What a Breeze!

Our penultimate performance of this year was a short set at the Alice Cross Funday, on the Den. Our song list rehearsed, everyone confident and ready to sing… and then the breeze whipped up. As a result, some fumbling of musical scores ensued, and our accompanist and leader for the day, with the aid of a choir member holding the pages as much as turning them, thankfully managed to follow the score! ‘Whistle down the Wind’, one of our chosen pieces, was certainly very apt!

Our audience was appreciative, and we sang a variety of accompanied and a cappella songs. This included, for its first time in public, the Everly Brothers’ classic, ’All I have to do is Dream’.

Below is a note of thanks received from the manager of the Alice Cross Centre:

Dear Teignmouth Sings


Thank you so much for your inspiring performance on Saturday. You brought our wonderful day to a wonderful close and we are very grateful.


You helped us to raise £1800 on the day, which will be used to help cover running costs for the Alice Cross Centre.


Many thanks for all the good work you do helping organisations like ours to raise funds.

Spring Concert June 5th 2015 Our Lady & St Patrick’s Church Teignmouth

Our Spring concert on the 5th June 2015 was as far as we know the only concert in Teignmouth Sings’ history where we actually sold all available tickets… and SOLD OUT had to be pinned to the door!

This was a super concert, a long time in the planning, preparation and rehearsing. The venue of the newly refurbished Our Lady and St Patrick’s was probably the best we had ever sung in as regards its acoustics, not to mention the warmth of our reception from the Church and the large audience.

Brand new for this concert were Something’s Coming and Tonight from West Side Story.In rehearsal we’d been a little nervous about performing these complicated compositions with their intricate harmonies, subtle key & time changes – but all went well on the night!

Other offerings include our big sets of the Andrew Lloyd Webber medley, Beatles in Review, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia, and to finish off with …..Les Misérables.

To add variety we seasoned liberally with He Ain’t Heavy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Rhythm of Life, To Make You Feel My Love, Something Inside So Strong a cappella …

The proceeds from this concert will support concert the work of CAFOD,  the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales( part of Caritas International), which helps those in poverty and in crisis overseas. The picture below from the Teignmouth Post shows a ‘big cheque’ for £1200.00 being handed over by committee members to Marcia Doherty of CAFOD.

Take a look at the gallery page to find a selection of photographs from the evening.

Teignmouth Sings Catholic Church

Cafod-Widget-Linksomething inside so strong

Langstone Cliff Hotel Evening of 28th March 2015

This was an evening that Teignmouth Sings had been looking forward to for a long time…..

Anita and Michael Bartlett with Teignmouth Sings

Anita and Michael Bartlett with Teignmouth Sings

A local couple, Anita and Michael Bartlett, contacted us in late 2014 to ask if we would sing for a special event they were organising at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish Warren – their  Golden Wedding Anniversary!

Anita and Michael liaised with Teignmouth Sings as regards choice of music, and wanting their special occasion to be a little different, had hit on the idea of their guests donating to chosen charities rather than presenting them with gifts.

Guests assembled for dinner early evening in the the Washington Ballroom, and our one hour mid-evening performance  included a new medley learned specially for the occasion,  ‘Beatles in Review’ arranged by Ed Lojeski *

So that we were offering the guests a good selection from down the years we also sang:-

Big City Beat *  Make you feel my Love *  the Mamma Mia Medley *

Sing a Song *  Whistle down the Wind * Close to You

Bohemian Rhapsody * Chattanooga Choo Choo * Rhythm of Life

At the end of the performance we presented Anita and Michael with a congratulatory bouquet and a card signed by members of the choir. The money raised by the event for Children’s Hospice South West was £405.

We were recorded by a member of the audience singing Chattanooga Choo Choo….

"Pardon me boy..."

“Pardon me boy…”

* The Beatles in Review is a popular selection for choirs –  if you are interested click on the following links:-

Performance by El coro de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Performance by Vox Harmony Choir, Launceston, Tasmania



Paignton Palace Avenue Methodist Church Saturday 7th March

“And though you turn from me to glance behind, the Phantom of the Opera is there inside your mind …..ah ah ah ah AH ! “

Ticket to Teignmouth Sings at the Palace Avenue Church

Teignmouth sang at the Palace Avenue Church

This was the rousing finale to our concert at the Palace Avenue Methodist Church in Paignton on the evening of Saturday 7th March. We enjoyed an excellent reception from the church, and were doubly rewarded by a very good audience which packed every row in the venue.

