We are incredibly lucky this year to have become the Saddleworth Singers charity partner for 2018. The group choose a charity to support each year and have raised significant amounts of money in the past through holding 3 or 4 social events for their members each year. Every year, more people are facing problems with their mental health. TOG Mind work to ensure that they can offer help to anyone that needs it. We are very grateful to be chosen and we can’t wait to work with the enthusiastic Saddleworth Singers team!
The group’s first fundraising activity will be a Zumba®, Cake and Chat Afternoon on the 24th March 2018! Make sure to get to Springhead Community Centre from 2pm to take part, test out your dance moves, and then follow it up with some fabulous cake and a good natter!
Founded 30 years ago by Mary Bradshaw the choir is a big part of the community and some of the founding members are still part of the choir today. The choir is mixed ages and abilities and prides itself on not using music copies when performing. The group have grown from 15 to 60 members since its conception 30 years ago and now perform in incredible venues such as the Civic Hall in Uppermill.
From ABBA to Adele, madrigals to musicals and the great composers to those of the 21st Century, the choir has a varied and diverse range to choose from. The group are joined by the very experienced and talented accompanist Rachael Gibbon who also plays the clarinet and an enthusiastic Musical Director, Hilary Henderson, who regularly adds new music to retain the freshness and vocal stimulation required to help the choir get better and better. Hilary has an enviable reputation and is highly respected and regarded not only by the choir, but by the local community as well.
Their upcoming summer concert will be on Friday 6th July with guests Phoenix Brass. Not one to be missed, so make sure to get it into your diary! The concert starts 7:30pm at the Civic Hall.
Sylvie, Chairwoman of the Saddleworth Singers Committee said:
“…there is a camaraderie that is hard to beat and a love of music which we can almost touch every time we sing together. We truly believe that no matter what your worries or stresses, you cannot worry or stress at the same time you are singing! Each Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30, we close the door and leave whatever else is going on in our world outside. Our breathing exercises also help us to be calm and enjoy the evening together.”
The choir practice on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm at the Springhead Community Centre. They are currently looking to fill 4 vacancies, so if this sounds like your cup of tea, get in contact with group on their Facebook: facebook.com/saddleworthsingers.
Community partnerships such as this are so important for us at Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind to not only raise vital funds for our services but to help us share what we can offer and sign post those groups out in the community to what help they and their members can access. If you’ve been inspired by this story and are interested in running your own event, or if you just want to donate; contact fundraising [at] togmind.org (subject: Saddlesworth%20Singers%20Article%20Enquiry) . For more information about TOG Mind and the services we offer you can visit our website or you can call 0161 330 9223 where we are always happy to help.