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MD Jeff moves on to pastures new

After ten years at the helm, culminating in our fantastic 10th Anniversary Concert last June, our MD, Jeff Hocking, is moving on from Teignmouth Sings. He now wishes to focus on his love of musical theatre.

Under Jeff’s leadership, Teignmouth Sings has grown from small beginnings to a 100-strong membership. Over the years, as a result of Jeff’s encouragement and musical influence, the quality and standard of the singing from choir members has developed considerably.

In recognition of Jeff’s time with the choir, a presentation was made at a recent rehearsal. We all wish him well.

Following in his footsteps, as our new MD, is Lydia Sweet (formerly our accompanist).

Outgoing MD Jeff Hocking and Chair Martin Young.


Rowcroft Presentation February 2020

Following the great success of our Family Christmas Concert, some of our choir members visited Torquay Rowcroft Hospice, to present a donation of £1594.75.

The group were given a warm welcome and a tour of the facilities; a beautiful, peaceful setting, in which the charity undertake an outstanding role in the South West.

Senior Community Fundraising Officer, Debbi Shotton (centre) receiving the donation for Rowcroft Hospice.



Christmas is Here!

Our second Christmas Family Concert was held at St Michael’s Church on the afternoon of 7th December, in front of an audience of nearly 300 people. After expenses, almost £1600 was raised for Rowcroft Hospice, and a further £150 from the interval refreshments, for St Michael’s Church Fund. A huge thank you to all who attended!

Some new pieces were included in the programme, alongside old favourites for audience participation. Although most were Christmas songs, the inclusion of ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin, and ‘World in Union’ were received well.

We opened the concert with the popular ‘I will Follow Him’ from the film Sister Act. A new piece for us, it begins very gently, then by way of contrast livens up with a gospel beat. Also new this time was ‘We all Stand Together’, which raised hilarity as Lydia donned her ‘frog’ hat!

During the performance, each of the sections in the choir sang a piece of their choosing. The Sopranos sections performed a catchy and upbeat three part harmony ‘Tidings of Comfort and Joy’, based on ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’. Tenors and Basses enjoyed singing and performing the rhythmic ‘African Noel’. For the Alto section, it was the quiet and thoughtful ‘Mary’s Child’.  As is now tradition, Colin, from our Tenor section, sang ‘The Christmas Song’.

‘Star Carol’ and a new version of ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ were two further pieces learnt for this performance. Both of these were tricky pieces to learn, but sound wonderful!

A huge thank you to Lydia, our leader for this term, to our accompanist, Roger, and everyone involved in helping in anyway. Well done to all!

We can see this event fast becoming a Teignmouth Sings tradition!

RNLI Presentation October 2019

Every year, Teignmouth Sings chooses charities to support with funds raised at our performances. We also nominate a charity to receive funds from donations made by choir members for their refreshments at rehearsals. During 2018-19, the RNLI was chosen to receive the refreshment donations.

Some of our members met recently with representatives from Teignmouth RNLI. A donation to the value of £406.18 was made, and the presentation photographs are below.

Special thanks go to choir members Trish, for organising our rehearsal refreshments during break every week, and to Louie, who helps set up refreshments beforehand.

Martin Young presenting the cheque to RNLI representatives. Louie tries a helmet on for size!

Trish, back row, far left, and Louie, front row second from right.

Choir members are given a tour of the lifeboat station.

Teignmouth Sings out at its 10th Anniversary Concert!

Congratulations to Teignmouth Sings on their 10th Anniversary concert, attended by their founder David Roberts, who travelled specially from Wales. We were treated to a vibrant and varied concert….. it was so good to hear more modern songs alongside old favourites. The quality of singing and the obvious excitement of the choir shone through. ‘Whistle down the Wind’ was especially poignant, starting with a few original members, with the rest of the choir then joining in, showing how far they have come. This was a really uplifting evening, thank you! (Written by member of the audience who watched the performance. High praise indeed!)

“The best concert you’ve ever done!” was a comment repeated by a number of those in the audience.“I was spellbound” was another. Well deserved praise for the seventy members of Teignmouth Sings on stage, MD Jeff Hocking and accompanists Lydia and Roger, for this special celebration.

What a resounding success the evening was for Teignmouth Sings, at their 10th Anniversary Concert. The repertoire was chosen to reflect the breadth of music sung from when the choir was founded in 2009, to new pieces, learnt particularly for this performance.

From the opening medley, ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’,  to the closing favourite, ‘Les Miserables’, the audience showed their appreciation with energetic applause. It was obvious that everyone performing and watching were enjoying themselves.

Highlights along the way included moving performances of ‘You Raise Me Up’, from the Soprano section and ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, from the Altos. The Tenors and Basses had great fun singing ‘Drive My Car’, and their enjoyment was infectious. This was also true of Colin’s ‘The Lady is a Tramp’.

The second set opened with the impressive choral piece ‘Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi’, sung to a high standard, in six part harmony. ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ was one of the original pieces learnt. Those who have been members of Teignmouth Sings since 2009 opened the song as a small group, along with founder David Roberts. The whole choir then joined in to finish the piece. This clearly showed the growth and development of the choir. Outstanding!

This certainly was a celebration for Teignmouth Sings, with funds of over £1000 raised for MIND. Well done and thank you to all involved and those who came to enjoy the performance.

Fun at the Christmas Family Concert!

