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?


“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.

What the world needs now…

In our troubled times … “love sweet love” seems to be one thing “there’s just too little of” … so … at our Summer Concert on Saturday 20th July we evoked the Summer of ’69 when Peace, Love and Joy rocked Woodstock … whilst … 50 years ago … to the day … men walked on the moon …
With Flower Power in full force we performed “The Best of the Beach Boys”, “A Medley from Forest Gump” and other favourites which, with ensemble pieces and our Stephanie Kirton’s sweltering “Summertime” solo, kept a packed St Mary’s Church in Putney abuzz with delight.
Keeping to the task of bringing more love into the world our fundraising efforts, consisting of a raffle, cake sale, bar and retiring collection, brought the total donation to date to our chosen charity, Regenerate Rise, who work with the isolated elderly, to £10,018.90.
Regenerate Rise are presently fundraising to build a 10 bed Re-ablement Unit in the heart of Putney to alleviate the bed blocking crisis that currently exists in the NHS. Anyone who would like to learn more and donate can do so here https://www.regenerate-rise.co.uk/donate.php.
We will now be breaking for the summer but our fabulous Musical Director will continue running his Pub Choirs with an extra special “The Greatest Showman” evening scheduled for Thursday 22nd August. More can be learnt here https://www.carlspeckmusic.com/thepubchoir.
For anyone interested in being a part of our next season of musical adventures culminating in our Christmas Concert on Saturday 14th December … meet us … 8.00 pm … Wednesday 4th September … St Margaret’s Church Hall in Putney … https://doverhousesingers.co.uk/membership/.

Thanks for joining us at the Dover House centenary

On Saturday we joined in the centenary celebration of the creation of the Dover House Estate and performed a selection of songs from our repertoire in St Margaret’s Church on Putney Park Lane.

Our theme was Summer of ’69 which perfectly reflected the glorious sunny weather on the day, and the medley of Beach Boys songs brought back memories for some of a momentous year which included the moon landing, Woodstock and the Stonewall riots.

To reflect the theme of the centenary event, we invited the audience to join us for a selection of songs from different decades of the past 100 years which they did with great gusto.

Afterwards many of us stayed on to enjoy the rest of a very enjoyable event – and a few glasses of wine and Pimms!

In full bloom

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.

Going places…

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.