Sing For Your Sarnies at NAVF 2017

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Written by Rowan Matthiessen

Côr Pawb/Everyone’s Choir
returns with ‘Sing for Your Sarnies’; the finale of the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2017. Following their heart-warming concert which launched the festival last year the choir is back.  Côr Pawb is composed of around 150 singers from West Wales, ranging in age from 7 to 70+ who will be singing their hearts out for you at this cosy community concert.


This unique intergenerational choir brings together community groups, local school pupils and community choirs from across the region to round off the festival at 1pm on Sunday 26th February in the Queen’s Hall Narberth.


The choir will be singing songs from around the world including tunes from Wales, South America, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and England. The singing will be an uplifting mix of 3 and 4 part harmonies which won’t fail to leave the audience humming along. As well as a feast of song the audience will be invited to participate in a song or two and literally ‘Sing for Your Sarnies’ with delicious food included in the ticket price.


Span Arts’ Cheerful Project, funded by the Big Lottery, is running singing workshops and rehearsals with local groups as part of their programme of community workshops and events.  The Cheerful Project Manager, Rowan Matthiessen said, “After the success of last year’s performance we wanted to reconvene the choir and make it more accessible to everyone.  The ‘Sing for your Sarnies’ event will give a unique platform for a wonderfully diverse group of people bought together by a shared love of song & singing; we hope lots of people will come & support them”.


Local schools participating are Narberth Community Primary School and Castle School; Participating choirs include: Côr Megafon (Newport), Sweet Harmony Community Choir (Carmarthen), Singing Village (St Dogmaels), One Voice Choir (Narberth), Llangranog Community Choir and the Span Arts singing group.


For anyone over the age of 7 who is interested in joining Côr Pawb, there is an open workshop to learn the repertoire on Saturday 11th February, 10am-4pm in the Queen’s Hall Narberth. You don’t need to have any previous experience of singing; everyone is welcome!


‘Sing for Your Sarnies’ is part of a fantastic line up for the 2017 Festival which includes the acclaimed Helen Chadwick and Bella Voce on Friday, Fistful of Spookies and the Oxford Gargoyles on Saturday and a raft of tantalising workshops.


To find out more or book tickets call Span Arts on 01834 869323 or online


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    Hello. Will there be a Big Sing following the workshops this year? Also,will there be anywhere to eat or share food before the evening performance on the Saturday? Many thanks.

    Anna Trotman Fri Feb 3