Another article has made it to press within the Almeria Living magazine thanks to Peter Hands.
It's all about A Weekend to Remember.
The magazine is available for free at many outlets but is also available to read online at www.almerialiving.net
A clipping of the article is available in our gallery too.
Thanks to Peter for taking the time to prepare and submit the article and thanks to Almeria Living for publishing.
Early November the members of the Incognito singers met at Alicante Airport for the beginning of an adventure that none of us will ever forget. A chance to join 1500 other voices from 28 choirs and sing with 2 world famous brass bands (Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Cory Band) and The Fochabers Fiddlers for a Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
The famous conductor, composer and musician, William Relton, has been organising these events, in aid of Cancer Research, for the past 35 years and has raised over £500,000 for the charity. A Gala Concert 2018– A Festival of Brass and Voices in aid of Cancer Research UK was to be his last before retiring, making it extra special.
I had lived in London for 16 years before moving to Spain and had attended many concerts at the Hall, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get the opportunity to sing in this great building.
Despite having been rehearsing for the past year for this event, I was still nervous. However my fears were allayed during the dress rehearsal. William made us all feel at ease. The great thing about singing with so many others is that no one can hear your mistakes! I was surprised that the other choirs had struggled in exactly the same places as we had!
The performance in the evening was just brilliant. What strikes you when you walk into the hall as a performer is its sheer size. The organ is tremendous and it accompanied many of our songs - it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck!
During our performance of ‘Calm is the Sea’ by Heinrich all the lights were slowly dimmed and everyone’s ‘twinklers’ began to flash in remembrance of those who had died from cancer. It was very moving and the minutes silence after was emotional. For me this is a moment I shall never forget as my mum and aunt both died from this terrible disease.
The big finish was the bands playing Elgar’s ‘Pomp & Circumstance’. It was an amazing sight to look out and see everyone waving flags and singing along - something I shall remember forever.
Thank you to the Incognito Singers for giving all of us this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Search ‘Festival of Voice and Brass Gala Concert 2018’ on YouTube to see some of the videos that have been uploaded and enjoy the moment too. You can also see photos and videos in our own gallery (which opens a separate google gallery page).
A big thankyou to our musical director David Murphy for the many hours he has spent with us rehearsing all the music and giving us this opportunity, to Sally Miller for organising flights accommodation, transport and all the logistics and to Linda Hands for her hard work on our outfits for the evening.
Brilliant! by David Blake, Tenor
We are taking part and all the arrangements are finished now, hopefully says Sally... she has been coordinating all the bookings, transfers, flights etc. I think she needs a medal.
The choir have been learning the songs and just to make sure we are on the right track and as costs were prohibitive for us to attend a UK regional rehearsal, Mr William Relton kindly came to us in Spain, along with the organiser Syd.
We had a good rehearsal and evening, but we must say a special thank you to Sue for playing the piano for us that night and a big thank you to Spikey for taking the great photos.
We have a gallery of a selection of the photos from the rehearsal.
So as the big day looms I think we are fairly well prepared. Just remember no more copies.... so it's all from memory. So my advice is "just smile at it".
Yes the choir is available for bookings such as weddings. Here is an article which appeared in the Almeria Living magazine recently, written by Peter Hands (our publicity coordinator).
Three years ago, Sarah Hyne and her husband Steve were on a property finding visit to the area and made a sightseeing visit to the Santuario de Saliente, where by chance, a wedding was taking place. Sarah was so taken with the church and the surroundings that she rang her daughter Lisa that evening to say, “I have found the venue for your wedding”, which was jumping the gun a little bit as Lisa’s boyfriend Jeremy had yet to propose, but as far as Sarah was concerned the decision had been made.
The wedding took place on Tuesday 29th May and was not without a few logistical problems as 110 of the guests were from the UK.
They all stayed at The Best Indalo Hotel in Mojacar Playa, which meant transport had to be arranged to get everyone to and from the church on the day.
