Their motto is ‘ sing like no-one is listening’ – but residents at a Fylde care home were all ears when the St Annes Tuneless Choir visited.
The group gave its debut performance at The Moorings Care Home, in St Annes, where residents from all of Lakeview’s Rest Homes gathered to be entertained.
And they were not disappointed.
The choir, under the skilled conducting of Marilyn (Mel) Marshall and ably supported by her husband Steve, soon had everyone joining in with a medley of songs from such artists as Abba, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Monkees, Tom Jones and others.
Mel explained that she has been involved in music and brass bands for over 50 years, playing to championship level with the police band, and she now plays with the Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band.
She and her husband Steve started the Fylde Coast Tuneless Choir in September 2017.
They loved it so much that in January they created another choir, St Annes Tuneless Choir.
She added: “Having our own choir is a dream come true.
“We have some lovely people from all walks of life and many, throughout their lives, have been told that they are not good enough to be in a choir.
“Well we can now prove them wrong!”
The Tuneless Choir encourages its members to ‘sing like no one is listening’ – and at The Moorings the choir did just that, singing with confidence to a wonderful audience who joined in the fun.
The audience even had their own requests, for “My Old Man’s a Dustman” and, as a tribute to Ken Dodd, “Happiness.”
Director Pete Wood said:“We have always strived to be involved with our local community, and when I heard about Tuneless Choir it seemed an ideal opportunity to support and encourage new local initiatives.
“Our residents had a great afternoon and instantly recognised the songs which brought back happy an, in some cases, poignant, memories.”
Like her fellow residents, Margaret Hill thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon’s entertainment.
She said: “The Tuneless Choir were excellent and with a very popular selection of songs. I used to be in the Sheffield Ladies Barbershop Choir – we sang in four part harmony and I was one of the lead singers. So this brought back such lovely memories.”
Ava Makepeace, customer relationship manager at , Lakeview Rest Homes, said: “Thank you to Steve, Mel and the wonderful Tuneless Choir for coming along to The Moorings and entertaining all our residents and staff – the smiles and joy on their faces were priceless.
“They all loved singing along to their favourite songs without feeling self-conscious of how they sounded – what an amazing idea.
“We can’t wait for them to return.”
St Annes Tuneless Choir meet at 2pm on Tuesdays at St Annes Parish Church Hall, 2A Oxford Road, St Annes . For more details call Marilyn on 07904 663810.
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