Bowland on song, says Anni

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If you’ve not heard them yet – you soon will.

In fact you might even want to join them.

The Bowland Community Choir is going from strength to strength – but it’s always ready to welcome new members.

The new choir for all ages meets at Garstang Library twice a month. It’s led by Anni Tracy of Morecambe-based More Music.

The choir was set up with the support of Wyre Council.

Anni’s brief is to: “Create a new community choir that draws people of all ages from across the Bowland Arts Festival districts singing a varied repertoire including new songs about the district and songs for walking.”

The debut will be at Cobble Hey Gardens on May 12 when choir members will be encouraged to join a singing walk being led by Anni.

The choir originally started with some trial sessions at the Garstang Arts Centre and Calder Vale school, after which singers gave a Christmas performance with memebrs of the Preston Peoples’ Choir.

Some 30 people have joined the Choir, varying in age from 13 up.

Not all are able to attend each Wednesday choir night, but are still welcomed when they can attend. The cost is £4.00 per night.

Anni said:”A lot of people were not confident signers, trying it out for the first time,

“There’s the community feel – it’s nice to be part of a small group and there’s the joy of singing which of course 
creates a feeling of well being... it makes you feel good singing in a group.”

The choir sings a varied 
repertoire and, adds Anni, there’s also a chance to try singing in harmony: “We do harmony singing – singing unaccompanied, it’s a different challenge.

“Some take to it more readily then others!”

There’s even talk of having a recruitment drive by maybe singing in Cherestanc Square.

But, says Anni, don’t wait for that – you’ll be welcome at any rehearsal.

The dates for the choir’s April meetings are April 17 and 24, and then it will revert to meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

More Music is a community music and education charity which runs events and activities – see www.moremusic.org

It boasts on its website: “We believe in making new original work and developing a sense of place by working with and in communities.

“We believe in the power of music and culture to transform people’s lives.

“We produce work that is truthful and has a powerful artistic aesthetic.

“We make events that are beautiful and joyful.

“We use many art forms with a focus on music.”