15 Barleyfields, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4UN
We're a choir where everyone's welcome:
The choir was started by Sue in 2014 and 75% of the current members have been with the choir from the start. We have always sung throughout the year, with only a week or two's break between 'terms' every 10 - 12 weeks.
Each year we sing as part of the Festive Lighting Up Parade at the start of December and at other festive events throughout the month. We end the year with a Christmas Party where there is always an abundance of sparkly lights, excellent company, music and wine, singers and song. Not to be missed is the adult 'pass the parcel', secret Santa and a quiz.
At the end of the winter term (around the end of March) we like to have a session in a local recording studio to record some of the songs we have learned - purely so that we can all hear how we sound.
At the end of the spring/summer term (early August) we finish with a Fish & Chip evening, and at the end of the summer/autumn term (late September) we finish with a TakeAway evening.
We have been asked to sing at many community events during the summer season, both in our town and a little further afield at village fetes and country fairs.
There has been much in the media recently about the benefits of singing on both mental and physical health, and many of our members are happy to share just how much being in the choir and singing together every week has meant, and continues to mean, to them. From relieving the pain of chronic rheumatoid arthritis to lifting low mood, from making new friends having recently moved to the area to easing the symptoms of asthma through better breathing.
Joining a choir may never have been top of your priority list, but once you have you'll wonder why you didn't try it before . . . and I can guarantee that you will always leave with a smile on your face and feeling better than you did when you arrived!
Sue is a Natural Voice Practitioner, and all your learning will be done by ear so you don't need to read music
We meet every Thursday evening at 7pm for a cuppa, a biccie and a chat.
Singing from 7.00 - 9.15pm.
£5 per session includes all refreshments
Gillingham Community Choir is feeling festive.
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Gillingham Community Choir is feeling happy at Vicarage School rooms.
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2 months ago
While we're having our summer break, I've been to visit the lovely Brenda who had her hip replaced a few weeks ago. She's making great progress, and is in good humour!!
From your generosity it was lovely to be able to give her a small bag of useful gifts:
A locally made, organic and natural moisturising cream to help her scar heal, some hand made gentle soaps also locally made, a murder mystery book by a local author and . . . a cheese scone. And of course a card from you all.
This is what a community choir is all about - building a community of caring through a shared love of singing. I'm so very proud of you all - see you in a couple of weeks x ...