Music makers take their song to the great outdoors

Garstang's Community Choir at Garstang Library
Garstang's Community Choir at Garstang Library

Libraries used to be places of quiet and calm, but Garstang’s is coming alive to the sound of music.

Twice a month members of Bowland Community Choir –aged from 13 and from all over the Wyre, Garstang and Bowland district – meet at the facility in Windsor Road to belt out a varied repertoire of numbers, from chart hits to songs for walking.

But last Saturday they took a new musical step – singing outdoors at various venues around the town.

Funding to set up the choir was provided by the Arts Council England, Wyre Borough Council, Morecambe-based More Music and Lancashire County Council.

Part of the long term aim is to encourage such outdoor music-making in public places.

The choir, which is led by Anni Tracy, of More Music, started its journey at the library before singing by the wishing well by the Riverside car park, outside Booths supermarket in Cherestanc Square and along the high street, concluding with a song outside the Tithebarn, followed by lunch.

Janet Thomas, a choir member and district manager for Wyre libraries said: “Libraries aren’t all just about books.

“It’s about using that public space for other cultural experiences. We sing simple and glorious harmonies and learn by ear. Singing with a group of friends is cathartic, relaxing, rewarding and such fun.”

She added that the event showed: “You do not have to have the voice of an angel to be part of a choir and how much fun we have had since we began less than a year ago.”

New members are encouraged to attend choir nights which resume on September 11 with all abilities welcomed.

The cost is £4 per person per night and members do not have to attend every rehearsal if it is not possible. Choir night is usually the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

For more information on how to join see www.moremusic.org