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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.

Teignmouth Sings at The Riviera

What a great privilege to be able to perform at this wonderful venue, and for Teignmouth Sings to be the first live performers at The Riviera for seventeen years!

The choir was well represented, with sixty two members singing on this occasion. The programme was varied and showed how Teignmouth Sings has grown both in confidence and musicality. From the opening ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber’ medley through to the ‘Les Miserables’ finale, the audience was suitably entertained and impressed.

New pieces for this performance included some whole choir jazz arrangements: ‘And all that Jazz’, ‘It Don’t mean a Thing’ and ‘Moon River’, all sung with feeling and swing. The choir had learnt a new medley, from the musical ‘Oliver’, to open the second set, and this went down well with the audience.

During the first set, the Alto section performed a beautiful three-part harmony rendition of ‘The Rose’. In contrast, the Basses and Tenors ‘hijacked’ the stage and the MD, Jeff Hocking, in the second set. They sang a light hearted ‘There is Nothing like a Dame’ which included some very low solo lines!

A small group, from all sections of the choir, sang a challenging and harmonic Manhattan Transfer version of ‘A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’. This was sung mainly a cappella, with support from Jeff Hocking and accompanist Lydia Dockray. One of our Tenors, Colin, accompanied by Jeff, entertained the audience with the well known swing number, ‘It had to be You’.

Funds from ticket and programme sales, in the region of £1500, will benefit charity groups Operation Imprezza, Children & Families in Grief and the Mars Hill Church. Representatives from these organisations are shown receiving their cheques below:  


A huge ‘WELL DONE!’ to everyone involved in this uplifting performance.

Photographs of this performance can be found on our Gallery Page.

Christmas 2016

This year, we were pleased to have been asked to lead the carol singing at the Teignmouth Christmas Lights Switch On. This took place on Saturday 26th November.

On the evening of Thursday 15th December, from we sang a number of Christmas songs and carols in the Teignmouth Waitrose store. There was a ‘bucket collection’ in aid of Children’s Hospice South West, and we raised £158. Thank you to everyone who supported us and came along to enjoy the festive singing.

Teignmouth Sings sang at Teignmouth URC’s Candlelight Service on the evening of Sunday 18th December. Nearly sixty members of choir were present to lead the singing of carols. The choir sang five pieces, including a beautiful arrangement of ‘O Holy Night’.

Teignmouth Sings for Carnival Week!

Well done to all those in Teignmouth Sings for another crowd pleasing performance! Highlights from the choir’s recent evening concert were performed in the marquee on the Den, the last of the season before the summer break, as part of an afternoon of song from local choirs. All pieces were well received by the audience, many of whom who sang along to the numbers.




A Wonderful Evening of Song!

A wonderful occasion was enjoyed again, at Our Lady and St Patrick’s Church, Teignmouth, on the evening of Friday 1st July. Not only was well over £1000 raised for CAFOD, but Teignmouth Sings entertained another ‘sell-out-plus’ audience, just short of 200. A further lucky seven tickets were sold on the door.

The audience was impressed by the range of music sung, with a number of them passing on their compliments to choir members during the interval and after the performance. Some new additions to the repertoire included ‘Sway’, when the choir was accompanied by Lydia playing the bongo drum, rather than the usual piano! Other new items included ‘Windmills of your Mind’, and some of Irving Berlin’s famous show pieces, in a medley entitled ‘America’. This began with the punchy ‘There’s no Business like Show Business’ and ended with a rousing ‘God Bless America’. The Alto section, in three part harmony, beautifully performed ‘The Rose’, made famous by Bette Midler. Tenor Colin very proficiently sang ‘When Autumn Leaves start to Fall’.

The performance fell on the centenary of the start of The Battle of the Somme, and began with a respectful silence of two minutes. A fitting ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Rule Britannia’ brought the evening to a close, and as at the more famous Prom, allowed for audience participation.

A huge thank you to all those in Teignmouth Sings for a marvellous evening of song!

Teignmouth Sings at The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

Members of Teignmouth Sings were proud to be included in the town’s celebrations on the sea front, and thankfully the rain stayed away for us! Not so the breeze… but our accompanist, Lydia, managed very well, as did the choir.

