supported charity, Regenerate Rise, we welcomed commuters and Christmas shoppers home with well-known Christmas carols and plenty of cheer.

And so, as the year draws to a close, we’d like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and, if you’re thinking of something new to do in 2020, we’d love you to come and sing with us. You can find out more about joining the choir here.