March 2017 - SFP & Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Service
Following the coverage of our achievement in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, we received a letter from the House of Commons:
I spotted the article about Singing For Pleasure in Today's Welwyn Hatfield Times and wanted to get in touch to congratulate you all.
To raise over £200,000 for charity is a truly fantastic achievement and to do so ahead of your schedule is remarkable. I was sorry to read about your husband Cliff passing but he would surely be so proud of you for carrying on your great work.
Please do pass on my best wishes to the whole choir on this great feat.
The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
A Charitable WGC community choir has reached a major fundraising target two years earlier than hoped.
With the collection from their latest performance, Singing For Pleasure ticked over £200,000 raised for local and national charities since the choir was formed in November, 1980. Their target had been to reach the total by their 40th anniversary.
Chairwoman and musical director Glynis Rogers co-founded Singing For Pleasure with her husband Cliff and since his passing in November 2014, has carried on his legacy.
"It has been difficult to carry on without him, but with the help of family, friends and the choir, I've managed to keep it going." Mrs Rogers said.
Singing For Pleasure, which currently has 35 members, have recently raised money for MND Association, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, Isabel Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline.
On Saturday 8th December we will be singing at the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City, raising money for Maiya Barron, a year 10 student at Monk's Walk School who is taking part in the World Challenge 2019 to India and the Himalayas.
The World Challenge is a self funded project and all students taking part are encouraged to raise the cost of the trip by fundraising projects.
Whilst in India, the students will contribute to community development initiatives whilst learning about trditional Tibetan life. They will live and work in rural Rajasthan and high up in the Ladakhi villages. One of the projects undertaken will be working at Shey School, a village school just outside Leh in the Great Himalayan Range.
Our annual summer concert started off with a bang as England beat Sweden in the World Cup Quarter Finals.
The following was published in the Welwyn Hatfield Times on Wednesday July 18th
I was first made aware of Singing For Pleasure by reading about the concert they were performing in WHTimes last July and after seeing them, I was instantly a fan.
So imagine my dismay to find that you made no mention for this year's concert in your newspaper!
Luckily, thanks to other social media sources, I was able to find out where and when this year's concert was.
It just goes to show how popular this choir is, only a couple of seats empty, especially with the hot weather and also England winning against Sweden.
The concert was most enjoyable as always, with a range of songs from ABBA to Tommy Steele.
Further mention must go to soloists Linda Loo, Margaret Washington, Lynn Gibbs and Lesley Stevens, you made 'Just One Person' sounds great.
Also the solo by Glynis Rogers, such a range of voice you have, not only that but you arrange every piece of music that the choir sing.
The duet from Blood Brothers by MD in training Andrew Rogers and Paul Brouwer was also great. After being the only tenor at last year's Nine Lessons and Carols, it was nice to see Paul take more of the spotlight and it was a joy to hear such a rich warm voice.
Since forming in November 1980, Singing for Pleasure has raised so much money for various local and national charities. In 1999, just 18 months short of their 20th birthday, then had reached the total of £100,000.
Flash forward to 2018 and SFP are just £1,300 to go before they reach £200,000 raised, this is before the total from Saturday, July 7's concert has been announced.
Incidentally, with 2020 being not only the 40th birthday of Singing for Pleasure, it is also the 100th anniversary of Welwyn Garden City. Any chance of a joint celebratory concert?
Cameron Marshall, via email
Musical Director in Training Andrew Rogers and Tenor Paul Brouwer celebrated ten years of marriage by renewing their vows at St Mary's Church in Hitchin where Andrew works as Verger.
Singing for Pleasure were on hand to help with the celebrations.
Musical Director Glynis Rogers hands over a cheque for £417.07 raised during our carol singing at the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City.
Unfortuately, due to the weather, we had to postpone this concert.
The heavy snowfall left us with no choice but to reschedule from the 9th December to the 16th.
We had the pleasure of singing traditional carols at St. John the Evangelist Church, Monks Rise, Knightsfield, Welwyn Garden City. Our chosen charity was Essex & Hertfordshire Air Ambulance
Singing For Pleasure had the pleasure of singing at the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City in aid of Herts Domestic Helpline.
Enjoy our version of The First Noel to the music of Pachelbel's Canon in D
Many 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.