To make things extra special for her daughter, Sarah decided to have live music during the ceremony and engaged The Incognito Singers to lead the congregation in the hymns and provide extra music during the signing of the register.
The ceremony was due to start at 12 noon, the church was ready, the priest was ready, the choir were in position, but there was no bride, groom or wedding party, however after a delay of an hour, the wedding went ahead as planned.
It later transpired that the bride was at the church on time having been brought there by car, but the mini bus, hired to bring Sarah, the groom and the ushers to the church had broken down just outside Albox.
As they waited for assistance the first of the two coaches bringing guests from Mojacar went past them without stopping. Fortunately, they were able to flag the second coach down and join them for the journey to the church.
Later, Sarah said “Apart from the first problems of the day, I couldn’t believe how well everything went. The church and surroundings were like something from an “A list” wedding. The refreshments in the courtyard of the church were superb, the reception at Casa Minguito in Mojacar Playa was amazing and the music from The Incognito Singers made the ceremony magical. One of those days I will always remember.”
The newly married Mr and Mrs O’Donovan will be having a belated honeymoon in The Bahamas next year
If you would like to hire the choir for your special day, then simply contact us for more information.
We have a few video clips from the recent Paws Patas fundraising concert.
Thanks to Darren (the partner of one of our singers) who kindly filmed us at the concert on Fri 25th May 2018 at Mira Flores Ballroom, Los Gallados Camping.
The videos catch us in full song. One is an extract from The Rhythm of Life and the other is the full version of This Is The Moment.
Both clips along with other snaps and other news clippings can be viewed in our Gallery.
If you have any photos of the choir that you would like to send us, simply contact us and we can arrange how to transfer/copy/download the photos. We have a fairly good IT department!
The choir once again did their part to successfully raise funds at the recent Walk for Life Concert
The choir was delighted to sing at the recent concert in aid of Walk For Life. Audiences for both performances were very appreciative.
An estimate of €825 was raised at the two performances, so well done everyone for taking part. It is a nice amount to go toward such a small and hopefully blossoming charity that does such good work.
If your charity is wants to hold a concert to raise funds, then simply contact us. You plan the event, advertise it and produce tickets, we can help with poster artwork and then we simply turn up and sing. We do not charge a fee! What could be easier?
Time again, the few have to do the work many could help with!
Publicity is easy right? It just happens? Well someone does it, don't they? No, No and Yes is the simple answer.
There is probably no right or wrong answer, however there are some tried and tested approaches to publicity that work and sometimes they differ from event, organisation and budget availability.
When The Incognito Singers did their first performance in Zurgena we were not cash rich; so in order to keep production costs to a minimum, it was decided to use direct advertising via social media and our website as there is clear evidence that this is the most cost effective approach. Both concerts were sold out and at no advertising cost to The Incognito Singers.
Subsequently, and in order to reduce production costs even further, the decision was taken to make a direct approach to local charities and offer our services to help them raise revenue. This effectively passed all production costs, advertising, ticket sales etc to the eventual recipients with The Incognito Singers providing the entertainment free of charge. Historically this has proved very effective for PawsPatas, A.E.C.C. and FACE.
Any printing and placement of advertising material is therefore left to the discretion of the producers of the concert.
If people feel there is an opportunity to increase effective advertising by placing posters etc., at sites other than those chosen by the producers, they are at liberty to approach them directly or through our publicity coordinator and suggest it.
For our most recent performance our publicity coordinator arranged posters to be designed and printed, so that we had control over the consistency and quality of the publicity material. These posters were placed in the usual prominent places and outlets along with tickets for sale. Hopefully these costs can be recovered?
The cheaper cost option is if all the 500 plus people who visited our website and Facebook page could share the post or website link, we would be able to share the load and burden of publicity and keep the costs to an absolute minimum.
And finally we also have an emailing list, so if anyone wants to join that, fill in our contact us form. Then we will keep you informed of future events when they appear on our website.
