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.

A fiesta of festive songs

We were thrilled to put on our annual Christmas concert in front of a full house at St Mary’s Church in Putney on Saturday evening.

Well-known yuletide favourites like Walking in the Air and Do You Hear What I Hear filled the air, as well as hidden seasonal gems like Eric Whittacre’s The Seal Lullaby and Home Alone’s Somewhere in my Memory.

Interspersed among numbers sung by the entire choir were beautifully intimate performances of Little Donkey, White Christmas and Winter Wonderland by smaller groups of 3 and 4 singers.

And, as has become tradition, the audience took to their feet and joined in with rousing renditions of a few much loved-carols.

Thanks to everyone that came along to watch and support us, including the Mayor of Wandsworth, councillor Jane Cooper and our very special guests from Regenerate Rise – our chosen charity who do such wonderful work supporting the isolated elderly in Putney and Roehampton. Click here to find out more about them.

We’ll be back for a new term on Wednesday 8th January – everyone’s welcome and you can find out more about joining us here.