Hello and Welcome to the Home Page of the Sans Pareil Singers!
The SPS was set up as a Community Choir, by Andrew and Vicki Young in 2009. Its members are from all walks of life and all ages (30's - 80's) with different degrees of expertise in singing.
Singing, we believe is good for the Body and the Soul and we all enjoy our rehearsals which take place each Wednesday night, at All Saints Church, Church Row, Hurworth, starting at 7.30pm. There are no auditions and if you wish to join us you will be made very welcome. Andy says that if you turn up, that is your audition.. and you've passed it! So, come along any Wednesday evening and see what we get up to.
We are a mixed choir and currently have around 68 members, having welcomed several new singers since our return from the Summer break. Our membership fee of £84 per Annum can be paid, Monthly, Weekly, Quarterly or Annually; in Cash, by Cheque or Standing order. We are, as you can see, very flexible! Our Ethos is, if you Want to sing, you are able to sing. We sing for our own enjoyment, to give pleasure to others and to enjoy the company and friendship of our fellow members. In our Concerts we do all of these plus raise money for good causes. We aim to make our rehearsals light-hearted and enjoyable. If you don't know the words, or are not sure of the tune, just join in anyway; we really don't mind too much. Andy is a primary school teacher and is extremely patient with us!
We can and have performed in small, private concerts, large public concerts; At weddings, funerals, christenings, etc. We enjoy singing alongside other local choirs, especially during our Anniversary and Christmas Concerts. Our music is very variable; from Abba to Lloyd Webber, and from Beethoven to Beatles. Why not visit the music page and listen to one or two of our songs? Have a 'gander' at our Forthcoming Events too.
If you are interested in joining us, or in booking us for a function, I hope you will find all the information you need on this website.
If you wish to make any enquiries, or book a concert, wedding etc., you can email us, using the CONTACT US page, which will enable you to send your messages to the relevant email address.
Publicity Co-Ordinator on behalf of all members of SPS
So, mid way between the end of the Summer break and the bustle of Christmas Concerts! Last month's EGM went well and soon there will be copies of both the updated Constitution and Code of Practice on this web site along with the 'Mug Shots' poster of the present committee members. As always, if there are any comments or suggestions about anyrthing SPS, please contact either your Section leader or a committee member.
We have been practicing our Christmas programme since the return to All Saints in September.There are new and familiar songs in the pack with a good variety of composers, including our own SPS duo; Paul and Eve with their 'Ring out the Bells' Christmas song. Something for all of our audiences to enjoy and us to get out 'teeth' into. A big Thank You to Ken (and wife Carol) for putting all of our Christmas music into mp3 and Sibelius format, so that there's no excuse now for us NOT knowing our own melodies.
We have also been very pleased to see new recruits to the choir itself.. Ladies AND men! Welcome to all of them. I hope they enjoy singing with us and help to make our music even More powerful!
Back to the Present... Dates to put in your diary:
Wednesday 6th December
St Mary's Church, Norton.
Wednesday December 13th
All Saints Church, Hurworth.
Saturday February 24th 2018
Heighington WI Celebration.
Heighington Village Hall.
Saturday April 28th 2018,
SPS Anniversary Concert.
Dolphin Centre Darlington Town Centre.
Saturday June 9th 2018 (afternoon)
Elm Ridge Garden party.
Conniscliffe Road, Darlington.
Friday June 22nd 2018 (To be confirmed)