All this may go someway to dispel the myth that there is no advertising of events!
The Incognito Singers have completed another succesful year in 2017
We raised over €3,000 for charities through our performances.
Our rehearsals for 2018 recommence on Friday 12th January at 18:00. Check out our Rehearsals page for dates, times and location.
The new year and new season will concentrate on the music schedule for Royal Albert Hall. Choir members can log in to the Practice page for sheet music and rehearsal tracks.
We have a few vacancies particularly for men and specifically basses. However all potential new members are welcome to come along to a rehearsal and see if we are what you are looking for, We may have to operate a waiting list as we maintain a balance of voices and sections.
If your charity would like us to perform a concert to raise funds, get in touch.
We would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors for supporting and helping us throughout the year.
Happy New Year everyone.
Here is a nice editorial from the FACE team following our recent concert to help raise funds.
The Incognito Singers performed two magnificient Autumn Concerts entitled "Songs With Style", at the Teatro Municipal in Zurgena all for the benefit of F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) recently. The 27 strong group of mixed voice singers under the musical guidance of David Murphy, performed for well over an hour and twenty minutes, with a thirty minute break, a superb array of musical numbers ranging through light classical numbers, music from musicals and films such as "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma", and modern popular music by Nat King Cole and Whitney Houston, which delighted it's audiences.
This is the second in a series of three news items about the choir.
David is a new expat to Spain but now more importantly is one of our tenor singers. Here's what he has to say on his experience of joining The Incognito Singers.
On moving to Spain in August 2017 I knew that I would need to have a hobby and a way of meeting people. I love singing and always have since childhood so my partner suggested joining a choir.
And just exactly what does the Musical Director do anyway....
This is the first in a series of news items focusing in on our musical director, some of our singers and a member of our audience. So we can get a perspective on what The Incognito Singers do and how we are received.
Normally the musical directors role is quite simple, he / she just turn up and conduct the choir at rehearsals and concerts. It can't be that hard, it's only waving your arms about! If only, that was all it was!!!!
In a choir like ours, our MD also chooses the music, orders the music, creates the backing/rehearsal tracks and stores all the music. So he's a librarian too.
The distribution of our music is fairly straight forward as it is all available via our website, so he is the web administrator too.
And when new members join and we need to record all their personal details, send emails and keep everyone generally informed, then he acts as secretary as well.
Generally he manages to keep out of physical contact with stage-wear and just offers suggestions on what he thinks the choir should look like, but a recent trip to Cartagena with Linda our stage manager, saw the MD helping to chose material for the ladies new scarves. Plus he ended up paying for it and he did all the driving!
Surely he doesn't get involved in the finances too? Oh yes he does, up to last year he was treasurer, but thankfully this year he has managed to delegate that role to Natalie (Sop2) to keep the records and Ann (Front of House) to take weekly subscription.
So what about publicity, well thankfully he has Peter (Baritone) who has kindly taken on the role of advertising and concert manager, so that is some burden off his shoulders. Peter knows just how interesting and taxing that aspect of the choir can be.
All in all, most amateur choirs have an MD like ours and if they are lucky have a few good volunteers to help our run things too. It's all about team work and the love of doing it, after all there is no remuneration.
Last year The Incognito Singers raised more than 2000€ for charity and this year we hope to be able to top that.
It’s only February and performance diary is starting to fill up already
We will be performing a Spring Charity Concert for local Albox charities in Albox Ayuntamiento on 28th April with two more at the Third Age Club in Mojacar the following weekend 5th and 6th May in support of Paws and Patas animal charity
In addition, we are currently in discussion with Espanglish, the Vera based language school, to stage a multi choir charity concert in the new auditorio at Vera to be held in late October, with a mixture of English and Spanish choirs.
Finally, Christmas may seem years away, but we have already received two requests to perform and we will be giving our usual free “Friends and Family” night at our rehearsal venue, the Hostal Rosaleda in Arboleas.
