Thornton-le-Dale Village Hub – Community Choir
One of the suggestions for new activities put forward via the initial Hub Questionnaires and at the first Hub Meeting back in June, was to form a Community Choir, one which everyone could join in and have fun, singing socially, not just those with experience of more formal choral singing.
Over recent weeks, Ann Andrews got together a list of people who were interested in joining in. At the same time a “call out” went out, to try and find a Conductor for the Choir. Chris Flynn at the Buck introduced the idea to a young and very talented musician who also happened to be a member of his staff, Aaron Leadley. Aaron has lots of enthusiasm as well as musical talent and he has kindly agreed to lead the Choir and get the group going over the coming months.
Our first Choir session took place on Thursday 8th November 2018 in the Methodist Chapel Hall and was very well attended. Once Roger Sharples had done his introductions, Aaron lost no time in organising everyone into their correct “voices” based on the range of their natural singing voices, and then immediately kicking us off by teaching us all a carol, in good time ahead of the Christmas season! (Other types of music are planned for future sessions.)
The results were amazing and by the end of this first session the Choir was singing In the Bleak Midwinter in four part harmony – a first for many of the people there and a fantastic achievement. The Choir created a lovely sound, together with a piano accompaniment, and the result was lots of smiling faces over a cuppa at the end.
Choir sessions will be held every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Chapel Hall behind the Chapel, with refreshments served at the break. Sessions have to be held on Thursdays because that is the only day of the week when both the Conductor and the Hall are available to run this activity.
ALL ARE WELCOME – please don’t worry if you don’t think you can sing; you will have a lot of fun and enjoy yourself singing along with others who are all just “having a go at singing”! The more, the merrier.