Singing for Pleasure
Group Leader Steve Rayner
Many people have enjoyed the series of TV programmes that show the development of "choirs" - people who "couldn't sing" who ended up giving a concert in the Royal Albert Hall.
We don't aspire to those heights, but in our own way we give pleasure to a lot of people - not least, ourselves!
As we get older, our voices do change - no longer can we hit that top doh, hold a note for a couple of bars, sing as fast as in our youth; but that's no reason to deprive yourself of something you enjoy! So many people tell me "I used to enjoy singing, but I can't sing nowadays". My response is always the same: Come along to our Group, and just "Sing for Pleasure".
For recent Christmases, we took our place in Golden Square Mall, singing carols and Christmas songs for two sessions each December, and raising funds for two local charities - St. Rocco's and Warrington YMCA "Room at the Inn". We have now raised nearly £600 to be shared between these charities, and I believe we can be proud of our efforts. We were also invited to sing at the WU3A social in January - they had heard us before, and still asked us back! We have also been invited to sing at a "Celebration of Spring" session in Birchwood Business Centre. We felt like cabaret performers on that occasion, as we sang in the restaurant while people were having their lunch! But we were able to raise over £60. to donate to "Room at the Inn".
The Singing for Pleasure Group meet fortnightly at 10:30am in the Bold Street Methodist Mission second floor Community Hall.