|Location||Unitarian Chapel Hall|
What we do
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.
Each April at the U3A Monthly Meeting, together with other groups we give a concert for members. In the past we have visited other organisations and charities to sing for them.
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 . . .
As we continue Singing for Fun we have welcomed a few new members, always enjoying our sessions once a fortnight at the Unitarian Chapel although the weather forced me to cancel two of our get-togethers since New Year.
Our lunch at Kendal College has again been organised and we thank Betty for this. Some of us will be going to ‘entertain’ at Hallgarth Community Centre in April.
We continue throughout the year except for a break in August. There is currently a waiting list but I will be working through this as soon as I can so, if you have applied, please be patient.