Scilly Sirens Preparing For Off-Islands Tour This Summer

scilly sirensThe Scilly Sirens begin their summer off-island concerts at St Martin’s Church this evening.

It’s the third year that the women have taken their choir on tour.

The programme is varied and ranges from classics like Dona Nobis Pacem, to pop hits by Take That.

Organiser Debbie Wainwright says they’ll be singing some old favourites but they’ve also found some new pieces that work well.

But she admits that getting their repertoire right involves a bit of “trial and error.” Some songs appear to work on paper, she says, but when they start rehearsing them, they quickly realise they’re not working and drop them.

The women will also provide a musical tribute to those who fought at D-Day, although Debbie says it was a challenge to find the right songs because many arrangements need men’s voices too.

They’ve chosen ‘Tuxedo Junction’ and ‘Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree’ which Debbie says work well with their singers.

It can be a logistical challenge to arrange off-island events.

Debbie says she’s grateful to St Martin’s residents who will meet the choir’s boat and take equipment and members who can’t walk well to the church.

The off-island concerts are taking place on Monday evenings. Debbie says Monday night is traditionally the choir rehearsal time, so it is easier to coordinate members’ diaries at a busy time of year. And with fewer competing events it means the concerts are well attended.

The choir has grown since last year with 32 women expected to sing this evening, up from around 22 last year.

Debbie says numbers fluctuate through the year but they always seem to get a steady stream of new recruits.

Following tonight’s concert at 8pm, the summer programme continues at St Agnes Church on Monday, July 23 at 8pm. On Monday 14th July the Sirens sing at Tresco’s New Inn.

They’ve also confirmed two St Mary’s dates. They’ll be contributing to the Armed Forces Day on Holgate’s Green at 3.15pm on June 28th. There’ll also be a concert on St Mary’s on Tuesday 22nd July.

Debbie says she is keen to hear from any women who want to join the highly social group. You can contact her at the school.

The choir start their regular rehearsal nights in September, ahead of their Christmas appearances.