There was not a raindrop on any rose to be seen when we got together with The Sunflower Café, set up so people with dementia and their companions can come together for support and fun experiences, this weekend on a sweltering Saturday afternoon.
After several years of singing together we all considered ourselves part of the furniture and settled into a summery afternoon’s crooning of old and new favourites in and amongst swapping bits of movie trivia. Who knew The Artful Dodger had once been played by Phil Collins?!
We do hope to meet with The Sunflower Café again, some sunny day, but before then intend to Party Like It’s 1919 at The Doverhouse Estate Centenary Celebrations where, starting at 6.00 pm on Saturday 29th June, we will be leading a sing-a-long featuring songs from each decade.
Tempted to join us? More details can be found here
There was a time, not so long ago, when our performances had been to a huddle of family and friends clustered in the first three pews of St Margaret’s Church stalwartly supporting our rather tentative choral endeavours.
Who would have thought then that an appearance as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe lay before us … but it did … and Saturday 18th May saw “Putney’s liveliest choir” stepping out at St Mary’s Church as part of the festival with “Songs to Welcome the Summer”.
Performing a taster of the songs to feature in our official Summer Concert at St Mary’s Church at 7.00 pm on Saturday 20th July (do come to see us if you can) to a mix of family, friends and the just plain curious it was indeed a special moment for us all.
Join us at St Mary’s Church, Putney for our next concert.
It’s part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival and absolutely free.
Last Saturday saw us back with our mates at The Sunflower Café for a good old sing-a-long. After all, as winter turns to spring, snowdrops peep, daffodils abound and cherry blossoms bloom how could the odd nightingale not sing in Berkley Square?
The Sunflower Café in Putney and The Jasmine Café in Battersea are monthly gatherings where people with dementia can meet to share experiences and spend time together. More information about both can be found here www.carerswandsworth.org.uk/dementia-cafes/.
For anyone interested in shaking things up, we’ll be hosting a Disco and Pop Sing-A-Long at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 3rd April in St Margaret’s Church Hall. More details can be found here.
Wednesday 27th February saw our Sing n Slurp evening come together with the birthday of our musical director, Carl Speck.
Unaware we had rumbled his birthday discrete discussions had taken place over email as to whether we would be up to rendering “Happy Birthday” in a four part harmony but in the end the traditional version with some cake and candles was plumped for in a surprise presentation!
Carl has worked with us for many years and spares no effort to show us at our best. Music is arranged around our voices, backing tracks are provided for those less able to sight read, vocal sessions are built into our rehearsals to help build our voices … the list goes on …
Aside from his work with us Carl can also be spotted leading Pub Choirs at The Turk’s Head in St. Margarets, The Duke’s Head in Putney and The Anglers in Teddington. He also has a Good Morning Choir in Teddington and runs Now I Can Sing courses across London.
More information about all of this, and more, can be found at www.carlspeckmusic.com.
Here’s hoping for many more musical years together Carl!