Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Sing for All!

welovebearwood had heard about Brandhall Community Choir on the Bearwood Grapevine so we decided to catch up with them during their busy schedule of rehearsals to find out more.

Tracey Bright  told us that in January 2010 when she was heavily pregnant that she just wanted to get people together to sing. 

  "A short-term project for obvious reasons, Brandhall Community Choir had it's first rehearsal with only 3 singers. However, word soon got out and with a brief mention at a local toddler group we soon found ourselves with a dozen or so people raring to go!

Having only 10 weeks until the end of the project, we decided to work on a sister act medley which we performed at a community party, all dressed as nuns (including the heavily pregnant choir mistress!).

Through this initial 10 weeks it became apparent that this was going not going to be a short-term project after all. In fact there was enough enthusiasm on all counts to get us back rehearsing again that September.

In the three years that have followed, the choir has doubled in size and honed in on the style of music it enjoys; singing contemporary and pop music from varied artists such as Robbie Williams, Queen and S Club 7!

Performances were mainly local community events such as residential homes and Christmas fayres initially, but have now broadened to include pubs, garden centres and parties as we have recognised our wider appeal.

Our proudest performances have to be Picnic in Park at Warley Woods (2011), Bearwoodstock at The Bear Tavern and our joint performance with The B Cups, a brilliant local ukulele band, at Smethwick Library last year.

2013 promises to be a great year for us. We are currently working towards the “Sing For All” project at the Town Hall Birmingham on May 11th (tickets available via their website) which we are very excited about.  

We're at The Bear Tavern on 27th April warming up for Steve Gibbons and we have high hopes for continuing to work with the B Cups in the summer months and maybe even a spot in a park near you in Bearwood too!

Any comments or queries relating to the choir are welcome, send your email to tracy@nickandtracy.com."  

P.S. If any of the Bearwood Promoters Team are reading this, welovebearwood would love to see the choir perform at one of the next Bearwood Shuffles!

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