Woof woof la la la: Singers to raise the roof for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

The Bsingers
The Bsingers

Singing groups will raise the roof of St Peter’s Church to raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The Bsinging Workshops annual Summer Strawberry Sing has raised more than £10,000 over the last seven years for a range of charities.

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This year’s event will be held at St Peter’s, Berkhamsted, for about an hour from 3pm on Saturday.

Bsinging was founded in 2000 by professional classical singer Yvonne Brener of Dellfield Close, Berkhamsted, as a group for beginners and ‘the totally terrified’ just to get people singing.

There are now seven weekly workshops in Berkhamsted with more than 100 singers, who sing weekly in groups of about 20. The singers come together from their individual groups for just one rehearsal on the day of the concert.

Yvonne said: “We sing everything from children’s chants to pop songs and classical pieces.

“Every year the groups combine to share their songs in the marvellous setting of St Peter’s Church, followed by scrumptious strawberries and cream.

“Beginners and the totally terrified are welcome, and that is where my heart lies. There will definitely be singers who never thought they could ever sing in a concert!

“The singers are many and varied and come because singing makes them happy.

“We will be singing an eclectic mix of songs from native American and Zulu to Mozart and Say A Little Prayer for Me, from Caribbean to American and Scottish folk.”

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People was chosen as this year’s charity because Rachel Keen, who lives in Potten End and is a Bsinger, is a puppy socialiser who takes puppies to the workshops to teach them to settle in public and get used to large groups of people.

Puppy socialising helps the pets get used to other dogs and people. Rachel is currently socialising a black Spaniel puppy called Koko. Koko is the fourth dog to go singing, following Rowan a spaniel, Lola a yellow lab and Sam a black Lab. Koko will be at this year’s concert.

Hearing Dogs was launched at the world famous Crufts dog show in 1982 and has since have created more than 1,800 life-changing partnerships between deaf people and hearing dogs in the UK. There are currently more than 900 working partnerships in the country.

The organisation trains hearing dogs to alert deaf children and adults to important household sounds and danger signals such as the alarm clock, doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm - providing independence, confidence and valuable companionship.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People will give a short talk about their amazing work during Saturday’s event.