Reality TV series inspires new choir to start singing
In tune: Haven Church senior pastor Dave Mansfield, left, with colleagues Steven Bell (associate pastor) and his wife, Rebecca (left).
A NEW choir is set to hit all the right notes when it launches later this month.
The Haven Church, in Antill Street, Stapleford, was so impressed by reality TV show Last Choir Standing that it decided to set up its own community choir.
And, just as in the show, people will be able to go along and audition for a chance to take part.
Church pastor Dave Mansfield said:
“We are committed to making the community better and we believe that setting this up will make Stapleford a better place.
“It will be a ‘no strings attached’ choir and open to anyone that wants to join.
“A lot of people like to sing but not everyone likes to do it on their own, so this is an opportunity for all those singers.
“I think that this will appeal to all ages and genders and offers a great chance for people to meet and to socialise.”
Youth pastor Steve Bell said:
“This will be the first choir our church has held and we are all looking forward to it.
“We want as many people to come and get involved as possible, and once we are established we will start a youth choir.
“The inspiration to start this came from the television programme the Last Choir Standing.
“We have already received lots of interest from people and I am looking forward to our first meeting.”
The first training day will be free of charge and will start at 9.30am on Saturday, October 19, with warm-ups and work on technique.
The afternoon session will start at 1.30pm and will include singing as a group for the first time.
The choir has already had interest from members of the public who are looking forward to performing live.
Resident (and Stapleford Community Group Committee member) Carol Wheatley of Kennedy Drive, Stapleford, said:
“I am really looking forward to joining the choir and I think it will fill a big hole in the community.
“It is a fantastic idea and I think that it will really bring the people together.
“I want to meet new people and this will be the perfect opportunity.
“I go to church every Sunday and try to attend all the functions I can.
“It will be great to sing live in front of an audience.”
There will be voice training workshops and the choir will be singing contemporary songs as well as performing at concerts.
Musical director Michelle Cassidy said:
“We will be teaching everyone everything they need to know, so no experience is required.
“All that people need to bring along with them is a love of singing.
“I am really looking forward to seeing some new faces and hopefully performing in the future.”
For more information and to register an interest, call 0115 949 7296.