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It’s the time of year when choirs up and down the Fylde coast are at their busiest.

And for one of its newly-formed choirs, things are getting exciting.

The 100 Voices Choir is made up of staff from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and it was originally started as a singing exercise to alleviate stress in the work place and bring people together.

But so many people enjoyed their musical debut, it has led to a full choir which tours Blackpool and beyond to share its rhythmic joy.

Emma Dawkins, organising development senior manager at the Trust, has set up the choir with local musician and businessman, Ian Hooper.

She said: “He really believed in the benefit of a choir to get people together socially.

“Most people know it’s been a really challenging year for us in the Trust, with the economy pinching at the NHS and the Keogh investigation. But singing the way we are is proven to reduce anxiety and stress – it has really good health and wellbeing benefits.

“And there’s something quite levelling about singing in a choir. You might be a senior manager or consultant in your day job, but in 100 Voices everyone is at the same level and is just having a go at something they enjoy.”

100 Voices, which is all inclusive and doesn’t hold auditions, has performed on local radio as well as at the Trust’s Celebrating Success Awards at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom last month.

It also supported S Club Party at the Lancaster Christmas lights switch on event.

Emma added: “People are buzzing about it.

“It’s probably the biggest way we have of uniting staff from across the Trust, and people just love it.

“And we all know that happy staff make happy patients.”

Ian, owner of GB Music Events which provides musical team building, has taken on the role of choir master.

He said: “We are trying to encourage people from different parts of the Trust to get involved so they can bond in new and exciting ways that’s relaxing and stress relieving for them.

“A lot of people probably think they can’t sing, but nearly everybody can really.”

Next year the choir will be performing to raise money for the Trust’s charity, the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

But it is keen to have more male members.

NHS staff members who want to join can email team@gbmusicevents.co.uk.

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