Welcome to the St. Vincent Singers Web site. Our aim here is to provide you with useful information about our choir, what we do, when and where we meet, etc.
The St. Vincent Singers was formed in January 1977. It began as a choir of parents of pupils at St Vincent Community School in Gosport (on the site of the former St Vincent Royal Marine Barracks) who asked if they could form a group to sing ‘just for fun’ and it has been led virtually since its inception by Maureen Swire, MA, LRAM, who was Head of Music at the School (now St Vincent Sixth Form College) and who has been involved in local music for over 50 years (email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 023-9258-3676).
The Singers are a community choir of around 35 members and specialize in entertaining local groups in such places as old peoples homes, hospitals, churches, etc. Around 50 concerts are performed each year, with a particularly busy time at Christmas when, within a 4 to 6 week period, some 30 performances are given. Enthusiasm and dedication, necessary for such a busy programme, rather than vocal ability, are the watchwords of the Singers.
Members provide their own costumes and travel to and from concert venues by their own resources. Fund raising is an important aspect of the Singers’ ethos. Donations are therefore requested from performance venue organisers and these raised a total exceeding £1500 for the 2006 Christmas season. This money, and that raised throughout the year, will in turn be donated to local and national charities.
The Singers meet once a week (Tuesday evenings at 7pm) during term time for practice at St Vincent Sixth Form College, Mill Road (off Forton Road), Gosport, PO12 4QA, (St Vincent College location). Performances often have a theme reflecting an important local or nation event (eg. Trafalgar, Golden Jubilee, etc.) with a mixture of songs from the shows or music hall, but there is also often, especially at Christmas, a religious content and a mini-pantomime.
The Singers have also undertaken travels to places as far away as Switzerland, Germany (several times - see below), Belgium, Holland, Italy, and Ireland, combining a holiday with performances. In July 2006 they visited Pula in Croatia. They are also associated with the Fareham-Pulheim Partnership and a small group usually visit Pulheim, near Cologne, once a year and reciprocate by hosting friends from Pulheim on the return visit.
Anyone who enjoys singing can join. There are no entry qualifications or auditions - enthusiasm, dedication and the ability to transmit enjoyment to others are by far the most important requirements.
Feel free to browse around this site. If you have comments or questions about us, or simply need more information and want to contact us, click on the contact button on any page within this site.
Thanks for visiting the site - we look forward to seeing you as a member of the Singers
or to entertaining you in the near future.