Credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson
Credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson Credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson Credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson Credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson Credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson

Sing for Water West presents The Big Sing
Saturday 6th July 2013 at 3.15pm
Amphitheatre on the Harbourside, Bristol

The Big Sing will be bigger and better than ever in 2013, with activities for kids and families to make it a really special day out.

There will be a strong nautical flavour to the day - so you'd better watch out for strange and entertaining sailors and keep an eye out for unsavoury pirates lurking on the quayside. And once again, The Matthew will be moored alongside the amphitheatre. We'd like to fill the harbourside with pirates of all shapes and sizes, so if you've got an eye-patch, parrot or a skull & crossbones, bring them along.

Our marquee this year is playing host to Kris Freeman's Tropical Discovery Workshop: come and discover snakes, tarantulas, geckos, tree frogs, scorpions and other animals - all in a safe, fun and interactive environment!

And, for the first time, we will have a colourful market selling local arts and crafts, as well as teas, coffees and cakes.

The MegaChoir will take to the stage and the sound of a thousand voices will fill the air. And there may well be some special guests again this year.

If you're planning on making a day of it, you'll be pleased to know that there are many cafes, restaurants and bars within easy reach of the amphitheatre.

Even if you're not a singer you can still get involved in this fabulous event. If you are happy to do a short stint as a Steward, you'll still be able to see all the performances and would help to make everything run smoothly. If you can spare an hour or so on the day, email our Chief Steward Lisa Samuel at

It's going to be quite a day.

Bristol Sing for Water group

If you have no wish to sing but would be happy to volunteer spare time or useful skills to the local effort to help WaterAid, click here.

UK Sing for Water

For more information about the national Sing for Water effort to raise money, including other similar Sing for Water events around the country, please visit the Sing for Water website here.

Directors of The Big Sing

Sing for Water West is organised by Ali Orbaum, Pip Morgan and Chris Samuel:

Ali Orbaum has been arranging, performing and leading singing groups at arts centres, festivals, community centres and schools around the country for the last 14 years. Co-director, with Dee Jarlett, of Bristol's 160-strong Gasworks Choir since 1997, they also co-founded the acclaimed acappella group Naked Voices, and continue to teach together at Bristol's annual Community Choir Convention and at Unicorn Voice Camps. Ali also currently runs "Abbacapella" workshops around the country.

Chris Samuel runs three community choirs jointly known as the Wiltshire Wailers and the soon to be infamous 'Magnificent AK47s' - the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes. He performs in the UK and Europe with Aussie festival favourites The Spooky Men's Chorale and his own vocal trio The Croutons is getting a name as one of the freshest acappella acts on the circuit.

In addition to Sing for Water West, Ali and Chris have worked together on several projects including inter-school music days and "Sing Your Socks Off" holidays and workshops. They are both members of the Natural Voice Practitioner's Network.

Pip Morgan is a veteran of the Bristol Singing scene and is a member of the Gasworks Singers (the performing group of The Gasworks Choir) and also a founder member of The Gasmen - a small all-male performance group. He has been involved in running Sing for Water West since our first outing in 2009 and it would be unthinkable to do it without him.