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 D'VINE SINGERS       WELCOME YOU

 

Back in the Community! 

The D'Vine Singers are now meeting back at the fabulous Vine Church, near the Vine cricket ground:  Fridays 12.00 - 1.30 pm. We're back in action, singing in the community once again, with our own Fun-packed Fund-raiser on Saturday 9th July.  In the meantime you can see us at the BIG COMMUNITY SING at the Stag Theatre, celebrating the Queen's Jubilee on 7th June.

 

We're keen to get out and about even more in the coming months but could do with a few more voices.  This is where YOU CAN HELP! You don't have to be a Pavarotti or Adele - anyone is welcome .... as they say on Sky Arts, Anyone Can Sing!

We can promise you a warm welcome and the companionship of singing in a supportive group, which is great for body and soul! 

 

We're lucky enough to meet in a well-ventilated and hygienic Church hall and will be sitting socially distanced for a 'safer sing'.  But that won't stop stop the music or the fun, so come and give it a try!  We're grant-funded so there's no fee.  For more details please contact jacky.hintze@outlook.com or phone 07708 237415. 

Our Roots

The D'Vine Singers are a friendly, informal group who meet to sing for fun, with a strong focus on mental wellbeing.  We take our name from the Vine Baptist Church in Sevenoaks, where we meet from 12.00-1.30 pm on Fridays.  The group began life as part of a funded research study into singing and mental health.  When the project came to an end, with the value of singing getting a definite ‘thumbs up’, we were keen to carry on as an independent group and here we are today, still going strong after 8 happy years of mutual support.

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At our 7th birthday celebration in October, we said goodbye and thank you to our founding chairman, Peter, and welcomed Miller who will be taking over the reins and keeping us in order from now on!

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ALL TOGETHER NOW!

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FOR  FUN

What We Sing

We sing rounds and simple part songs, learnt by ear, covering all kinds of music so there is something for everyone to enjoy.  You don’t have to read music and there is no audition.  We continue to have a strong focus on mental health, as we believe in the power of singing to lift the spirits and provide companionship.  You don’t need to be a budding Pavarotti or Adèle - just someone who enjoys singing in a supportive group.  We welcome anyone, regardless of previous experience.  If you’d like to know more please phone the choirleader, Jacky, on 07708 237415 or email jacky.hintze@outlook.com*

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FOR WELLBEING

‘Singing for mental health and wellbeing’ Kent-wide research project 2014  

*        The D’Vine Singers began life in 2014 as part of a research study into ‘singing and mental wellbeing’ by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University.  The research was funded by the NHS in conjunction with Kent County Council’s Wellbeing campaign.  During the study, participants were asked to evaluate their mental wellbeing according to questions based on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale, a recognised questionnaire that is used as a measure of mental health in the UK. 
Once the research study came to a close, the singers were keen to continue with the weekly sessions and a committee of volunteers was set up to run The D’Vine Singers as an independent community group.  Although the sessions are open to everyone, we feel it is important to maintain the original focus on mental health, so occasionally we ask members to think about whether the group singing has made a difference to their lives.  To date the responses have all been very positive, particularly in terms of lifting mood and reducing social isolation.

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FOR FRIENDSHIP

One Step at a Time

At D'Vine Singers, we are dedicated to welcoming all comers who enjoy singing and are looking for a friendly group to join at the same time giving support to those, who may not be able to join such a group alone.