Singing

Group Leader: Pat Barnett
Telephone: 01777 704154
Email: singing@retford-u3a.org.uk
Meetings: 2nd & 4th Friday of the month @ 10.30am-12:30pm
Venue: Hallcroft Community Centre


From small beginnings, meeting in living rooms and dining rooms, the U3A singing group has expanded to nearly 30 members, and we now meet in Hallcroft Community Centre every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. The good thing about our kind of singing is that you do not need to come to every session, so we usually have about 20 out of the 30 there. We have a good number of men who sing with us, so please men don’t be put off by the thought that you’ll feel out of place. Singing is for everyone! There are very few people who cannot sing, but a lot of people who haven’t done any singing for a long time. We have very experienced singers in our group but we also have those who like singing but don’t feel confident. All are welcome!! With this size of group of singers, the strong voices help the others to join in and enjoy our sessions. We have fun singing!

What do we sing then? Our inspiration comes from the community choir movement around the UK. Many of the people leading community choirs are talented musicians and write great songs for their choirs to sing. Many of these choirs are a cappella – in others words they sing without accompaniment. That is what we do, and we mainly use the songs they write or arrange, because they are just right for the kind of singing we do.

The most important thing about our kind of group is that it is inclusive, so anyone can come and sing with us. We don’t use musical scores (although some of us can read music) and we learn everything by ear. We do have words provided for each song though!

Please come and give our kind of singing a try. Sessions are at Hallcroft Community Centre, on Randall Way, every 2nd and 4th Friday from 10.30 to 12.30.

Here are a couple of recordings of songs that we have recently learned. Just click on the play button to listen:

In an English Country Garden:
Summer is Acomin' In:

Pat Barnett

Co-ordinator