March 2017 - SFP & Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Service
We are the guest choir at this wonderful event this Sunday, 10th December at 4pm. Come along and join in with the singing of traditional carols at St. John the Evangelist Church, Monks Rise, Knightsfield, Welwyn Garden City. The chosen charity is Essex & Hertfordshire Air Ambulance
May thanks to all who came and supported us for this concert. Just over £500 was raised for Marie Curie.
All the choir has a fun evening performing, however, the icing on the cake was a letter written to Welwyn Hatfield Times thanking us for the concert:
Thank you for a superb concert
I would just like to publicly thank Singing For Pleasure for a wonderful concert on Saturday just gone (1st July).
I noticed the article about the concert in your issue dated (14th June) and decided to go along.
There weren’t many seats left when I arrived and looking around during the concert, I think I spotted only five empty chairs, which is a note to myself to turn up earlier next time.
The music was fun and varied across many genres but there are a few songs that I would like to bring attention to:
The first piece is the mash-up of Ave Maria with I Believe. What an amazing combination! I found out after the concert that Musical Director, Glynis Rogers also arranges every piece of music that the choir sings, so kudos to you Mrs Rogers!
Just One Person was a lovely song that I remember from my childhood watching The Muppet Show, again the arrangement was great starting with a soloist, then adding voice by voice until the whole choir was singing together.
The final song that I wish to mention is Bridge Over Troubled Water. Thank you Simon Cowell for your ‘celebrity’ version of this classic song in aid of the Grenfell Tower Appeal, but I will stick to Singing For Pleasure’s version. It sounded like that every single word of this meant something to every member of the choir.
Many thanks once again to Singing For Pleasure and I look forward to your next concerts!
SFP had the pleasure of singing at St Mary's Church, Hitchin for the renewal of wedding vows of Gary & Isobel Nation.
An afternoon tea was held to officially celebrate 35 years of Singing For Pleasure.
Glynis paid tribute to Cliff during the tea party, noting him as the driving force behind Singing For Pleasure.
The choir surprised Glynis with a song dedicated to the hard work she & Cliff had put into running the choir for so long. All this was kept secret from Glynis, Andrew managed to get the choir a couple of hours rehearsal while Glynis was in America visiting family.
"Just One Person" was originally written for 'Snoopy!!! The Musical'.
The lyrics describe how, if just one person believes in you, then that belief will spread to others and it has been proven to work.
Glynis & Cliff believed in the idea of a choir that didn't need any auditions to join and that would help to raise money through their love of music.
That belief spread from the original members of the choir to the present company 35 years later.
Sadly Cliff didn't live long enough to see these celebrations, but his legacy will live on through Singing For Pleasure for hopefully many more years to come.
Welwyn & Hatfield Times
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
A fundraising mixed choir is staging a charity concert in WGC next week.
Singing For Pleasure will be performing at St John's Church in Monk's Rise, Off Knightsfield, on Saturday June 18 at 7.30pm.
Now in its 36th year of fundraising for local and national charities, the choir has raised more than £170,000 to date.
A spokeswoman said: "We present a varied programme of light-hearted songs and some popular classics."
"There's something there for everyone."
There will be refreshments and a raffle on June 18.
No tickets are required but there will be a retiring collection.
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Rennie Grove Hospice Care in St Albans.