Singers of Note is a group of musicians drawn from all over the UK and beyond who have one thing in common - their love of a capella singing. Formed in 1997 to enjoy and perform multi-part polyphonic music, until 2001 they restricted their activities to the North West, being based at St Bartholomew's Church Westhoughton where their musical director, Martin J. Westhorp, was at that time the resident organist.
Martin formed the Singers of Note as a "one-off" event for a notable birthday celebration, little knowing that it would soon outgrow its original idea.
In 2001, Singers of Note began to travel and take its particular brand of music further afield, organizing day courses and singing workshops with interested and like-minded musicians around the country celebrating, in particular, that great wealth of rewarding choral music that is often unfamiliar and rarely performed.
The events are of interest to singers of all ages, and Martin is particularly keen to encourage younger members who are perhaps in the process of developing their musical direction and are open to new avenues of discovery. There is no age limit at either end of the scale, though all singers should have some basic sight reading ability and be able to 'blend'. These skills naturally develop over our time together.
More recent developments have seen a smaller group enjoy weekend workshops in the beautiful Conwy Valley in North Wales, and the Travelling Singers of Note group has grown from the original concept and now meets monthly to explore interesting and unfamiliar music in enjoyable company.
Singers of Note is keen to forge links with educational establishments, schools, colleges, universities, as well as with associations such at the Early Music Fora or Music Federations, and would be interested to hear from organizations with appropriate venues for workshops.
Thank you for your interest, and whatever your preferences, keep making music.