Since 2010 Simply Singing has been providing inspiring and inclusive Singing experiences. We make sure everything we do focuses on the health and wellbeing of our members.

We believe singing has massive mental and physical health benefits and that everyone can experience this.

Simply Singing is run by professional musicians who produce high quality and bespoke arrangements of songs. With exceptional teaching and positive reinforcement, Simply Singing’s tried and tested methods establish happy and successful groups.

The Big Sing

In March 2014, four of Simply Singing’s choirs joined together from all over the North to make a choir of 160 people. After one daytime workshop together, the singers were ready to embark on a momentous and memorable evening where they shared and celebrated their joy of singing.

The Big Sing Choir shared the stage with The Formby Band and teenage Soprano Sophie Clark. It was a fabulous night. We laughed and cried, and through all the excitement raised money for The British Heart Foundation.

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Her Majesty the Queen

In December 2011, Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion Theatre to unveil a commemorative plaque, three years after the redesigning and reopening of the new building.

Simply Singing were very proud to have the chance to sing to the Queen that day.

Choral Pavilion were singing ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’, when the Queen made an unexpected stop to listen to us and to say that it was one of her favourite songs. She then continued to talk to us and a few other members of the choir, before she moved on to her other engagements for the day.

An amazing experience that many members of the choir say went down in their books as one of the most special days of their life.

COPD

In 2013 Simply Singing were invited by Health Junction to deliver singing sessions for a Breeze Extended Community based rehabilitation programme for those living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Set in Birkenhead Leisure Centre, Simply Singing sessions were part of a complete package of support for COPD patients including specialist advice from health practitioners, community information, exercise and general self-management of COPD.

The sessions were a great success and we all had lots of fun. The group consisted of both men and women and many of the members made strong friendships, strong enough to follow Simply Singing to the Choral Pavilion Choir after the programme ended.

The singing sessions were shown to improve the quality of life for the members. All workshops were designed to practice and manage controlled breathing, to have fun, to reduce anxiety, to encourage members to venture out and socialise and to encourage members to be a regular part of the Breeze Programme.

Heswall Centre Workshop

The Heswall Day Care Centre provides support for adults with learning and physical difficulties. Simply Singing designed a music workshop for those that access the centre.

We had an amazing, fun filled afternoon. Choral Pavilion were keen to support the cause and many members volunteered to work alongside us within the workshop by either adding harmony to the songs and singing alongside centre users, or just generally supporting the singers.

It was a resounding success. One of the staff there said that he had never seen the service users so engaged and animated. The day touched many Choral Pavilion hearts and we went back to perform for the Day Care Centre later on in the year.

Wild Choir ~ Just So Festival

In 2012 Simply Singing were asked to do a Wild Choir at Cheshire’s three day long Just So Festival set in the beautiful grounds of Rode Hall. We provided singing workshops in the woods for anyone who was willing! There were singers of all ages from babies and toddlers right up to their grandparents. The ‘pop up choir’ then performed to the festival goers.

The opportunity to sing outside and amongst the trees was inspiring, and has enthused Simply Singing to plan more activities where people can experience the feeling of singing in areas of natural beauty.

Olympic Torch

Simply Singing and Choral Pavilion were delighted to be chosen to play a big part in the celebrations for the Olympics in 2012. The country came alive with festivities and events in support of the Torch relay route as it covered 8,000 miles on its journey through every nation and region in the UK.

On June 1st the Olympic torch travelled along the Mersey and past Liverpool’s two cathedrals. On this beautiful sunny day, Choral Pavilion sang out loud and proud at the steps of the Birkenhead Town Hall. As the flame went past and the crowds cheered we were very happy to be contributing to the party atmosphere and glad to support such a fantastic International sporting event.

Bridgewater Hall Festival

For Summer 2014, Simply Singing delivered a workshop for the Bridgewater Hall Summer Festival Programme.

150 people participated, and had never sung together before! In one hour, all members of the choir were warmed up, taught 2 songs of differing styles and then marched out in to the Hall to perform what they had learnt to the rest of the Festival goers.

It was a fun and vibrant day, and some participants had so much fun that they have now joined other Simply Singing Choirs.

Wirral Hospice

Simply Singing and Choral Pavilion organised a fundraising event with Wirral Hospice St John’s at Heswall Hall.

Wirral Hospice is a vital and worthwhile organisation that warmly welcomes people with progressive illness. It was an honour to be able to help raise money for such an important charity. A local school band and music group were also on stage and Choral Pavilion raised the roof with their usual exuberant performance.