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The Songbirds singing for Chaplaincy

Songbirds choir stood performing together

Samantha Burton, West Sussex Chaplain, recently attended a spring concert put on by the Crawley Songbirds Choir who sang to raise funds for our Chaplaincy Service (and for Crawley Open House). She tells us more about it below:


One of our volunteer chaplains is a member of the Songbirds Choir in Crawley and they put our chaplaincy service forward to be one of the charities that they raise money for at their concerts. The committee chose us and Crawley Open House as their two charities to support for the year.

The choir held three concerts and I spoke briefly at the Christmas and Spring events to say in a nutshell what we do at YMCA DLG, and at Chaplaincy. I shared a story from one of the residents and I thanked everyone for their support and the Songbirds for choosing to support us this past concert year.

The concerts were great. The choir sing a mixture of contemporary “pop” and musical songs, as well as some more “retro” songs. They sing to live music – piano, drums, guitar and more, as appropriate, as well as some acapella singing which had a real spine-tingling effect!

The spring concert alone raised about £800 to be split between the 2 causes. We will have the final amount in the coming months and of course will let you all know.

songbirds choir: three women standing smiling in a church.
L-R: Denise is part of the Choir’s Committee and in charge of social outreach, Samantha is our YMCA DLG Chaplain, and Jo is the Choir’s Conductor/Musical Director.

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