Bring your teddies along to Crawley Concordia Singers’ latest concert

Crawley Concordia Singers with their teddies
Crawley Concordia Singers with their teddies

Audience members have been invited to bring a picnic and their favourite teddy bear when Crawley Concordia Singers present their summertime picnic concert on Saturday, July 11.

The concert will have a distinctly seasonal flavour, ranging from ‘I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’ and ‘Blue Skies’ to ‘Summer Time’ and ‘The Teddy Bears’ Picnic’.

The concert takes place at St Wilfrid’s Catholic School, Old Horsham Road, Crawley, at 6.30pm. Tickets are £12, children aged 12-16 are £3, and under-12s are free.

Tickets are available on 07790 863229 or at the door.

Choir members will be bringing their teddies and are keen to encourage as many audience members as possible to bring their own bears. The picnic will take place during the extended interval. Soft drinks will be on sale.

Concordia Singers’ musical director Ian Assersohn said: “There’s plenty of sunshine in our lively programme as many of our songs extol the joys of the season, spanning the centuries from the mediaeval round ‘Sumer is Icumen in’ through Elgar’s ‘As Torrents in Summer’ right up to some carefree picnicking teddy bears.

“We hope people will be impressed by the choir’s repertoire of animal noises. It wasn’t until rehearsals began that I realised quite how many of these songs require them. Listen out particularly for sheep, cows and assorted jungle animals.

“The concert also features the Martineau Brass quintet with their own selection of summertime music.”

Concordia Singers have been part of Crawley’s musical heritage for more than half a century.

Rehearsals take place every Thursday evening at 7.45pm at Crawley URC, Worth Park Avenue, Pound Hill.

Choir publicity officer Donna Oxley said new members were always welcome: “If you enjoy singing, why not come along and try it out for yourself?

“There is no audition, and you won’t be tested in any way. Our rehearsals have a friendly, informal atmosphere and the concerts are always great fun.”

To find out more about Crawley Concordia Singers, visit their website,, find them on Facebook or call 07790 863229.

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