More from Sing for Water North 2017

Janet Swan, our leader, and our choir can feel proud for making Sing for Water North 2017 happen this year. We were all so disappointed to hear that it wouldn’t be happening in Manchester that we decided to get a couple of local choirs together and have a smaller version of the Manchester event here in East Lancashire. The result was that it snowballed and we had 150 registrations and Sing for Water North was up and running. The weather forecast for the day was anything but promising with day long heavy rain on the cards. Thankfully we were allowed to use St James’ Church, Accrington, in the morning for rehearsals and we avoided a soaking. Janet and Olwyn (from Secret Singers Choir) taught us new songs whilst Jules refreshed our memories with songs from last year. Singing with all four parts was amazing and our voices filled the church. 

Lunch was eaten in the church, by most of us, with our dear Diane providing the cabaret, when she stuck the WaterAid temporary tattoo onto her face without reading the instructions. After much giggling, Sarah saved the day and Diane was ready to sing. 

By the time we walked down to Accrington town centre the rain had eased off and we were ready to sing. Despite the weather, a good group of people stopped to listen and the bucket collection went well. It was wonderful to sing in such a big choir which sounded so good even though we’d only had the morning to put all the parts together. We were quite damp by the end. 

Of course the main aim was raising money and we certainly did that. Altogether we have been able to give WaterAid £3,000 so that’s 200 more people with clean water and sanitation.. and all because of our singing. 

Everyone’s photos. 
Diane and Sarah providing the cabaret. 

Soaking Wet for Water Aid.


What a day Sing for Water North 2016 turned out to be. A group of 14 women from Singing for the Soul choir set off from Burnley, on the X43 bus, to join many other choirs to ‘sing for water’, in Albert Square, Manchester. We left Burnley in glorious sunshine, with some of us feeling confident that the sun would continue to shine. However many people turned up, very sensibly, in fleeces and trainers with waterproof jackets whilst the optimists turned up in lightweight macs, short sleeves and even sandals.

We arrived in Manchester to find people were already gathering and, before we knew it, all 300 or so of us sorted ourselves out into our colours, blue for sopranos, purple for altos etc. Olwyn and Jackie lead us from the front and it went so well. It went so well that after ‘Singing in the Rain’ the heavens opened. At first it was fun and it seemed appropriate that it should happen but after a few minutes, glasses were steaming up, rain running down the necks of the optimists and the rest unable to hear properly because their hoods were up, so we had to dash for shelter.
We were undaunted though as Manchester Town Hall came to the rescue and allowed us the privilege of singing inside. People were moved to tears to be a part of such a huge choir, singing in such an amazing place with such fabulous acoustics.

Thanks to Diane Halstead for the short film.
Janet Large also made two recordings of the full songs.
Let the River Run.

At lunchtime it was still raining and we became squatters in the town hall, all sitting in window alcoves, to eat together and laugh, of course. Sarah Nutter was busy with her camera and captured some of the squatters.


Then we were ready to start. We trooped back to Albert Square to find the rain had eased off. Despite the showers we were magnificent. We got through the repertoire almost perfectly .. Then we did them all again.

All recordings can be found here.

The main thing of course was that we were singing for Wateraid. We raised £900 by collecting with buckets on the day and £7,800 in total so far this year.

It’s not too late to give. Just giving.

Why not join us for next year. Fun and good singing guaranteed.

Thank you to everyone involved but especially to Janet Swan who made sure we were all ready for the day, by the giving up of her own time for extra rehearsals and for creating such a great choir, giving everyone a chance to find their voice and be a part of Sing for Water North 2016.


Dates for your diaries

We have a few dates for our diaries in the coming term:

17th May   Singing with the Mothers Union at Worsthorne 

23rd May Singing at Linkbridge with Janet and Shazia

24th May   No choir session

12th June  Sing for Water in Manchester

2nd July.    Flashmob singing at wedding in Oswaldtwistle (12 noon)

12th July.   Last session before summer

Lots to look forward to and enjoy. 

Register for Sing for Water North. 2016.


Registration for Sing for Water North 2016 is now open. Once you register, and donate to Wateraid, you will be able to listen to and practise the various parts for the songs we will sing on the day 12th June, in Manchester. At the moment there are only 4 available but the last two will be uploaded shortly.
The ones available at the moment are amazing and, not wishing to give anything away, we may have to find our Zulu spirit and voices again!

Register here.

The organisers have used a different method to make the songs available and if you use an iPhone or iPad you may need to download the app Google Drive. Please contact me if you are having problems.
Please don’t forget our day in Accrington on March 19th. Book this through Janet.
Message from Janet