I joined Local Vocals two and a half years ago, after been encouraged to give it a go by a friend who was already a member.

There was no audition (thankfully J), just a friendly welcome from Jay the choir leader and members of the choir. We are a group of varying singing abilities.

We sing a variety of songs from gospel and classic pop to modern pop. We learn new songs as well as revisiting old favourites and Jay is always interested in suggestions from members. Soloists are encouraged to volunteer to sing parts of certain songs, but there is never pressure to do so. There is nothing better than when a new song we are learning suddenly comes together.

We always stop half way through for tea and cake and that is time for a chat, catching up with old and new friends.

The choir performs on average three times a year at church fairs, care homes and charity events such as Red Nose Day.  When leading up to a performance, we commit to working hard to achieve a high standard. Performances I have been involved in have always gone down well with our audience and we all feel good afterwards and go away feeling proud to be part of Local Vocals.

Thursday nights are fun. Whatever the mood you are in before you go it is well worth the effort. I find singing quite therapeutic and if not in a great mood when I first arrive, I go home feeling happier!