The short programme of our popular and newer pieces was appreciated by all who were there. A number could be seen tapping feet and singing along. Our final piece, the rousing ‘Rule Britainnia’ encouraged the audience to participate, and we were asked to reprise this for an encore.

Many positive comments were made following our performance. This occasion was also the first time members of Teignmouth Sings had worn the ‘summer uniform’ option of black and white, which went down very well.


Teignmouth Sings at Bitton House

A short but lively performance was thoroughly enjoyed at Bitton House, as part of Teignmouth’s Twinning Society celebrations.

Unusually for the choir, and a first for us, our ‘stage’ included the staircase in the hallway of the House. This provided the opportunity for all to be seen, and allowed for wonderful acoustics.

The programme included a range of our pieces, old and new. We were led by our very able accompanist, Lydia, who took to a mini bongo for our newest song, ‘Sway’ (Ruiz & Molina). That certainly had everyone swaying; choir and audience alike!

Comments following our singing were complimentary, and thanks go to all involved.



The Christmas Season begins…

Teignmouth Sings was invited to round off a Christmas lunch at The Strand Centre, Dawlish, with a short performance of some of our seasonal pieces. This provided the opportunity to showcase, for the first time, a beautiful arrangement of ‘Pachelbel’s Canon and The First Noel’, along with other new items and the more familiar Christmas tunes.

Although there were fewer singers present than is usual, our repertoire was appreciated by the small audience, who happily sang along to well-known Carols, and listened intently to our new pieces.

Our main Christmas performance, on Friday 11th December, was for the benefit of Shane Hooper’s family at this poignant time. Very kindly, a donation was made by our Dawlish audience, in advance.

The first set of our Christmas performance included a number of popular pieces which we have sung through the year, from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Beatles medleys, to a cappella pieces, such as ‘Something Inside so Strong’. ‘Windmills of your Mind’ had its first outing, which we sang better than we had ever done in rehearsals. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was another of the audience’s favourites.

Our Christmas pieces were sung in the second set, and these were very much enjoyed by the audience. As well as pieces we had sung in previous Christmas sets, we were able to include ‘Walking in the Air’, and the afore-mentioned ‘Pachelbel’s Canon and The First Noel’ arrangement became our finale.

Another first, a small group of six, from our Soprano and Alto sections, sang beautifully ‘The Coventry Carol’. Two well known Chrstmas songs, ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas Song’ (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire) were sung proficiently by members from the Bass and Tenor sections, respectively.

It was pleasing to see the audience participating in ‘Hey Jude’, and singing along during the performance. They also joined us to sing two Carols: ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’.

All in all, this was a great performance, which put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Funds raised from the evening, including generous donations from the Dawlish and Teignmouth United Reformed Churches, amounted to £603.57. Thank you to all who donated in any way; your generosity is much appreciated, particularly by Shane’s family. A variety of vouchers have been purchased for the three children, to the value of £200 each.

Our final Christmas performance was at the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service at Teignmouth URC. We sang four Christmas pieces, along with hamonies and descants in the congregational carols.

Merry Christmas to all!







Singing and Smiling for Teignmouth Carnival

The torrential rain stopped, and the sun made its appearance, about an hour before we were due to assemble on the Den. Our opening number for our Carnival singing this year was Chattanooga Choo Choo; a brilliant opener, as it contrasted so well with what had gone before.

As we sang though our numbers, it was evident that the audience enjoyed our set, of both a cappella and accompanied pieces. We scored very highly on the smile rate too, due to encouragement from our accompanist, with her own smiley face reminder each time we looked at her! An audience member standing at the very back of the marquee mentioned that we were very easy to hear, as our volume was perfect and our enunciation made our singing much clearer. Those weekly warm up exercises of ‘Ted’s got a head like a ping pong ball’ obviously paid off, as did those reminders to smile!

We were very well received by an appreciative audience who had struggled to attend through inclement weather; it’s so rewarding that there are so many people in Teignmouth and the local area who will come out to see live music.