Wanted - new members for Wrexham Community Choir


Lois Hough

A NEWLY-established choir has launched a major recruitment drive.

The 120-strong Wrexham Community Choir is inviting people of all age and ability to join in.

There are no auditions, no need to read music – simply turn up.

Choir spokesman Wendy Paintsil said: “We are just ordinary people who never thought of ourselves as singers and have had amazing opportunities to participate in extraordinary events and become more involved in our community through song.

“We welcome new members and while it’s wonderful we are able to perform, this is secondary to our coming together weekly just to enjoy singing.

“We are so fortunate to have an extremely talented, and dynamic musical director in Carol Donaldson who has taken a large group of people and created a choir who create a powerful and harmonious sound.”

In its first year the choir performed at the Llangollen Fringe Festival, Focus Wales and at St Giles Parish Church with Africa Entsha from Soweto.

Members have also performed at a string of charity events, including the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk for charities like Motiv8 and Homestart.

Musical director Carol Donaldson has worked as a musician and composer in theatre, television and radio for more than 25 years.

She has just completed a run as musical director for Treasure Island at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, where she collaborated with Coronation Street scriptwriter Debbie Oates.She said: “Many people think they can’t sing but I believe everyone has a voice.

“Singing together in a large group can help people gain confidence in using their voice plus there are the benefits of having fun, making new friends and having opportunities to get involved in other activities in Wrexham.

“Wrexham Community Choir has had an amazing first year and it has been so interesting for the choir to work with incredible artists such as international sound artist Luke Jaanistes, Africa Entsha and local musicians Heal the Last Stand.

“We’re looking forward to another exciting year and hope people will continue to join us every week to sing their heart outand have fun singing in a large group.”

The choir meet on alternate Tuesdays from 7.30pm-9.30pm in the Wrexham Methodist Church and the Wrexham Lager Club. Each session is £3, or £2 for concessions.

Call Wendy on 01978 290680 for more information.

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