|Time||10.45 - 12.00|
|Location||Unitarian Chapel, Kendal|
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.
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 . . .
Our attendance remains fairly steady with an average of 30 at each meeting all enjoying the company and the songs.
In June we lost our friend Eric, who had been ill for a long time. Eric joined us in 2010 and we remember him with fondness and respect.
Meanwhile, a few new ‘old’ songs come into our repertoire such as ‘Old Father Thames’ and soon we will bring one back – a song called ‘Autumn’ - an original composition.
Next Meetings - 14, 28 May; 11, 25 Jun; 9, 23 Jul. None August
We now have 33 ladies and 11 gentlemen in our group – all Singing Happily for Fun! This is with some recent changes. Unfortunately David and Ann left us – but Ray and Michael now enjoy our mornings together.
A few of us went to sing carols at Kendal Parish Church during their Christmas Tree Festival in December; most enjoyable.