Thank you!


We would like to thank you for your interest and help in the production of the Sing for Water North 2020 collaborative video (click here if you’ve not seen it yet!).  Not just those who actually sang on the video, but also those of you who donated to Water Aid (click here for our JustGiving page) and those who shared the video on the various social networking platforms, told their friends about it and generally made it a success.

We have already received donations of over £1000 since we made the video (with an overall total so far of £4,306).  And Water Aid have been in touch to congratulate us and to say that in the coming week they will be sharing the video on their social media platforms.

Well done everyone and thank you from the Sing for Water North team, but most especially from all the people who will be helped by Water Aid in the coming months.

This year we made a video instead!

This year, you may have heard that instead of singing out of doors, we made a video.  We bring you the Sing for Water North 2020 Collaborative Video!

It was made, not in Preston Flag Market but in our own front rooms with love and determination.

We very much hope you will give to Water Aid to support this fantastic charity, that with just £15 can do so much. Please click here if you would like to donate.


Send us your videos soon!

The deadline for submitting your videos has now been extended to Midnight on Tuesday 2nd June.

If you have not already done so, please submit your videos in the next couple of days to ensure that they are included!

A message for video participants

Hello to everyone who has signed up for our collaborative video of “Moon River” which we will use to raise funds for Water Aid. You should have received an email from Sing for Water North, explaining to you how to do it all. Also a video to watch that may help make you feel like you can do this! If you haven’t received an email or can’t remember if you registered your interest, it is not too late to do so. Please Contact Us if you have any queries.

Sing for Water North cancelled, but we have an idea…

We are very sorry to inform you that Sing for Water North in Preston in June is cancelled. However various NW choir leaders have been in conversation and we have a plan to produce a video of you all singing Moon River from home! Step aside Gareth Malone!

We would be really grateful if you could complete the form below to say if you personally or members of your choir are interested in being on the video on the following basis:
1. If you would be prepared to pay somewhere between £5 and £10 per person (for us to pay for post production audio and video editors to put it together)
2. If you / your members would be prepared to relearn the song
3. If you / your members are used to using file sharing (such as dropbox or We Transfer)
4. If you / your members have 2 devices – one for playing a backing track and one for recording on (both video and audio).
We really hope that at least 50 of you will respond and we can go ahead! And please note there will be a maximum of 128 places so keep watching for updates!

We are going ahead with our rehearsal in Burnley but please read!

We understand that in these difficult times, there may be some of you who would prefer not to come tomorrow. But we also know that many would still very much like to come, so as of Friday 13 March at 3pm we are going ahead. However please be sure to read the following points and check for further updates.

Our responsibilities: We will ensure that we are being as safe as possible by 

1. Setting the seats a good distance apart (it is a big space so there is plenty of room for this)

2. Ensuring everything has been thoroughly cleaned in all the places where we will be.

3. Giving out clean sheets of words for the songs – or you can bring your own. You may also want to bring a labelled folder to put them in.

As mentioned previously it is also really important that you don’t come if you have been unwell, have a persistent cough / temperature, or have been with others who are unwell. We are really looking forward to seeing those of you who come, and if no one comes watch out for video clips of Moira, Olwyn, Janet and Janet doing funny things with songs. 

Your responsibilities: We are asking you to:

1. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and bin it – there will be a closed pedal bin available for this

2. Wash your hands on arrival and after any sneezing/coughing

3. Bring your own hot drinks and cake as well as lunch. (We just think this is the safest way to go – sorry!) There will be limited supplies available too.

4. Use elbow bumps or facial expressions for greetings (what a lovely idea for a warm up!)  

Morning rehearsal is now full!


Moira leading a rehearsal

We now have over 180 people registered for this year’s event and have reached capacity for the rehearsal space on the morning of 13th June!

If you still want to register to take part in Sing for Water North 2020, you can do so, but this is now to only take part in the afternoon performance and you will need to either learn the songs using the sound files available to those who register, or attend one of the other rehearsals that have been arranged.



Singing day/Rehearsal day in Kendal – Saturday 4th April.

Rachael Wadey and Clare Elleray Mee are leading an informal singing day/rehearsal day in Kendal (at the Unitarian Chapel on Branthwaite Brow) on Saturday April 4th and you are very welcome to attend. We suggest a donation of £15 for the day but if you are already registered for the Preston event you may want to give less (or more!) that day.

The day will start at 10.30am (arrive in plenty of time to start singing then) and finish by 4pm. We’ll try to learn/sing all the songs for the Preston event. We’ll have Gift Aid forms for those that can offer that extra help.

Do bring a bit of food to share and/or lunch for yourself, or there are plenty of places to get lunch in the town centre. We’re at the Unitarian Chapel on Branthwaite Brow for the day.  Drinks will be available there.

To book for the Kendal event send your name and contact details including “Sing for Water Kendal day” to Clare Elleray Mee

Extra rehearsal for Sing for Water North 2020 – Learn all the songs in one day!

Date: Saturday 14th March from 10.00 til 4.00. Actual start time will be 10.20 but please arrive a little early to get a brew and ensure you are registered.

Venue: Padiham Road Methodist Church, Padiham Road, Burnley, BB12 8AD.The entrance to the church is on Brassey Street. Refreshments included – though you must bring your own lunch.

Cost: If you have already registered for the main Sing For Water North event in Preston on 13th June, this event will be free of charge (though we will be collecting donations for refreshments including homemade cake). If you just want to come to this event, we are asking for donations in the region of £5 – £10. All funds will go to Water Aid.

Choir leaders Moira Hill, Olwyn Pearce and Janet Swan will be leading. The venue is just off the M65 with plenty of free on street parking and just a 15 minute walk from Burnley Rose Grove rail station (on the Manchester / Todmorden / Blackburn route).

No need to book, just turn up and please feel free to come with friends!