‘Singing for Fun’ wows Crowborough crowds

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Crowborough ladies choir “Singing for Fun” surpassed itself at its recent Midsummer Picnic Concert held in All Saints Church, Crowborough.

The concert was held in aid of Hospice in the Weald and raised more than £1,000 from donations and a raffle. The CEO, Rob Woolley, attended the evening and thanked the choir for raising more than £6,000 over the past 10 years.

About 300 people attended with picnics to enjoy a range of music including songs from shows, Call Me Madam and Sister Act and classic ballads by Eve Cassidy, Leonard Cohen, and Frank Sinatra.

The audience appreciated a very humorous musical sketch which opened the second half performed by three choir members, Elsie Williams, Brenda Storer and Gillian Cowling. For the intrigued it can be viewed on the ‘Singing for Fun’ website. For people who enjoy a more gentle tone there was Song of the Night by C H Parry and Music When Soft Voices Die, a poem by Shelley with music by Charles Wood. There were also contributions from soloists Milly Evans; Sam Evans and Jed Grayston; flautist, Claire Owen and a piano duet with Mike Aston and Mary Collins.

Singing for Fun started as an adult education class in 1994 as a 10 week programme. So many enjoyed it they decided to start a group keeping the name intact. It has now grown from 10 to 65 members who have appreciated musical direction from four conductors. Current director Mark Beesley is a professional opera singer and singing teacher with many years’ experience. His engagements include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne. He aims to help the choir achieve the sound and mood each piece requires, helping each member develop their musicality and singing ability.

The choir is non profit making, sings for enjoyment and raises money for charities such as Crowborough Memorial Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis, Folly Wildlife Trust and Sussex Air Ambulance, Mayfield Memorial Hall. Over the last 19 years they have raised approximately £20,000. As well as formal concerts they have sung at The Bluebell Railway, weddings and Crowborough and Hailsham twinning events. To book them contact the secretary at: www.singingforfuncrowborough.com Rehearsals start at 7.30pm on Monday, September 9 at All Saints Church, Chapel Green.