A Christmas Consort – All Saints’ Church Cottenham

A charity concert in aid of the choir ‘Sing to Remember’, based in Landbeach run by Jan Payne, for those with various sorts of memory loss, and their carers. The Christmas concert will be held at All Saints Church Cottenham on Saturday 10 December at 7.30pm.

Hot on the heels of our highly successful There is Sweet Music concert in the beautiful surroundings and acoustic of Ely Methodist Church (review & photos), we are shortly to perform a festive charity concert:

A Christmas Concert All Saints Church Cottenham

A Christmas Concert All Saints Church Cottenham

A Christmas Consort! – All Saint’s Church, Cottenham
Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm
Seasonal music, carols and solo items from choir members.

Tickets: £10 (under 16s charitable donation on door) online or 01954 251202


We hope to raise much needed funds for another local choir, ‘Sing to Remember‘, helping those with memory loss to enjoy music and singing. We look to sharing our love of choral and seasonal music with you at the concert at All Saints’ Church Cottenham and hopefully next year

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Tyrannochorus join The Really Big Chorus at the Albert Hall

On Sunday 10th July a group of Tyrannochorus choir members went to from Cottenham to London to sing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Really Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall.

TongueTwisters Children’s Choir (part of Tyrannochorus) were a sensation and sung their part beautifully; what an amazing experience for the children, their proud families and friends.

We were conducted by Bob Chilcott and The English Festival Orchestra played Peer Gynt Suite No 1 by Grieg and Romeo and Juliet Overture by Tchaikovsky.   After the interval, 1,000 voices came together to sing Carmina Burana and it was amazing to be part of it.

The Fen Edge Community Association kindly paid for our transport to and from London; we are so lucky to be part of such wonderful community which gives us so many great opportunities to develop and flourish.

Cathy Stableford – a member of the Big Mouth choir (part of Tyrannochorus)

Tyrannochorus Cottenham choir cheque presentationTongue Twisters get centre billingTongue Twisters sing at the Royal Albert Hall

Tyrannochorus - the audience take their seatsTThe 1000+ voices behind the 70 Strong English Festival OrchestraMr Chilcott conductor joining audience to give children a standing ovation


Three Cottenham choirs: TongueTwisters, VoxPop and bigMouth which all rehearse and perform separately, coming together on occasions to form the award-winning group, singing a mix of rock and Rutter, jazz and Jenkins, folk and funk.


for children are aged between 4 and 11 who meet to rehearse a varied repertoire – with the emphasis on ‘singing for fun’ – on Saturday lunchtimes. As well as performing locally, they are veterans of the Music for Youth festival (in which they reached the finals) and have been lucky enough to perform at West Road, Cambridge and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.


is the older brother/sister to TongueTwisters. They meet on Thursday evenings to sing an eclectic mix of often bespoke arrangements, off the peg songs and even specially-commissioned originals. They are veterans of the Music for Youth festival (in which they reached the finals) and have also performed at West Road Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

—-“A very musical and accomplished group!” (*)—-(*judges comments re VP)


started in response to parents of the younger groups and has blossomed into a fine and dedicated collective of like minds. They meet each Thursday night and, like a fine wine, they improve with age. Post rehearsal, they decamp to the kitchen for a glass of woeful plonk, which does not.

Singing in Cottenham and Landbeach

Jan Payne, a highly respected local musician, teacher and choir leader, is making singing fun in two different groups in the Fen Edge.

Her newest one is Sing to Remember (which started in December 2015) for people with dementia and their carers. Though much detail of the past disappears through memory loss, often the words of songs learnt at a young age remain. Jan, at the keyboard, encourages all to join in a hearty sing which, as we all know, makes you feel good.

Thanks to funding from FECA, the group meets weekly on Thursdays at Landbeach Baptist Church, with tea and biscuits at 11.15am followed by singing from 11.30-12.30. If you would like to come along to the group, or if you think you could spare a couple of hours now and again on a Thursday morning to join a team of volunteers, please contact the Community Development Officer, Care Network on 01954 211919 or by email to SouthCambsCD@care-network.org.uk

The first group which Jan runs on behalf of the Care Network is now in its second year. Singing for Fun meets in term time at the Salvation Army Barn, High Street, Cottenham on Thursdays from 1.45 to 3.15pm. The picture shows the group of men and women singing at their 1st birthday party last year. You don’t need to be a trained or experienced singer nor read music – just come along. Word sheets are provided but soon you’ll find that the songs you remember from yesterday will come flooding back. Contact Pam Lumsden on 01954 251371 for more information.

Singing in the Fen Edge