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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Community choir to be launched in Carlisle

Singers young and old are invited to join a new community choir.

Inspired by the choral ventures of Gareth Malone – who helped lead the Military Wives Choir to number one in the charts – the Carlisle Community Choir is being launched by Trinity Area Community Trust on behalf of the city, and will be led by Andrew Nunn.

Mr Nunn, from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow, has extensive experience and is hoping to encourage people of all abilities to exercise their vocal chords.

The new choir will meet between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday afternoons, in Holy Trinity Church, Wigton Road, and is open to anyone who loves singing.

Mr Nunn said: “I am really looking forward to this new venture.

“It’s going to be something really exciting for the area, drawing together people from all backgrounds across the city.

“We will come together on Sunday afternoons to share our love of singing and making music together and that is the starting point.

“The direction we go in will be shaped from there, and it will be really exciting to see how we will develop.”

He added: “I encourage everyone who has a love of singing, regardless of level of experience, to come along; an enjoyment of singing is the only pre-requisite.”

No musical knowledge or background is needed and there will be no auditions. Mr Nunn promises that rehearsals will be friendly, fun and exciting, and the music will be acceptable to all.

Despite not having held its first rehearsal, a Christmas concert has already been planned for the fledgling choir and, with the backing of Carlisle City Council, it is hoped other concerts will also be forthcoming.

Anne Quilter, portfolio holder for culture, health, leisure and young people, said: “A community choir is a great way to bring people together and we’re delighted to be supporting this exciting new project. I hope people take up the opportunity to join.”

Stephen Dunn, community development officer for the city council and organiser of Carlisle Music City, said he put together a small community choir to sing at the city’s Christmas lights switch on last year.

“I really enjoyed it, but the job turned around and I didn’t have time,” he explained. “I helped set this up and I think it is a fantastic thing.

“The great part, is that you don’t have to be able to sing – you surf on other people’s voices, and everyone latches on to those great voices.”

Mr Dunn is particularly pleased it is open to people from all over the city, rather than one area, and believes it will be very successful.

The first rehearsal is on Sunday, October 14.

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