Why join a choir?
We have a great tradition of choral singing in this country, at all levels, and in recent years there has been a lot of coverage in the media about the benefits of singing in a choir. At the same time, and perhaps partly as a result of the media coverage (and the influence of the likes of Gareth Malone), there has been an enormous increase in amateur choir participation.
Making Music estimates that there are currently around 40,000 choirs in the UK.
Roderick Williams’ Radio 4 series “Choral History of Britain” explored how singing together “is at the heart of being human” and is well worth listening to if you haven’t already.
Communal singing can help you physically, mentally and socially. If you are interested in finding out more, here are a couple of articles on this:
- Choir singing improves health, happiness – and is the perfect icebreaker
- BBC Guides to singing in a choir
So if you enjoy singing, want to connect with others who like to sing, and feel better at the same time, don’t delay, join a choir!
Why sing in our choir?
We are an enthusiastic and friendly village choir, fortunate enough to have Paul Jackson, Director of Music at Anglia Ruskin University, as our musical director and the excellent Maurice Hodges as our accompanist.
There is a great sense of camaraderie amongst the choir and we try to strike a balance between having fun and striving for as high a standard as possible. Many of the choir members live in Haslingfield but a number live in surrounding villages and Cambridge. If transport to Haslingfield is a problem for you, please contact Kate (secretary) as lifts can often be arranged.
Many choir members have sung in a choir before and can read music, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t read music or have never sung in a choir. We are looking for people who love to sing, enjoy a range of choral music and are willing to attend weekly rehearsals. We also recommend that you do a bit of practice at home between rehearsals either by singing along to a recording, or accessing practice midi files.
You might be thinking that choral singing isn’t for you, well we are more than happy for people to come and give it a go and then decide if it is or not. You might be surprised at how wonderful it can be. And feel free to invite a friend. We are always looking for new members, particularly tenors and basses.
"Tuesday is my favourite day of the week! Wonderful music, new friends and a great lift for the body and soul."