Saturday, 12 December 2015

December 2015

What a great turnout we had again this month!

December is always a tricky month, with so much going on, so it was wonderful to see such a healthy number of singers who were up for fun and happy to take a break from Christmas stress.

The link to Chris's recording is below, together with links to versions of Kolo Kolola and Byla Cesta.

December Songs

Them Mushrooms - Kolo kolola

Byla Cesta

Our next session is 16th January and it will be lovely to see you all, well-rested after your Christmas break !!? when we can leave the carols and seasonal songs behind and concentrate on the new year ahead, with some wonderful songs from around the world.

All that is left now, is for me to wish you all, from "us" a very Merry Christmas, doing whatever makes you happy and we look forward to singing with you in 2016.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Singing on Saturday - Don't be late!

Hello Everyone,

Christmas is around the corner and I just wanted to remind you that our last SingWiv of the 2015 is THIS SATURDAY 5th December at 2.00.  I can't wait. We had such a blast last month.

Come and relax before the madness of the season descends. it will be lovely to see you all and expect to sing some lovely songs from around the globe (but definitely not Jingle Bells).

I also need to tell you that there is currently a road diversion in place in Wivenhoe,  which will continue until next March, which prevents you entering Wivenhoe past the entrance to the University. The official diversion is through Arlesford, but there are other alternatives such as Keelars Lane. Turn left at the traffic lights towards Brightlingsea and either follow the full diversion through Arlesford or take the third turning on the right down Keelars Lane, then right at the end. Both routes bring you into Wivenhoe at the bottom of Rectory Hill.

At present Elmstead Road, down by the Football Club is still open right through, but I don't know how long this will still be the case.  Either way, please allow plenty of time to get to the Scout Hall. Trains and buses are not currently affected.

It really is not too much of a problem at present. It can be a bit tricky if you decide to cut through the housing estate at the back of Vine Parade - lots of parked cars to contend with, but speaking as someone who has to get in and out of Wivenhoe several times a day, its not too bad.

If you want to look at a map of the diversion you can find one on Chris Rowbury's website. I couldn't persuade my computer to copy the link.

Do come and share in a bit of pre-Christmas fun and bring a friend or two.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

November 2015 - WOW!

What a great session!

If you weren't there last Saturday you missed a real treat. SUCH a turnout and SUCH a great sound.

Hear the evidence here, together with a little bit of background information (and another version) of that beautiful song, Haere mai.

November Songs

Haere mai

Fantastic stuff.

We are really looking forward to seeing you again on 5th December, for a jolly good sing and a mince pie! Bring your friends and family. The more the merrier!

Best Wishes


Monday, 2 November 2015

Saturday 7th November. Come one, come all.

What a fab session last month.

Here we are again folks! Its almost time for our regular vocal trip around the globe.

We sing out on Saturday with SingWiv at 2.00, 7th November, as usual in Wivenhoe Scout Hut.

Please arrive early enough to book in, so that we can start promptly at 2.00 and take advantage of our full session.

Bring you friends, your family and your sworn enemies (you don't have to stand next to them if you don't want to) and lets make an even bigger and better sound.

See you then!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

October 2015 songs for your delectation.

Wow! What a session. Great number, great songs and really great singing. Well done all and thank you Chris.

We sang a Russian song in Greek (Did you get in touch with your inner Russian? ), a favourite South African coming of age song  and a Negro Spiritual that just has to be my favourite of  this session."Oh Freedom". It is positively lush!

Here is the proof - a link to the recordings.

Enjoy!  We look forward to seeing you all again next month on 7th November.


Monday, 5 October 2015

A timely reminder!

Here we are again Folks.  Our next session is
                                                  THIS SATURDAY.
 I need to remind you that we have to keep numbers up if we are to continue into the new year. We had an excellent start to the singing season, so please come along on Saturday p.m. and bring as many as you can muster. Look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

September 2015


What a blast we had at our September SingWiv. Chris certainly doesn't believe in easing us in gently after our summer break, does he?

We did really well and here is the proof!  September songs

Click on the links to hear recordings of our songs and also a little extra from Chris - 

a youtube clip of the Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri rainforest.

If you listen carefully, you can hear them singing the words Ama beli

I think you will all agree, it was a most enjoyable afternoon, with great numbers and a good number of new singers. 

We look forward to seeing you all again on October 10th, same time same place and there's room for more, so  bring a friend or two.


Saturday, 5 September 2015

SingWiv, this Saturday, 12th September. 2.00

Hi All,

We've missed you.
We 're back this coming Saturday (12th September) at the usual time of 2.00, in the usual place, Wivenhoe Scout Hut.
We look forward to singing with you, your loved ones, your not-so-loved ones and anyone else who loves to sing in glorious unaccompanied harmony
with the inimitable Chris Rowbury leading from the off.
See you then!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

YAY, WE'RE BACK (but where did summer go?)

Hello Singing People,

Hope you have had a lovely summer. 

Now it's time to get back to reality and back to our monthly singing sessions with Chris. Hoorah! I hear you cry. 

Yes, we have booked the hall until next June, so we are raring to go ahead with our next few months workshops, which commence on SATURDAY 12th SEPTEMBER at 2.00.

Put it in your diary now and lets have a really good start to the term. You are guaranteed songs that will warm your heart, calm the soul and cheer you up whatever the weather throws at us.





Wednesday, 10 June 2015

June 2015: small is sometimes beautiful ;-)

Just a dozen of us got along to June's session which clashed with distractions such as glorious sunshine and two annual events, Wivenhoe Regatta and Art on the Railings!

We learned songs from the Caribbean and Georgia and our teacher Chris Rowbury's own arrangement of the Marvin Gaye hit, 'Heard it through the grapevine'.

Listen to our recordings here and here are some real Georgians singing Suliko

Chris is back at SingWiv on 12 September after the summer break.

Friday, 29 May 2015

April 2015 & May 2015 recordings

Here are the recordings from SingWiv sessions in April and May this year including songs from Africa, Russia and Devon! We do get about the world at SingWiv.

Last session before the summer break is 6 June, then Chris is back with us on 12 September. Anyone can join in any time, so if you want to try singing in a group just for fun then come along!

Friday, 27 March 2015

March 2015: third Library gig!

Here are the songs we learned in March and performed in Wivenhoe Library at the end of the workshop. Includes Tumbai which singers and audience learned together.


Next month's session is on April 11th, all welcome.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

February 2015: Fab Feb Songs & Sing Out in March

Here are February's recordings. Pretty good going for an afternoon's work - 27 of us including half a dozen newcomers \o/

Next month we'll be singing out towards the end of the session. Come and join in the workshop or just come to the library to hear us!

For more info on singing workshops and more, see Chris Rowbury's website.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Singing Is A Guy Thing! Ipswich 28th Feb

Come to SingWiv in March or April with a male friend/partner who has been to this workshop and one of you gets in FREE!!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

January 2015: Tis Not All About The Singing You Know

It's also about the cuppa & chat ;-)

Nearly 30 singers this month, with 12 new faces. We learned 4 new songs from scratch in around 2 hours! 

A great start to the Newish Year \o/ 

Click here to listen to January's recordings