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Choir singing out for new recruits

Blackpool Soundwaves choir hold a singing session.  Members L-R Lauren Andrew, Susan Andrew, Patricia Grant and Irene Smith.

Blackpool Soundwaves choir hold a singing session. Members L-R Lauren Andrew, Susan Andrew, Patricia Grant and Irene Smith.

Its members are well accustomed to treble clefs, but one Bispham choir is hoping to treble its size after a recruitment drive.

Thanks to the rising popularity of television programmes such as The Choir and Sing While You Work, joining ensembles is currently all the rage.

And Blackpool Soundwaves is hoping to capitalise on this after 50 potential new members turned up to a taster session at Springfield Greenlands Methodist Church, on Bispham Road.

Samantha Roberts, the group’s musical director, said: “The aim behind the whole thing is to grow the choir.

“We’ve been static at around 20 members for perhaps 10 years or more.

“We’ve started competing regularly and we want to do more of that.”

And the choir is open to everyone, even those who don’t think they can sing.

Around 50 interested women turned up to Tuesday evening’s session.

Samantha added: “We’re absolutely amazed and gobsmacked, we just did not expect this response.

“We’re putting it down to the Gareth Malone effect, I think singing has got more hip.”

Sarah Johnson, 43, owner of Sunday’s Beauty Salon, in Layton Road, Layton, distributed leaflets about the choir to her customers and was among those to turn out.

She said: “It’s very popular and I’ve never sung before

so I thought it would be

quite interesting.

“It’s a bit of social life and hopefully it’ll improve my voice too.

“I’ve only really sung in the shower before.

“It’s just a bit of fun joining in and meeting new people.”

Karen Rich, 59, from Westcliffe Drive, Layton, said: “I started to go to a choir in North Shore which folded.

“There’s a lot of stuff about choirs on TV and everywhere you read it says singing’s really good for lifting your spirits.

“It’s a community and social thing.”

Christine Wright, 64, from Norbreck Road, Norbreck, added: “I saw the programmes on TV.

“It’s very popular and I’ve never sung before so I thought it would be quite interesting.

“It’s a bit of social life and hopefully it’ll improve my voice too.”

The group meets every Tuesday from 7pm.

 

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