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Sing Out! Yoxford.

A community choir in the Suffolk village of Yoxford.

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About Us

SING OUT! is a community choir. We are a relaxed and friendly choir and have been running since 2013.

We are based in Yoxford and draw choir members from many surrounding villages. We are currently over forty strong with a good mix of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. We sing a mix of music to suit all voices; there is something for everyone. Some of us read music but many of us don't. You don't have to be an expert singer, all you need is a love of singing. There are no auditions and all are welcome.

We are a sociable group and besides our rehearsals and performances we arrange the occasional get together. The first Monday of the month we gather in the local pub after rehearsal and we always have a post-performance party. Many long-lasting friendships have been made through the choir.

Singing To Raise Money For Charity

We have raised nearly £4,500 over the past four years for charities nominated by choir members including Brains Trust, Suffolk Mind, Parkinson’s and Marie Curie.

Rehearsals

We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (term time) at Yoxford Primary School, High Street, Yoxford, IP17 3EU. Come along and try us out for free! Either just come along or if you email us to let us know to expect you we will ensure one of our committee members is there to welcome you. If you like us and want to become part of the choir there is a £4 charge for each session.

The Health Benefits of Singing

There are numerous health benefits to singing too! Research has shown that singing improves mood, lowers blood pressure, gives a sense of community and all whilst having great fun!

‘The only thing better than singing is more singing’ - Ella Fitzgerald

Musical Director
Gretel Dowdeswell

Gretel Dowdeswell

Gretel is a classically-trained pianist and has won numerous national and international awards in chamber music.

Her extensive experience in performance and teaching has led her into a wide-ranging career encompassing solo piano and ensemble work, school teaching, examining for the ABRSM and, more recently choral directing. In 2016, she co-founded RMI (Rural Music Initiative) along with Megan Peel, an experienced singer and teacher. RMI currently delivers half-term Musical Theatre Workshops and GCSE music courses and provides academic and practical support for local talented musicians.

Gretel has been working with the choir since 2016. “The choir has gone from strength to strength. It is a genuine community with members enjoying the social atmosphere whilst also learning and being challenged along the way. I thoroughly enjoy working with them”

News

It’s concert time!

Sing Out! performed in Yoxford and Westleton in July. Both concerts were in aid of charity, in Yoxford over £800 was raised for the charity REACT and in Westleton over £300 was raised for the Church. We are all enormously grateful for the generosity of our audience and for making a difference to these two deserving charities. The evening started with a roof raising rendition of Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and culminated in a much applauded version of Never Enough from The Greatest Showman. The individual group acts and solos were show stoppers too. Well done everyone for such successful concerts. We’ll be back rehearsing in September.

July Concert Dates Announced

Double the entertainment: time to get your diary out as we have two concerts scheduled in July 2019. On 13 July we will perform at St Peter’s Church, Yoxford and on 20 July we will perform at St Peter’s Church, Westleton. This will be our first concert in Westleton and we are eager and proud to be invited there. Both concerts commence at 7.30 pm. Admission is free with donations to charity/the Church. Come along for an enjoyable and fun evening with time to share a glass of wine and socialise after the concert.

Only You

Made famous by Yazoo, Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke, in 1982 ‘Only You’ is the latest song added to the SingOut! song book. Arranged by our very own Rob Nunn it promises to be a popular hit at our summer concerts in 2019.

Many Happy Returns

The choir celebrates a five year anniversary in January 2019! Time to dust off our party gear and have some fun. Since starting the choir has gone from strength to strength with many original members still coming along to rehearsals and performances. It is great to see so many familiar faces but also wonderful to see the many newer members too.

Performances

We perform twice a year at St Peter's Church in Yoxford and also perform other concerts in local churches.

Dates for our Christmas concerts will be published in due course.

Our most recent past performances

July 2019

St Peter's, Yoxford.

July 2019

St Peter's, Yoxford.

December 2018

St Peter's, Yoxford.

December 2018

St Peter's, Theberton.

July 2018

St Peter's, Yoxford.

July 2018

St Peter's, Wenhaston.

Reviews and Comments

Chrissie Morris

"A varied repertoire which sends you home singing!"

St. Peters Church, Wenhaston

"A wide repertoire of songs, some beautiful singing, a packed Church. Altogether a very enjoyable evening helped along with wine and nibble in the interval! Thank you so much SING OUT YOXFORD for all that and for helping us to raise substantial funds for St Peter’s Church at our concert in July 2018."

Mike Wells

"I joined the SING OUT YOXFORD Choir in 2018 after attending and being impressed by their performances. I could tell that all the members enjoyed participating and also that the choir’s repertoire allowed for a variety of levels of ability."