Sutton Choir celebrates a tune-tastic first year!

A local choir for those who consider themselves less vocally blessed will soon be celebrating their first birthday with a concert after an incredible year!

Sutton Coldfield Tuneless Choir in full swing

Since starting last May, the Sutton Coldfield Tuneless Choir has welcomed over 300 people through the door and regularly attracts between 100 and 130 people a week. It has created an incredible community and given hope and courage to people who do not feel confident enough to join a formal choir. It also gives the members the opportunity to enjoy the health and social benefits that singing in a choir brings, even if they feel their voices are not up to much!

Over the year since it was launched the choir has also made a number of public performances and has raised over £500 for the Royal Voluntary Service. The quirkiness of the choir reached the television resulting in an invitation to film an episode of the BBC quiz Eggheads which will be aired in the next few months. The choir will also be singing at the CBSO Family Fun Day in Sutton Park on 2nd July.

Choir Manager, Lisa Martin said:

“It’s been a truly amazing year – we started with people who were barely confident enough to sing in front of each other (myself included!) and we now have a fabulous choir that has grown in confidence so much we have a large number of members who sing in public and love to do so! Despite our name, we have surprised people with how we sound at public performances and have often been told that we sound great and ‘not at all Tuneless!”

Mel Sharman-Everton, Choir Leader adds:

“Many of our members have been told they can’t sing, so they don’t – or haven’t up ‘til now! But because we provide a safe, relaxed, non- judgmental place for people to sing with the emphasis on participation rather than perfection, people feel free to sing their hearts out and it really doesn’t matter if they hit a few duff notes! We sing many different genres each Tuesday evening from pop music over the decades and musicals to films, gospel and much more so there’s something for everyone. It creates such a joyful energy and it’s so lovely seeing the smiling faces at the end of the night.”

Regular choir member Heather Willetts loves her Tuneless Tuesdays and says:

“It’s very uplifting and makes me feel happy. I can sing to my heart’s content without worrying if I’m in tune. This is wonderful after being told all my life that I can’t sing and being told to ‘shut up’ if I attempted to. I also love the social aspect and camaraderie. I’ve made many new friends and enjoy the mixed age range.”

Fellow choir member Kath Stewart adds:

“Everyone is so friendly and it doesn’t matter whether you can sing or not. Everyone is just out to have a good time!”

The health benefits of singing have been well documented and choir member Sharon Hughes loves her regular dose of ‘feel good’, saying:

“I love going and find it relaxing, stress busting and fun. It has been a welcome antidote to a full time stressful job.”

Fellow choir member Cheryl McBreen agrees, adding:

“It’s a great way to relax and forget about everything else for a couple of hours.”

The celebratory birthday concert will be held at the United Reformed Church in the town centre this Saturday, 20th May, at 1.30pm with all donations on the door going to the RVS. All are welcome and audience participation is actively encouraged!

The Sutton Coldfield Tuneless Choir meets every Tuesday during school term time at the United Reformed Church in Sutton Town Centre and would be delighted to welcome new members. Further information on joining and costs are available at www.tunelesschoirs.com, by contacting the choir manager, Lisa Martin on 07969 436059 or emailing her at suttoncoldfield@tunelesschoirs.com.

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