You can contact us or sign up to our mailing list by visiting our Contact Us page.
To keep an eye on our forthcoming performances visit our Events page
Our website has had a mini make over.
Whilst we will be keeping the purple theme for our logo and stagewear, our website has had a bit of a make over to brighten it up and give it a slightly cleaner modern look.
"I hope you all like it?" says Web Admin.
Feel free to comment on the news item on our website or leave comments on our facebook page or send us an email, snail mail or carrier pigeon...
Happy New Year
The Incognito Singers held their summer concert at the weekend to two capacity houses.
As this was their first official home concert, there were delighted to be sold out for the Saturday and Sunday. The choir delivered a professional and polished performance to a very appreciative audience. The standing ovation at both events was a fitting tribute to the singers' hard work and dedication.
The weekend concerts raised a significant sum, which on this occasion will be donated to Harmony Community Support in Alfoquia (Almeria, Spain).
It is the aim of the choir to support local charities through their singing and performances.
The choir and singers would like to extend a huge thank you, to all who attended and supported these event and especially El Ayuntamiento de Zurgena for allowing us the use of the Teatro Municipal. We would also like to thank our sponsors and ticket outlets: CAT Services, Girasol and Total Entertainment.
No more tickets for the summer concert - hope you managed to get yours?
In over 40 years of music making and the last 20 years singing and directing I have never known two complete sell outs before a concert night.
So credit where credit is due, to all you guys and gals who bought tickets and promoted our first official concert - well done.
A special well done and big thank you from me to our publicity guru - Peter (Bass) and his wife Linda for all they have done in making the ticket sales just happen and run so smoothly.
We must also thank the organisations and outlets that allowed us to sell tickets, so thanks to:
Our sponsors Avalon will be there on the night with a stand and information.
So here is to the forthcoming performance and a full house, so break a leg everyone (not literally)!
Tickets are limited to 100 for each event, therefore book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets can be reserved via our contact page.
Refreshments and raffle available.
A double whammy of events helped F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everone) to raise thousands of €uro's over the last weekend of November.
On the Friday evening [27th Nov], F.A.C.E. organised their now traditional Christmas Market, and on the Sunday afternoon F.A.C.E. organised a Christmas party.
Both events were held in a huge marquee which had been erected in the Arboleas Feria Ground.
On the Friday evening, there were over 50 market stalls selling a wide range of Christmas and other products. In addition support of the event was given by various regional and national charities such as M.A.C.S (Mojacar Area Cancer Support), the A.E.C.C. (Asociación Española Contra El Cáncer), the National Spanish Cancer Charity, and A.L.C.E.R. (Asociación para la Lucha Contra Las Enfermedades del Riñón) a National Spanish Charity that assists people with renal problems.
The event was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Arboleas, Roger Done, accompanied by F.A.C.E. President Adele Wrigglesworth, before F.A.C.E. presented €1,000 to José Fenoy Ibánez of the A.L.C.E.R charity.
Throughout the evening entertainment was provided by the Incognito Singers, a choir of over 20 voices led by Musical Director David Murphy, who on the Friday evening were making their debut public performance. They gave a top quality performance of Christmas music in several different languages and were superb. "Carrie's Dusty Boots" performed Pirates of the Dusty Carrie-bean, to music from the Johnny Depp film Pirates of the Carribean. Colourful costumes. scenery and the use of a smoke machine and above all fabulous dancing, went towards making a fabulous exhibition. Also there was head and beard shaving, tombola, raffles, a bar selling amongst other things F.A.C.E.'s famous mulled wine made to a secret recipe, and many other delights such as mince pies! there was also a hamburger stall. Most importantly of all of course was that Santa Claus was also in attendance.
