The Take Note Singers were formed by David Dell on the 17th July 2002. There was no great master plan at the start - it was just the germ of an idea to gather together some adults so that we could have fun singing.
Initially going by the name music4adults Singing Workshop, the singers met on a weekly basis at the Lane Park Cafe in Upper Hutt. The group of 20 people who started on the first night had grown to 40 singers by the end of the year.
2003 started with two groups of singers, one based in Upper Hutt and the other in Lower Hutt. By the end of the first term, over 90 people were singing on a regular basis - and the pattern that has proved so successful for nearly 12 years began to evolve.
At the start of 2006 the two Hutt Valley groups were joined together and new groups were formed in Kapiti and Porirua - and all the groups flourished. In April 2007, a fourth Take Note Singers group was formed, based in Wellington - and in July 2007 we celebrated our fifth birthday with a huge dessert party at the Police College in Porirua. We also launched a brief history book called Now We Are Five - The First Five Years Of The Take Note Singers.
During 2008, Jo Pegler took over the leading of the Wellington group. From 2009, we averaged around 200 singers per term across the four groups.
From Term 2 2012, Noel Signal took over the Kapiti group, while David Dell led the Hutt Valley and Porirua groups. At the end of 2012 Jo Pegler resigned as the leader of the Wellington group so that she could pursue further studies - and currently the Wellington group is in recess. PLEASE NOTE that Noel Signal now leads his own group in Paraparaumu that is totally separate to the Take Note Singers. We wish Noel well with his new group.
In Term 2 2014, David Dell launched the ALL NEW Take Note Singers with 5 groups: in the Hutt [a day group and an evening group]; in Porirua [a day group and an evening group]; and in Kapiti [a day group meeting at Paraparaumu Baptist Church].
From Term 3 2014 on, a total of 240 people were singing each week, spread across the 5 groups - which was a new record for the Take Note Singers! But there is still plenty of room for you to come along and sing with us!
In late 2016 we became a member of the New Zealand Choral Federation, and we now take part in many regional and national NZCF events!
From Term 1 2017 Felicia Edgecombe, the former HOD Music at Queen Margaret College in Wellington, and the former Musical Director of the Capital Choir, joined Take Note Singers and is running two additional TNS groups on Thursday mornings and evenings in Porirua.
2017 was our 15th Anniversary year, and we enjoyed a fitting celebration in October 2017.
From Term 3 2018, Emma Johnson, an experienced Music Therapist, took over the leading of the Hutt Groups, while David focused on the new combined Porirua/Kapiti day and evening groups. Felicia's groups have been renamed the Titahi Bay day and evening groups.
In 2020, 2021 and the start of 2022, as with many other singing groups, TNS was negatively affected by Covid-19 - and some terms were cancelled in order to protect the health of the singers. We really missed the singing and the friendships!
However - in Term 2, 2022 we plan for all the groups to be operating again [depending on the Covid-19 restrictions]. Please see the Events/Classes page for the details. And come and join us :-)
Go to the Classes/Events page for more exciting details!
What's so special about the Take Note Singers?
To put it concisely, we are a group of like-minded people who just love singing and who take great pleasure in joining together on a weekly basis to sing our hearts out!
You need to know that we are not just a choir. We are in it for the fun and the joy of singing - with none of the other expectations that go along with some choirs: no-one is auditioned, you don't have to practice at home, you don't have to attend every week, you don't have to be a trained singer, you don't have to be able to read music - and you don't have to be serious! In fact, if you heard the laughter that echoes through the practices, you could be forgiven for wondering what kind of a group you'd come across!
The Take Note Singers provides a great place for people to relax, to offload the stress of the week, to enjoy the company of an amazingly varied group of people and - of course - to gain from the physical and psychological benefits that come when you sing from the heart.
Singing with the Take Note Singers
If you're interested in finding out more about singing with the Take Note Singers, the best way is to come along and use your two no-obligation sessions. If you decide to join after that [and there is no pressure], it's a simple one minute process and you're in!
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For further information about the times and venues, please go to our Classes/Events page.