Welcome to the St. Vincent Singers website. After over 40 years it was announced in December 2018 that the Singers will no longer meet (see NEWS page). The aim here is to provide you with the history and ethos of the Singers.
The Singers were formed in January 1977. It began as a choir of parents of pupils at St Vincent Community School in Gosport (on the site of the former St Vincent Royal Marine Barracks) who asked if they could form a group to sing ‘just for fun’ and it has been led virtually since its inception by Maureen Swire, MA, LRAM, then Head of Music at the School (now St Vincent Sixth Form College) and who has been involved in local music for over 60 years. Maureen has also been also the organist at St Columba’s United Reformed Church, having started playing for the Church in 1957
The Singers were a community choir of around 35 members and had for the last 40 years specialized in entertaining local groups in such places as old peoples homes, hospitals, churches, etc. Around 50 concerts were performed each year, with a particularly busy time at Christmas when, within a 4 to 6 week period, some 30 performances were given. Enthusiasm and dedication, necessary for such a busy programme, rather than vocal ability, were the watchwords of the Singers.
Members provided their own costumes and travelled to and from concert venues by their own resources. Fund raising was an important aspect of the Singers’ ethos. Donations have been therefore requested from performance venue organisers and these have raised significant sums over the years. At the closing of our funds in March 2018 we were very pleased to be able to donate a total of over £4000 to two well-deserving local charities.
The Singers have also travelled to places as far away as Switzerland, Germany (several times), Belgium, Holland, Italy, Croatia and Ireland, combining a holiday with performances. They were also associated with the Fareham-Pulheim Partnership and a small group has visited Pulheim, near Cologne, several times and reciprocated by hosting friends from Pulheim on the return visit.