30 Years Of Singing And Friendship

Next year, Cabra Singers will celebrate their 30th anniversary as a choir, which all started in 1994 when Bill Brown came to live at Cabra House in Hackthorn, just north of Welton. Having always enjoyed being part of a choir but noticing there was no local choir to join, he invited some friends, former colleagues and people living in the village to get together and sing around the piano in the hall of his house.

From that day forward, the group continued to grow, and it eventually became necessary to hire the village hall and find an accompanist and conductor. When the choir entered the Lincoln Music Festival, a name was needed and so Cabra Singers was born.

Clare Wallis, Chairman of Cabra Singers since Bill Brown’s retirement in 2014, explains “We are still a friendly 4-part mixed choir and over the years have become a valued part of the local community, not only providing music for events such as weddings and funerals, but putting on our own concerts and providing the entertainment for numerous charity and fundraising events.”

The choir aim to sing to a high standard but keep their rehearsals fun and make time for chat, with amazing homemade cakes a well-known feature of their half-time coffee breaks. As well as the weekly meetings, they also hold regular social events with Christmas meals out, summer parties and barbecues.

Over summer, Cabra Singers were nominated as a Community Champion at Dunholme Co-op. This meant they were selected as a group for which the Co-op would help raise funds for, which will go towards helping the choir with rising costs for room hire and music.

As they approach their 30th anniversary, it is an exciting time to join the choir and anyone interested is invited to join this friendly group. There is no audition, and joining a choir is a great way to meet local people as well as take a break from everyday life by allowing yourself to get lost in the music. With a large and varied repertoire of music, there is something for everyone.

Highlights of the choir have been singing in Choral Evensong in Lincoln Cathedral, Faure’s Requiem in Stow Minster and Bailgate Methodist Church, plus regular performances of Stainer’s Crucifixion in Holy Week at venues around the area. Their concerts of Music for a Summer Evening include folk songs, songs from theatre shows and modern favourites like Fields of Gold, California Dreamin’ and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

As we head towards the festive months, keep your eye out for Cabra Singers as this has always been a busy time for them through festive concerts, carol singing and bringing festive music to local businesses like Christmas Time at Fillingham and Scothern Nurseries. 

As well as welcoming new singers, the choir are also welcoming applications for a new Musical Director as sadly at the end of the summer term their previous MD had to leave as his job was no longer local.

Cabra Singers meet at The Old School, Dunholme on Wednesday evenings from 6.45pm to 8.45pm. If you are interested in joining the choir, would like to submit your application for Musical Director, or would like to invite the choir to sing at your event, email Clare at clarewallis@btinternet.com