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Ruth Gordon Singers

Meeting Details

Meeting DayTuesday
Time10.45 - 12.00
FrequencyFortnightly
LocationUnitarian Chapel, Kendal

What we do

the singers singing

 We are a happy informal group - singing for fun, not as a choir. We choose about 8 items to sing each time, from a large repertoire including old favourites, songs from the musicals, a few originals, and sing-a-longs.

We have a mixed membership of sopranos, altos, tenors and baritones, and a lovely pianist who takes us through our scales at the beginning of each session. Members do not have to be able to read music, although some do.

Some background

When Dr Ruth Gordon came to Kendal from South Africa she made sure she could belong to and take part in as much as possible of the social life of the town. She joined the U3A, several interest groups welcomed her into their circle, and members often had the chance to enjoy her lively illustrated talks at our Monthly Meetings.

So it began. She set up our Singing for Fun group in her home, and by Jove it was fun with a capital F. We were introduced to many different songs, some of which we liked more than others, and many original pieces. For these Ruth wrote the words to music written by her friend Doris Fenn, who came over from South Africa and was present at our first concert for U3A members in 1999.

Ruth died on 11 January 2002, aged 91. When a celebration of her life took place at the Unitarian Chapel we were privileged to sing for her, and later, with the blessing of her family, to rename our group in her memory.

And so we continue, as we know Ruth wished us to . . .

Reports

March 2017

Recently we welcomed some new friends bringing our membership to the grand total of 32 ladies and 10 gentlemen. However, on a sad note, our lovely Joy, who has played piano for us since we moved to Unitarian in 2002, has decided to move away from the area. We are in need of someone who would be prepared to come regularly to play for us on a Tuesday morning fortnightly and join with the fun we always have.

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