Welcome to the next singing year

Welcome to all choir members. I hope you have all found some sunshine in the long summer break.

A retrospective thank you for all my end of term gifts. The chicken swing (still be studiously ignored I’m afraid) is an entertaining addition to Winsley Pastures. Vouchers and money purchased a new summer wardrobe for me, I look forward to picking out a Plum tree this September and of course beautiful flowers to brighten the house.

Before we look ahead to a new year of singing together I wanted to reflect on some choir highlights of 2015/2016

September –  moving into our new venue in Devizes.

October – Bringing a bit of Africa to Alton Barnes in the first singing and drumming workshop.

December – Spine-tingling Taize at St Mary Tory and a wonderfully atmospheric Christmas Concert at Edington Priory.

March – Fab food and great rhythms for second Africa workshop at Cooper Hall and singing in a West Gallery church as part of a super Spring Gathering at Biddestone.

April – Raising the roof at the Calne Spring Sing.

May – Rocking an appreciative crowd at a sunny Urchfont Scarecrow Festival.

June – Recording our first CD in a heatwave.

July – Dodging showers and hard work paying off at Sing for Water West in Bath. We raised £1,762.50 – one of the largest amounts of money. Wonderful acoustics in the Saxon Church at the first Singing the Seasons workshop in brilliant sunshine in Bradford on Avon.


Looking ahead I realise it is the ninth year of Sing Alive (crikey, where did that go?). I have chosen lots of great new songs to sing and we’ll be revisiting some old favourites. We will publishing our first CD (more news of this soon) and there are extra opportunities to sing at a series of workshops throughout the year. One date for your Winter diary – our Christmas concert is on Saturday December 10th – an evening event in the United Church Bradford on Avon.

I’m looking forward to this being a splendid singing year.



Term dates and fees are as follows:

  • Autumn/Winter Term 2016
    6th/8th September to 13th/15th December (14 weeks)
    NO SESSION 25th/27 October
  • Dates for the rest of the year are at the bottom of the groups page on the public area of the website.

Memberships fees are paid at the first session of term. Please arrive a little early to help us manage this. Cheques are payable to E S Penlington or online to account number 29319160 sort code 30 90 54.

You may pay by the half term if you wish.

  • Autumn/Winter Fees £98 (£186 for couples/additional family member)
    First half £49 (£93 couples) Second half £49 (£93 couples)

If you are planning to introduce someone to the choir it is ‘try for a fiver’

I will be making song sheets and harmony parts available after the start of term. I will have all the words we need for the first session of term written on the flip chart with some hard copies for those who need one