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The power of singing!

Posted on May 30 2017 at 10:50:51 0 comments


If you fancy joining a choir but don’t think you can sing, there are a number of local groups that might suit you!

New choir The Cats Chorus (above) is described as “a fun choir for people who love to sing but don’t have to be vocally gifted”, and meets on Tuesdays (term-time) at 7.30pm in The Wheel, Blackwell.

Founder Sharon Nicholls says: “I am most definitely vocally-challenged, but I think singing is one of the most uplifting things you can do, especially in a group.

“The thought of joining a choir when you really can’t sing in tune was intimidating, so I took the plunge and started The Cats Chorus. We really do have a lot of fun and sing hits from the 60s up to the present day.”

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Elsewhere, singing teacher Ruth Wood has launched two new singing groups specifically for people with dementia, Parkinson’s, MS and other neuro conditions, plus their carers, friends and relatives.

“These groups are not choirs; everyone is welcome (whether they think they can sing or not) and no-one will be required to sing on their own unless they want to!” says Ruth.

“The training I received followed ongoing research into the effects of singing and rhythm on the brain. The results are very encouraging and can noticeably improve quality of life.

Having a rare neuro condition myself, I can testify to the efficacy of the content.”

The groups meet at the Trinity Centre in Lickey on Wednesdays 2–4pm (£3 per head to include refreshments), and at REDI Centre, South Street, Redditch on Fridays 1–3pm (£3 per head to cover expenses; refreshments available in the cafe).

No advance booking needed, but more info is available on 0121 453 6952.

For those who’d like to give singing a try, The Arrow Vale Singers are holding Open Rehearsals on Wednesdays July 5, 12 and 19, when anyone can come along and enjoy singing well-known songs – no need to read music and there are no auditions.

Sessions take place from 8–10pm at Batchley Community Centre, Redditch B97 6PB, including a coffee and cake break. More info on 07718 113086, or by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

And if you’d like to join a church choir, how about St Bartholomew’s at Tardebigge (B60 3AH)?

The choir is struggling with declining numbers due to age and health, but still sings in four parts at morning and evening services on Sundays, plus weddings and funerals. They particularly need a bass or bass-baritone, but all parts are welcome!

Pop along to a practice on Saturdays at 10am, or contact Robert Barnett on 01527 542491.

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