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.

Do you hear what I hear?

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“Do You Hear What I Hear?” is the question people were asking at St Margaret’s Church Christmas Tree Festival on Friday evening as they “mingled” over eats and treats whilst we “jingled” in the background.

If “Somewhere In My Memory” brought back memories of Christmas past, “Star Carol” kindled thoughts of Christmas future and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” of Christmas present(s). All provided a taster of the Festive Fiesta of Song we will be offering at our concert at St Mary’s Church in Putney at 7.30 pm on Saturday 14th December.

Should anyone have missed the opportunity to purchase a tree, all of which have been blessed in a special Advent Service, please do get in touch with Helen at office@stmargaretsputney.org – proceeds go to the garden redevelopment of the church and Regenerate-RISE.

Some enchanted evening

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It wasn’t quite evening, more like late afternoon, when we got together for our sing-a-long with The Sunflower Café last Saturday but there was definitely something enchanted about it.

Singing through golden oldies like On the Street Where You Live, Getting to Know You and Cheek to Cheek, one elderly couple were moved to hold hands as they sang their way through Love Me Tender.

For anyone who wants to be part of magical moments like these, we’re gearing up for our festive season with Sing ‘n’ Slurps, Carol Singing, a Christmas Tree Festival and a concert all in the pipeline.

Dates and details of all these activities, together with our rehearsal times can be found here.