The Hackney Songbirds

A Community Singing Group in East London

The Hackney Songbirds is a free community singing group which meets on Fridays between 1pm and 2pm at the Salvation Army Community Centre (Cambridge Heath), 70 Mare Street, Hackney E8 4RT to sing popular songs, world music and songs from the shows. No previous singing experience is necessary, and there's no requirement to read music. Just come along when you can and join a fun, sociable group of people of all ages who enjoy getting together to sing!

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Sing with Us / Sing at Home!

We are happy to be starting in-person rehearsals again from Friday 8th October 2021. All rehearsals will follow Covid-secure guidelines and you will need to register with us in advance. Please contact Gina or Lucy if you would like to join a rehearsal.

Do also continue to sing at home using our lockdown Sing at Home resources!

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Sing at Home:
Don't Fence Me In

A great song for combating lockdown-induced claustrophobia, Don't Fence Me In was written in 1934, with music by Cole Porter and lyrics by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter. Watch Roy Rogers singing it in Hollywood Canteen from 1944, download the words here, and sing along to our piano accompaniment here.

Sing at Home:
Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow, with its soaring melody, encourages us to believe in the dream of a better future.  Written for the film The Wizard of Oz (1939) at a time of worldwide crisis on the eve of the Second World War, it became the signature song of Judy Garland in her starring role as Dorothy. Watch her singing it in the film, download the words here, and sing along to our piano accompaniment here

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Sing at Home:
We'll Meet Again

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Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' was one of the most popular songs during the Second World War in Britain. It was written in 1939 by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles and was used to boost morale during wartime, with Lynn performing the song live close to bombsites and battlefields.  Watch Vera Lynn in the 1943 musical film We'll Meet Again, download the words here, and sing along to our piano accompaniment here.

 

About the Choir

The Hackney Songbirds are directed by Gina Fergione and Lucy Myers. Gina and Lucy alternate taking weekly rehearsals. The Hackney Songbirds brings together two choirs: the Silver Songbirds and the St Joseph's Hospice Community Choir.

 

Support the Hackney Songbirds

The choir is run by volunteers and receives no funding. It is free to singers and open to all. To find out how you can support The Hackney Songbirds in different ways, contact Gina Fergione.

 

Contact

If you are interested in joining the Hackney Songbirds, or would like to find out more about us, contact Gina Fergione.