Our first Christmas Family Concert, held at St Michael’s Church on 1st December, was well received by all. The informality of the performance, along with choosing to hold it during the afternoon, proved popular. The audience, of more than 250, raised in excess of £1500 for Rowcroft Hospice, and a further £150 for St Michael’s Window Restoration Fund. What a fantastic achievement!

The choir had learnt a number of new pieces for this performance, and sang those with enthusiasm. These were interspersed with favourites from previous years. In addition, for the first time, songs particularly chosen for audience participation, encouraged children to play percussion instruments.

The afternoon began with a rousing ‘Celebration Canon’ by Mozart. The audience appreciated new additions of popular songs, including ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘A Million Dreams’. Both of these were chosen to appeal to all ages, and they certainly did.

The repertoire allowed smaller groups to sing during the concert. The Sopranos sections performed John Rutter’s beautiful ‘Angels Carol’ with grace and feeling. A further emotive piece, ‘The Coventry Carol’ was sung by small group of Alto and soprano members, in part a cappella. Colin, from our Tenor section, by way of contrast, performed a light hearted and enjoyable ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’.

‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth’ and ‘Gaelic Blessing’ were two further pieces learnt for this performance. Both of these have wonderful harmonies. They contrasted the upbeat Gospel song, ‘Halle, Halle, Halle’, the opening song of the second set, accompanied by choir member, Helen setting the beat on the drum.

Audience comments ere very favourable: “Wow! Maybe the start of a new tradition of having a regular family concert at Christmas…”; ” You’ve come alive-we found it an exciting and wonderful event.”; “We were due to leave at the interval to go to a party, but were enjoying it so much that we stayed for the end.”; “Best concert to date!”; “We really enjoyed the rather less formal and more relaxed atmosphere.”

A huge thank you to Lydia, our leader for this term and concert, to our accompanists, Roger and Helen, and everyone involved in helping in anyway. Great teamwork by all of us!

Singing our hearts out!

Article from Dawlish Post 1st March 2019


What a Show! 2018 Summer Charity Performance at the Riviera

What a show!

Teignmouth Sings once again provided a wonderful evening of song at the Riviera. A mix of new songs and those from the past repertoire, all performed to a high standard, were enjoyed by all. Throughout the evening, there was rapturous applause from the audience.

The first set began and ended with confident renditions of medleys from the musicals: ‘Oliver’ and ‘Mamma Mia’. Songs from varied genres including ‘One Love’, ‘Moon River’ and ‘Unchained Melody’ (sung in three part harmony by the Alto section) added to the occasion.

After the interval, a rousing medley of Irving Berlin songs (‘America’), was well received, as were the two following, from West Side Story. The set continued, and Tenor, Colin, sang ‘September in the Rain’, accompanied by Musical Director, Jeff Hocking. The evening concluded with a medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs, to the delight of the audience.

Comments made by a number of those who came to the performance included, “First time to hear you, but not the last!”, “All enjoyable and varied. Very impressive presentation.” and “Skyfall was amazing!”

Thank you to all involved, including accompanist Lydia, who added some further variety by playing the bongo!

The funds raised were in aid of the MNDA, which amounted to the grand sum of £1100!

Martin Young (Chair of Teignmouth Sings) presenting the cheque to the family of Katy Jones, a former choir member, who died from motor neurone disease in September 2017.

Christmas 2017

Teignmouth Sings participated in a few events during the festive season.

We were happy to support the turning on of the Christmas Lights on 25th November.

On 10th December, as part of the ‘Carols on your Doorstep’, we sang carols and festive songs for an hour in Maudlin Drive.

The Carols by Candlelight Service at the URC, where we rehearse on a weekly basis, was Teignmouth Sings’ final outing of the year.

Our singing was appreciated by all at these events. Thank you for your support and encouragement.



Carnival Time!

In an afternoon of song, as part of the Carnival Week, Teignmouth Sings took to the stage, to entertain a full marquee. Around fifty singers, confidently accompanied and conducted by Lydia, sang a selection of songs from the choir’s growing repertoire. Some of the selection was sung a cappella; ‘Something Inside so Strong’ proved very popular with the audience, and ‘Sway’ was sung to the beat of a bongo drum.

Other pieces included a medley from ‘The King and I’, ‘Windmills of your Mind’ and ‘Something Stupid’, all of which were enjoyed by the audience.

This was Teignmouth Sings’ last performance before the summer break, and was a suitable finale to the year. Well done to all involved.

2017 Summer Concert at The Riviera

Teignmouth Sings’ second performance of the year, at the Riviera, was enjoyed by an audience of over 150 people. The evening provided an entertaining mix of classic pop songs and medleys. These included recent additions to the repertoire, and others sung previously, reworked to include further harmonies.

Before the interval, the audience was treated to songs from ‘West Side Story’, ‘The King and I’, and an uplifting medley from ‘Mamma Mia’. The Soprano section performed a pleasing three part harmony arrangement of ‘Annie’s Song’.

The second set included ‘Hallelujah’, featuring the Tenor and Bass sections of the choir. ‘Dream a Little Dream’, another arrangement of three parts, was ably sung by the Altos, and received well by the audience. Soloist Colin, from the Tenors, sang a confident ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’.

Thanks go to a number of choir members and other volunteers who provided help leading up to, and on the evening of the performance. Many thanks also to those involved in the performance, including Musical Director, Jeff Hocking and Accompanist, Lydia Dockray.

The evening raised in the region of £1250. This will be shared between the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, and the Mars Hill Church, whose members are renovating the Riviera, in order to provide a community hub.