Pack your picnic hampers, blankets and chairs and join The Songbirds for an afternoon and evening of music!
Performing in the gardens of Boughton House - one of Britain's grandest stately homes - our annual summer concert is one not to be missed!
Expect some new songs and some old favourites, as well as one or two special moments.
Tickets will be available soon and more details will be available on our Facebook page.
Image from our sold out Christmas concert 2022
In 2018 The Songbirds raised money for a branch of the Alzheimer's Society called Singing for the Brain, which uses singing to bring people with dementia together in a sociable and stimulating environment. We collected a fantastic £800 and on Thursday 25th April 2019 a few Songbirds went along to the local Kettering group at the Cornmarket Hall to donate the many musical instruments, microphones and speaker bought with the money.
It was lovely to see the instruments put to use and enjoyed straight away by the group, regularly attended by in excess of 50 people. Group leader Tracey Newell said "these instruments will make a huge difference to everyone who comes along to these groups. Not only will they be used in Kettering, but across Northamptonshire, in groups such as Corby and Northampton".
We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported our concerts, took part in the raffles and bought refreshments - you have all helped to make this happen.
Tricia, Natalie, Claire, group leader Tracey, Sue, Susan and Aimée with some of the instruments.
Saturday 6th April 2019 saw The Songbirds once again at Oundle Festival. We had a wonderful day listening to, and competing against, some of the most talented and exciting choirs from the wider area. We were thrilled and proud to get two 3rd places; firstly in the morning Community Choirs class and later, against the stiffest of competition, in the Sacred Music class.
Congratulations to the worthy winners and a big thank you to all who came along and supported us - it was very much appreciated.
Delighted Songbirds with MD Mark and accompanist Ed in St Peter's church, Oundle.
After competing in two classes against some fantastic choirs and attaining two distinctions and a 3rd place, we won the Harding Memorial Bowl and were awarded the only 'outstanding' mark of the day for our final (choral) class.
Happy choir Chair Aimée receiving our trophy and cash prize. The adjudicator was very kind and complimentary, describing us at one point as 'angels at full throttle'!
The choir with musical director Mark and accompanist Ed pictured with the adjudicator after our win.
Thank you so much to all who attended our very successful Christmas concert on 1st December 2018. We put on a varied programme to a packed church with lots of new songs and old favourites from the choir. Some beautiful voices were heard in solos, duets, a trio and special guests. Our audience that night was one of the most appreciative we've ever had; the compliments are still rolling in!
We added an impressive amount to the funds raised for our charity Singing For The Brain, bringing the total to £800 - thank you for your support.
The photographs below are a selection of those taken on the night by Brian Boyce.
In 2018 we:
- Took part in the Warkton Church concert raising money for the Alzheimer's Society.
- Raised money for Burton Latimer Library holding our own event on site.
- Handed over a cheque for £620 to Jayne Chambers for the Kettering General Hospital Forget-Me-Not Courtyard Garden Appeal following successful fund-raising in 2017 (see photo).
- Organised our own 'Summer Spectacular' and Christmas events.
We were awarded the Silver Cup after receiving an incredible 90 points to win the Open Choir category.
2018 was the 109th Kettering Eisteddfod. We surpassed expectations and came out on top
The Reisley Shield for best performance of the day was presented to us for singing 'Seal Lullaby'!
We had a fantastic day at the Oundle Festival of Music & Drama.
We were up against some fierce competition in the first class, Community Choirs and we were placed 2nd with just one point separating the top three!
We received so much great feedback from other choirs, adjudicators and officials as well as members of the audience and we couldn’t be more proud!
In our second class, Part Songs for Women’s Voices, we sang our hearts out! Once again we were up against some serious competition but this time we came 1st and now have our name etched on the Lady Violet Brassey Cup for the first time ever!
Talented singer / songwriter Elisa performed a couple of numbers at our Summer Spectacular in July 2018.
More of Elisa.