15th December 2019

Carolling at Kettering's Winter Fayre

It was a cold Sunday afternoon that members of the choir gathered in The Yards, Kettering.We joined the Raunds Temperance Brass Band  for some community carolling with the public. There was mulled wine and mince pies to get everyone in the "Christmassy Mood". As the light began to fade the Brass Band started to play and the singing began. Everyone enjoyed singing well known Christmas songs, and so that everyone could join in, the words were projected onto a nearby building. It was all very jolly and festive. 


Contributed by Rosemary Fydler

Second Soprano

9th December 2019

Carol singing at Kettering Asda

On Monday evening the ladies of the Seagrave Singers were singing at Kettering ASDA store. Braving the winter temperatures they treated shoppers to a selection of Christmas pieces and traditional carols, warming the atmosphere and hopefully putting folks into the Christmas spirit! The money raised will be donated to Kettering General Hospital Centenary Wing, Seagrave Singer charity for 2019/20. 

We will be singing again at Kettering Winter Fayre in The Yards/Market Street on 15th December from 4.00 p.m. So wrap up warm and come and join in the fun. Happy Christmas!


Contributed by Irene Beadsworth

Second Soprano

Contributed by Irene Beadsworth

Second Soprano

6th December 2019

Annual Christmas Concert at St. Mary's Church, Burton Latimer



1st December 2019

Carol Singing at "Johny's Happy Place Handmade Christmas Market"


Lynda's first concert with Seagrave Singers


The bright but cold afternoon did not put shoppers off attending Johnny's Happy Place Christmas Market at the William Knibb Centre, Kettering. There were many stalls offering all manner of handmade gifts....wreaths, Christmas decorations, china plates and ornaments, toys, bags, knitwear and cakes to name a few. To add to the Christmas atmosphere the Seagrave Singers were invited to sing during the afternoon. We were delighted to do so, and to continue our association with the charity. We sang a number of traditional carols as well as festive music from our repertoire.  Choir members brought family members along to enjoy the shopping experience...... and listen to our singing. It was the first concert for choir member Lynda Taylor. It was also a gentle first official concert for our new Musical Director Heather Bates, as we lead up to our main concert on 6th December 2019.  

Contributed by Rosemary Fydler

Second Soprano

9th November 2019

Concert of Remembrance at Fuller Baptist Church

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 The choir awaiting the start of the concert


Maxine's first concert with Seagrave Singers

On Saturday the 9th November 2019 the Seagrave Singers joined with other singing groups, soloists and a brass band (as follows) in Kettering's Remembrance Concert.

The Decibelles - Wollaston Singers - Sound Sensation - Kim Chamberlain - Georgina Stock - Rohan Platts - Bobby Crick, Joshua Daniel - Kettering Town Silver Band.

Kettering Town Silver Band started off the concert playing the Royal Air Force March Past followed by the Seagrave Singers, conducted by Assistant Musical Director, Sandra Greenaway, singing For the Beauty of the Earth.

Many lovely songs were sung by the groups and soloists - to name a few - In Flanders Fields (very moving) - Fields of Gold - I Dreamed a Dream - We Shall Overcome - The Rose - A Nightingale Sang (Seagrave Singers) - Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Gaelic Blessing (Seagrave Singers) - Holy Holy Holy.  There was also a couple of readings and items played on the harp, plus some hymns the audience could join in. 

To signify the whole point of the concert Bobby Crick recited - At the Going Down of the Sun - and played the Last Post on his bugle.

The Concert was very beautifully performed by all concerned and there were some moving and poignant moments throughout.

Thanks were given to all performers and especially to Joshua Daniel who organised this Remembrance Concert. Thanks were also paid to Fuller Church for allowing the event to take place.

A brilliant and moving evening for us all to remember.

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Contributed by Shirley Hill




8th July 2019

Seagrave Singers "Family and Friends Concert" 

This was a smaller, more intimate, concert than we usually perform. This was because we wanted to stage something just for family and friends, then mingle together and enjoy our Summer Social Event afterwards.

This was a particularly special concert because we presented Johnny's Happy Place with a cheque for £1,000. A huge thank you to anyone who donated to this cause through the Seagrave Singers. The cheque was accepted by James Varlow, chairman of the charity. He was incredibly thankful for our donation. 

We built on our previous performance and had a good time showing off our different styles from the peaceful Seal Lullaby to the fun and upbeat Disney Medley.


We are looking forward to being involved in the Remembrance Concert, and beginning rehearsals for the exciting Christmas season. We hope to see you there!


Contributed by Sarah Whitlock

Bottom(!) Sop


27th June 2019

"Miss Read Remembered" with Rothwell Junior School

Rothwell Methodist Church

This concert was a Memorial Concert for Margaret Read, a long time choir member of the Seagrave Singers, and previously the Cavendish Singers.

The concert was held in Rothwell Methodist Church, where Margaret had been an active member. It was a beautiful, warm evening.


We arrived in good time to mark our positions on the stage. We made a rousing start with "The Greatest Show", to a capacity audience....some people had to stand at the back. We followed this more quietly with "The Bavarian Yodelling Song" and a new favourite of ours, "The Seal Lullaby". The schoolchildren took to the stage next and were charming, and sang beautifully. To end the first half we performed our "Disney Medley", and it was greatly appreciated, particularly by the children, who knew all the songs. After a short interval we came back with "Mamma Mia" another medley. This was well received by the adults! We closed our programme with Margaret's favourite "The Lord Bless You and Keep You".....and the alto's managed to sing it without crying! The schoolchildren performed again, then both choirs combined to sing an encore, "Lets Go Fly A Kite". 


