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What began as a small group who enjoyed singing carols around a village has stood the test of time to celebrate 50 years.

Horringer Singers, based in Horringer, near Bury St Edmunds, was officially launched in February 1972 after founder member the late Winifred Newberry had suggested forming a choir after Christmas 1971.

Susan Crameri, also a founder member, said she had seen the growth and changes over the years.

Horringer Singers today. The choir is marking 50 years. Picture: Tom Soper
Horringer Singers today. The choir is marking 50 years. Picture: Tom Soper

“We started with 13 members who all lived in Horringer and we rehearsed in Winifred’s house,” she said. “Within a short time our numbers increased which necessitated our move to the community centre for rehearsals

“As our popularity grew we regularly performed a Christmas concert in Horringer which has continued for all these years.

“We have a varied repertoire which includes religious music for Easter and lighter music.

Horringer Singers in the 1970s
Horringer Singers in the 1970s

“We have sung in various venues including Ely and Peterborough Cathedral when for many years we belonged to the National Association of Choirs.

“Some of our members have been singing for over 30 years; during this time many lasting friendships have been formed.”

Mrs Crameri said she had so many ‘happy memories’ of all they had achieved from very small beginnings with 13 members.

Horringer Singers in 2015. Picture: Jenny Pearson
Horringer Singers in 2015. Picture: Jenny Pearson

Previously, membership has increased to more than 50 singers, but currently it is around 25/30.

The choir usually performs three concerts a year and its current musical director is Kevin Slingsby, whose father sang with the group for over 40 years.

“Horringer Singers is a very friendly choir and always welcomes new members,” said Mrs Crameri. “We have been an integral part of the village events for 50 years and hope this will continue.”

Horringer Singers is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a concert on June 26
Horringer Singers is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a concert on June 26

To celebrate 50 years of singing in Horringer and the surrounding area, and to also mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there will be a concert of light music with afternoon tea on Sunday, June 26, at 3pm in Horringer Community Centre.

Tickets can be purchased on the door.

Horringer Singers is a friendly choir and always welcomes new members
Horringer Singers is a friendly choir and always welcomes new members

If you enjoy singing and would like to be part of the choir, please contact Mrs Crameri on 01284 735395.