(see the Events page).
Next Saturday afternoon sing: February 6th at St Barts.
(see TSoN page).
Notice: the website will be undergoing some changes in the next couple of weeks to make it more mobile-friendly. Watch this space for further developments.
Who Are We?
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 choral music.
Formed in 1997 as a "one-off" event to celebrate a notable birthday of its Director, Martin J. Westhorp, the Singers of Note format made an immediate impact and has continued its popularity as an annual gathering where singers can, in a friendly atmosphere, enjoy a wide-ranging selection of interesting and well-written, yet relatively unknown or infrequently visited, multi-part polyphonic music.
Until 2001 they restricted their activities to the North West, based at St Bartholomew's Church Westhoughton where Martin was at that time the resident organist. The annual event was so successful that it spawned a monthly gathering, incorporating "awaydays" to other parts of the country, taking its particular brand of music further afield. From gentle to challenging music, Singers of Note organizes day courses and singing workshops with interested and like-minded musicians to expand knowledge by introducing alternative works, and increase musical sensitivities and sight-reading skills whilst celebrating that wealth of rewarding choral music too often neglected.
Essentially an educational choral workshop, there have been occasional public performances for local charities and sometimes a choral evensong or two, either in conjunction with organ and/or other instrumentalists.
The events are open 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 tend to develop naturally anyway over our time together.
More recent developments have seen groups enjoy weekend workshops in the beautiful Conwy Valley in North Wales, and the monthly meeting of the Travelling Singers of Note has grown from the original concept and now also meets socially from time to time. Further travel plans are afoot.
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.