"As a huge fan of musical theatre I have always loved the sound of many voices coming together in harmony. Five years after starting my first community choir, the evenings I spend rehearsing with my three groups are truly the highlight of my week. It is very important to me that I don't become a franchise; each of my three choirs has a completely separate identity with different musical tastes,style and atmosphere. All of the songs we sing are arranged by me for the choirs and everyone has an equal say in what music we work on, resulting in three very unique ensembles.
Please click on the links below to find out more about my three choirs in Surrey, East Sussex and Kent.
I also like my choirs to remain part of their own community and so I try to arrange performances each year that raise awareness or money for local organisations and charities. If you have an event local to any of my choirs and think a choir might be a fun addition to your day please Contact me.
Photo by John Cole.
A little while ago, I asked my choir members if any of them would like to comment on their experiences. Here are just some of the things that they told me were most special to them about the groups.
"A sense of belonging..."
"I feel the choir gives people a sense of belonging and community no matter what your background is."
"Being in the choir energises and uplifts me. Connecting with people through singing gives me a sense of belonging."
"Coming to the choir is one of the highlights of my week; making music with a group of other people is such an uplifting thing to do. I can say that singing in the choir has made me feel more confident and generally good about myself!"
"I can forget about the stresses of the day..."
"My Tuesday night at choir is a time when I can forget about the stresses of the day and sing my heart out and it feels like therapy! There is something very special about a group of people coming together to learn a song and make it sound great. I’d recommend it to anyone!"
"What really makes the choir for me is Micky's approach. He is supportive, humorous and has a real sense of fun."
"Singing just makes me smile..."
"I joined the choir after deciding that I ought to do something that was outside my comfort zone as I was leading a very quiet rural life not meeting many people or going out much. I had no idea that I would enjoy it so much, after all....I can't sing! I love going to choir, singing just makes me smile. I love the people there, so friendly and happy. I love Micky our choir master. He keeps us focused and inspires us with his enthusiasm. Yes...I love choir nights!"
"Micky's energy and passion for music is infectious and whatever mood I arrive in, I leave with a smile on my face a spring in my step. It's amazing what a group of people from all backgrounds can achieve together vocally in just a couple of hours a week."
"What really keeps me coming back is being part of a lovely group of people. I've made new friends and I love the fact that we're all in it together. I love the way we all help each other out, from printing out music if somebody can't do it themselves, giving each other lifts to and from sessions (and gigs) - it's the highlight of my week. I've done evening classes before, but because of this feeling of belonging to a group, it keeps me coming back week after week. However bad or whatever kind of stress I've had during the week, I am ALWAYS glad I made the effort to get to that two hours a week of sheer joy and pleasure!"
"I am proud to be a part of it..."
"What we have is something words cannot always say, it's a feeling that we all experience when we come together and it shows in our faces. I challenge anyone who joins not to walk out of the session without smiling. It's like 'One Love' for all and I am proud to be part of it."