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: mo@moswire.me.uk or tel. 023-9258-3676).  Maureen is also the organist at St Columba’s United Reformed Church, having started playing for the Church in 1957

The Singers are a community choir of around 35 members and have for the last 40 years specialized in entertaining local groups in such places as old peoples homes, hospitals, churches, etc.  Around 50 concerts have been are performed each year, with a particularly busy time at Christmas when, within a 4 to 6 week period, some 30 performances were are given.  Enthusiasm and dedication, necessary for such a busy programme, rather than vocal ability, were are the watchwords of the Singers.  However, time marches on and, from May 2018, the Singers will not give any further public performances.

Members have provided their own costumes and travelled to and from concert venues by their own resources.  Fund raising is has been an important aspect of the Singers’ ethos.  Donations have been are therefore requested from performance venue organisers and these have raised significant sums over the years.  At the closing of our funds in March 2018 we were very pleased to be able to donate a total of over 4000 to two well-deserving local charities. 

The Singers still meet once a week (Tuesday evenings at 7pm) during term time for fellowship and singing at St Columba’s United Reformed Church, Elson Road, Gosport, PO12 4BW (St Columba’s location).  Whilst performances are now limited, we still enjoy meeting up and singing, mostly just for the pleasure of it

Anyone who enjoys singing can still join.  There are no entry qualifications or auditions - enthusiasm and fellowship are now by far the most important requirements.

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 were also associated with the Fareham-Pulheim Partnership and a small group has visited Pulheim, near Cologne, several times and reciprocated by hosting friends from Pulheim on the return visit.


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