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The Hackney Songbirds is a free community singing group which meets on Fridays between 1pm and 2pm at the Salvation Army (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!


Friday 9th December 2022


The Hackney Songbirds,

directed by Gina Fergione and Lucy Myers,

perform seasonal favourites and hits from the 1950s

in aid of the Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal

Please join us - no tickets required!

Sing with Us / Sing at Home!

All of our rehearsals are now in-person. 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!


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

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.

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