The Sunday afternoon was a more child orientated event with face painting, fancy dress competition and childrens games. However, once again the Incognito Singers were in attendance, as were "Carrie's Dusty Boots" who did a completely different routine called Snowy White and the Seven Dusty Dwarfs. More importantly though, especially for the children, was that Santa Claus was again in attendance. The F.A.C.E. Grand Christmas Raffle was also drawn during the afternoon, with the €200 First Prize going to Babs Kenningay. A full list of all the Prize Winners can be found on either the F.A.C.E. Facebook Page or on the F.A.C.E. Webpage at
The grand total of money raised over the two events raised an amazing € 3,713.16, although there is still some sponsorship still to be counted.
F.A.C.E. would like to thank all the stall holders, volunteers, sponsors, entertainers and Santa Claus for making these events the success they undoubtedly were.
For further information about F.A.C.E. please ring Adele Wrigglesworth on telephone number 667 255 094.
The new Incognito Singers have performed their first two events.
Friday 27th and Sunday 29th November saw the Incognito Singers performing a selection of Christmas carols and songs at the FACE Christmas Market and Party.
We were delighted to support this worthy cause which raises funds for people with Cancer in the Arboleas area and beyond.
We had some great feedback from shoppers at the market and audience at the party, both English and Spanish.
We were working towards a February concert which was cancelled in September, so we did a quick change of rehearsal schedule and focused on Christmas music as so many people had enquired.
So all in all, a good performance for a first outing of the new incognito singers and especially after just 10 rehearsals - very well done everyone.
Check out our events page for more up coming performances.
Rehearsals resume on Wednesday 2nd Sept. 2015 at Hostal Rosaleda from 18:30 until 20:30.
For more details about the group, rehearsal dates, music etc., simply browse our website which is packed with lots of details and information about The Incognito Singers.
See you then?
Since moving to Spain 3 years ago, my singing aspirations and skills honed over many years, have been diminishing slowly through the seeming necessity to concentrate on other things! This has been in the main fairly reasonable but there has always been a continuing ‘niggle’ in my head, along with perceived deterioration in my vocal ability, to cause me some frustration!
We received the following testimonial from one of our new members and checked we could post it on our website.
I joined The Incognito Singers just 2 weeks ago.
The Incognito Singers rehearse each week on a Wednesday evening 18:30 - 20:30 at Hostal Rosaleda (on the Arboleas/Albox Rd. opposite the Belgium Beer Bar).
If you would like to be part of a new dynamic quality singing group, simply call into a rehearsal or contact David for more information.
You can follow our progress on our website, news page, gallery and Facebook page.
Can you believe it we have had a second mention in another local paper; Euro Weekly News.
This time I received a lovely email from Elle to let me know an article had been written and placed in the latest newspaper. Wow more free advertising.
The copy in the newspaper was spot on and probably a directly lift from our own web page, but hey I'm not complaining. How thoughtful of Euro Weekly News to include us.
So hope you all managed to catch this article too?
Once again as a thank you, this is our plug for the local news.
The Incognito Singers have had a mention in the Sol Times.
We were contacted by Vivienne in sales recently to see if we would like some free advertising. Well who could refuse that?
So a brief explanation of the group and copy of the Open Rehearsal poster were duly sent. As it was free advertising we were grateful for any mention and whatever the Sol Times were going to kindly include in print.
Hope you all managed to catch the article?
And finally as a thank you, this is our plug for the local news.
The Incognito Singers have an open rehearsal planned for Wednesday 11th Feb 2015, so if you want to be part of a new dynamic quality mixed voice singing group simply contact David 629 977 822 for more details.
The rehearsal starts with a meet and greet session to enable people to get to know each other, followed by a brief introduction from the musical director. Then a session of vocal warm-up and exercises to help break the ice. Later the assembled group will learn a new song together (nothing too taxing but fun). Finally the evening will end with a Q&A session.
Hostal Rosaleda have kindly offered the rehearsal venue for free, therefore we would like to encourage all attendees to purchase a beverage or snack whilst there.