Forthcoming sessions

This week’s update relates to December / Christmas sessions (see below) and is a reminder that you are all very welcome to attend the final performance about Ethel on 22 November at 7.30 at The Civic Arts Centre in Oswaldtwistle. Jackie, Sarah and Margot will be singing as part of the choir so if you want to go along and support, please let Janet know asap if you would like tickets.

“In the mood for Christmas” – this is what we are calling our sessions in December. We really hope that everyone will come along for some fun, games and nibbles – oh and also some singing! If you have a favourite carol or winter song, please do bring it along next week (19th November) so that there is time to sort out music / words before our sessions in December. These sessions will be “choir led”, so if you have ideas for other activities please bring those too. Some nibbles will be provided, but if you want to bring anything else to share please do. We will also have a box for donations in lieu of everyone giving everyone else a Christmas card. As usual, the proceeds will be spent on contributions for the food bank

So please note forthcoming dates:

 Tuesdays in November – led as normal by Janet (and part of the 6 week block)
 3 December – NO CHOIR THIS WEEK
 10 and 17 December – choir led sessions. Cost £5 (if you come on the 10th and the 17th you don’t have to pay twice).

Coming up to the end of the year

We will be reminding ourselves of some lovely seasonal songs over the next few weeks – Janet has picked a few of our favourites and a few to make us laugh. We will be meeting as normal until the end of November (the end of our 6 week block) and then paying half price for two one off sessions. These dates will be in December and are being run by Karen to include seasonal songs, games and some nibbles on at least one of the Tuesdays!

Songs for this week!

This week, let’s remind ourselves of how much we love coming to this choir by singing a song from our past, learning a new song together and doing something a bit quirky to make us laugh. So choir this week will be a lovely mix of a very old favourite (a song from War Horse), a very new song and our usual daft warm ups. I’m sure we will have a really heart warming session!

Choir back tomorrow 22nd October

Hope you all had a good break last week. We start our next six week block tomorrow  and will be covering our usual, delightful mixture, of songs to learn.  We will meet at the usual time 7pm, at Brierfield Library.

Please don’t forget you have the opportunity to pay for a six week block if you find that more convenient. It does help the choir and admin but weekly payments are fine too.

The dates for the rest of this year are as follows.

22/10/19 to 26/11/19 (6 weeks – with an option of an extra couple of weeks if you would like to sing carols and winters songs, with Karen on the guitar, during December)


Singing for Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

The choir is having a break on Tuesday 15th October but please read on for some interesting news!

Throughout this year we have been learning songs about looms, songs about the July Wakes and songs inspired by the amazing local writer Ethel Carnie Holdsworth.

If you know the songs (see below) you are very welcome to join in with the singing. Alternatively we would love you to be part of the audience! The details of the concerts are below (and in brackets the arrangements for those who are singing as you will need to rehearse with the rest of the singers) :

  1. The main event is the special concertall about Ethel on Friday 22November at The Civic Theatre in Oswaldtwistleat 7.30. (Anyone who is wishing to sing should get there at 6.45 and also attend the same venue on Thursday 21st November at 7.30 for the dress rehearsal).
  2. If you preferyou could join us on Saturday 26 October at Accrington Library 2.00 til 3.30. This is going to be similar to the performance we gave at Downham Village Hall. (Anyone who is wishing to sing should get there at 1.00).

The songs are

  • The weaver and the Factory Maid (aka The loom goes click /clack),
  • Sister my Sister, She’s walking with me
  • Jane Power’s song – Universal Life
  • Gitika Partington’s song – Life – as learned on 8 October

All songs will be covered in coming weeks and can be learned by listening to sound files on the Clarion Choir website – Janet will text you the username and password if you get in touch using this email


Kathleen’s Wedding.

Congratulations to choir member Kathleen who married Bill last week.  It was a privilege for us to sing at your wedding.



Singing for the Soul. You sang so beautifully at Kathleen’s wedding, that you made me very proud. I had lots of comments afterwards about how special it was, how uplifting and how it made everyone smile.


Taster Session

Tomorrow we have a free taster session at Singing for the Soul. We sing beautiful, soulful songs and make a great healing sound. Every thought you couldn’t sing? Think again!  Please share to anyone you think you would like to have a go. All women are welcome and it’s FREE for all newcomers!


Choir dates for your diary.

Choir will be back very soon (3 September), and there are some other dates for your diaries (including dates for 2020!): 

Singing at the Blackley Centre – 12 October 2019. Jo Williams (formerly of Sion) has asked if some of us can go over to support the launch event she is having for her newly refurbished  centre. It will be a free singing workshop and all are welcome to come and join me. 

More singing relating to the amazing Ethel and chance to polish the songs we learnt in the summer.  Rehearsal on Saturday 16 November(daytime) and performances on Weds 20 Novemberand Friday 22 November  (both starting at approx 6 pm). 

Anyone who wants to sing as a pirate in a pantomime,  (first 2 weeks of January 2020), please contact

Minsteracres is now confirmed for 16-18 October 2020

End of term celebration

Janet is doing her usual elderflower and nibbles tomorrow (16th July) – please come if you can. There will also be singing and a bit of dicussion from what we were talking about last week (if you weren’t there and haven’t seen the email from Jackie please let us know so that we can send you the information – but all of you have been so supportive! Thank you!)