Jazzy, wistful, soulful, bluesy, melodic… the two halves of our concert offered lots of variety from ‘Big City Beat’ to ‘Close to You’, from ‘Whistle down the Wind’ to ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’

This was the second time we had sung our new Andrew Lloyd Webber medley in public, and on both occasions the audience have really appreciated the mix of popular songs… ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’, ‘Memory’, ‘Unexpected Song’, ‘Think of Me’ and of course the Phantom!

Other medleys we enjoyed singing included our old standard ‘The Best of Bond’; ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (first sung by us in 2014) has proved very popular and the Rogers and Hammerstein collection of goodies always pleases.

We were admirably led by Jeff and Lydia, and after the hard work put in recently in some very intensive rehearsals, the whole choir came away delighted with the evening.

Proceeds from the evening went to two charities which work to help homeless people, Future Hope and Friends of Factory Row

Teignmouth TAAG Centre Performance

On Saturday 10th January 2015  a good number of the choir sang a selection of our favourites a capella at the Teignmouth T.A.A.G. Centre Exhibition 

     Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree       California Dreaming     Ticket to Ride      T’aint what you do…

                        Bridge over Troubled Water     With a little Help from my Friends
Teignmouth Arts Centre

Teignmouth Arts Centre

Bishopsteignton Methodist Church Friday 21st November 2014

‘Do you hear the people sing, say do you hear the distant drums…?’

Teignmouth Sings were very enthusiastically received by a great audience at Bishopsteignton Methodist Church on the evening of Friday 21st November 2014. This was an energetic evening for the Choir, for our Musical Director and for our accompanistBishop publicity!

We opened up again with Big City Beat, a powerful number which went down very well the previous week at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival. Chattanooga Choo Choo was soon rattling down the tracks again to the accompaniment of some genuine American train whistles, and at a more leisurely pace we sang Close to You, Wonderful World and Make You Feel My love. A Capella performances are now a popular part of the repertoire, with our concert featuring Something Inside So Strong, California Dreaming and Ticket to Ride. Big sets included our new Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley, Fiddler on the Roof, Best of Bond and a rousing finale of our selection from Les Misérables, after which the audience demanded an encore… and one enthusiastic person got up to announce that we had sung better than a named TV celebrity’s choir!!

Our performance was in aid of charity (see poster) and the collection at the end of the performance totalled £237. A great evening all round!

Teignmouth Jazz Festival Performance November 14th 2014

When you hear the whistle blowin’ eight to the bar
Then you know that Tennessee is not very far…. Woo oo !!Chattanooga Express IN tM

Teignmouth sings were enthusiastically received at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival on the evening of the 14th November. This year we had made a real effort to be more ‘jazzy’ and our set list included a number of classics, either performed by the whole choir or showcased by individuals from various sections of the choir. Feelin’ Good, I Only Have Eyes For You, Nobody Does It Better, One Note Samba, Summertime complemented Chattanooga Choo Choo, Something Inside So Strong, The big, brassy Themes from Bond Medley and a host of others. We finished the show with the ever popular ‘Rhythm of Life’ . A great evening was had by all !

Carlton Theatre Concert July 10th 2014

This was our first experience of singing at the Carlton Theatre in Teignmouth, and although some members of the choir had trodden the boards on stage at the Carlton before, there was a little trepidation around regarding lights, sound , visibility of our conductor…

On the night it went very well indeed and we received some excellent feedback from the (very large!) audience on the breadth of our repertoire, the quality of our performance and the great job done by our soloists.

Introducing the choir to the audience, Music Director Jeff Hocking presented the evening as a kind of tribute to the long history of performing arts at the Carlton Theatre – the present building to be demolished at the end of the summer season and replaced in 2015 with a new modern structure.

Our repertoire has expanded since our last performance, and this time we were very pleased to be able to present two new acapella numbers, The Beatles’ With a little Help from my Friends and Labbie Siffrey’s Something Inside so strong, which we offered as a tribute to the life and work of Nelson Mandela. We also sang on stage for the first time a medley from Fiddler on the Roof which attracted some very positive feedback from audience members.

Our first set comprised:-

Big City Beat              Sing a Song           Ticket to Ride      Angels

A Little Help from  my Friends          Summertime (solo)       Mamma Mia 

What a Wonderful World            The Rose (solo)    Rogers and Hammerstein Medley  

Stand by me          Rhythm of life               Make you feel my Love     Dream (duet)    

Second set:-

Best of Bond   Let’s Face the music and dance(solo)    Close to You

Bohemian RhapsodyFiddler on the Roof    He ain’t Heavy

Killing me softly… (solo)       Something Inside so Strong       Les Mis