Margaret's sister, Janet, thanked us all, particularly Sandra who organised the concert, Jonathan our MD, and Gill our accompanist. The good attendance and warm reception we received bear witness to the fondness and high regard which we all hold Margaret. 

The event raised £367 for Rothwell Methodist Church, from a leaving collection after the concert. Thank you to everyone who donated.


Contributed by Deborah Reed

Top Sop


25th May 2019

Lunchtime recital at St Mary the Virgin Church, Higham Ferrers


We had our first concert of 2019 in the lovely church of St Mary's in Higham Ferrers. This coincided with the monthly farmers market. Shoppers came in to listen to us singing many songs, from different shows. It was lovely to see the church so full. We sang from 11.30 am until 12.30 pm. 


Contributed by Liz Beeby

Top Sop


22nd December 2018


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On a cold but sunny afternoon, just before Christmas, the choir, along with Jonathan, gathered in The Orangery at Barton Hall. We had been asked to sing at a wedding!

The guests duly made their way in, followed by the groom and best man, looking extremely elegant. Then the moment everyone was waiting for arrived. A white limousine delivered the bride and bridesmaids to the door, and they entered the Orangery. The bride looked stunning! The guests, in high spirits, joined in with our singing, as requested by the bride, and were very appreciative with shouts and applause. When asked if anyone knew of any just cause why the couple should not be joined together, a baby caused uproar by choosing that moment to cry out. As the couple prepared to leave, one of our newer members, Sarah, led everyone in "All I Want For Christmas is You" and earned herself a big cheer. 

The choir continuted to sing Christmas songs whilst the photographs were being taken, even though space was at a premium. However, in true Seagrave Singers style, we soldiered on.

All in all it was a lovely occasion (if a little chilly) and hopefully we helped to make the day a memorable one for the happy couple. 


Contributed by Deborah Harvey

Top Sop 


15th December 2018

Singing at Asda


Once again, choir member Kay arranged for the choir to sing Christmas Carols in  the Kettering ASDA store. This we did over the lunchtime period, greeting customers who were in the middle of their pre-Christmas shopping. Family members of new choir recruit Carol were among the shoppers, and it was lovely to see their smiling, happy faces.

We dressed in Christmas jumpers and choir fleeces, so we would be warm standing near the door. To add to the fun we also wore an array of jolly Christmas hats (some lit). Jonathan lead the choir and Gill played the keyboard. This year our bucket collection was for the Kettering-based charity "Johnny's Happy Place". It was a delight to be supporting a local cause. 

We sang from a handbook, organised by choir member Steph, as well as singing Christmas songs from our repertoire. The shoppers particularly liked our version of Frosty the Snowman!!

During our break we were supplied with hot drinks and biscuits by ASDA, so we were suitably refreshed for the second half. 

Performing here certainly got the choir into the Christmas spirit.....and hopefully the shoppers too.


Contributed by Pauline L M Youngs 

An elf! (normally a top sop!)



11th December 2018

A concert for Sywell WI


On a cold but sunny afternoon, just before Christmas, the choir, along with Jonathan

Following an invitation, on Tuesday evening the choir sang at the Christmas party of the Sywell Womens Institute. We were engaged  to entertain the ladies following their evening meal. 

We had been asked to join them for the meal and many of the choir members joined them before we gave our performance. It was a lovely meal, and for choir members who chose not to eat "supper" there were Christmas nibbles to enjoy.

We sang a mixture of songs and carols from our Christmas programme and they were well received. Communal singing of carols chosen by the WI members followed this. 

It was a lovely relaxed evening and we received many compliments as we left the ladies to continue with their partying!

Contributed by Jan Lewis


 7th December 2018

 "Christmas Celebration"  

 What a start to our Christmas concerts.

After a quick warm up of voices, we entered the church to find a welcoming audience, and blasted our first carol "This Little Babe", by Benjamin Britten. It was a real tongue twister and over in 80 secs. We were off....

Nerves settled, Jonathan smiling, and a great intro from our entertaining and relaxed compare, Simon Lindley, we offered a varied programme. This included readings, duets, quartets. sextets and a couple of "audience participation" carols.

The choir sang traditional carols, some light hearted fun numbers, including a radio favourite, "Fairytale of New York" originally by the Pogues back in the 80's. We were also delighted to present "Away In a Manger" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", both new arrangements written by none other than our MD.

Our chosen charity, Johnny's Happy Place, sold raffle tickets and the many prizes on offer hopefully raised a significant amount of money.

During the interval refreshments and nibbles were available for all........the choir needed sustenance after all!!

And let's not forget our budding cameraman and helper Ronan who did an amazing job throughout the night. And of course, our brilliant pianist, Jill.

The evening all too soon over, all our rehearsing put to good use. We ventured home, tired, exhilarated, reflective.....and looking forward to our next concert. Roll on Tuesday evening and our concert for Sywell WI.



Contributed by Maxine Reynolds





23rd November 2018

 "A Poppy Concert" , Thrapston

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Tonight, in aid of the Royal British Legion, The Poppy Concert at The Plaza, Thrapston was extremely entertaining. There was joyous singing from the Seagrave Singers to and apprciative audience.

All the Seagrave Singers had been looking forward to the chance to perform for such an important cause and show our support. All the hard work paid off with a varied programme and some beautiful solos. 

"Lest we forget".


Contibuted by Sam Farrow

Second Soprano





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