Spectacular debut as new community choir hits the right note!
The rafters rang at the Old Greyhound public house in Great Glen, Leicestershire last evening, when a new community choir - The Spectaculars - took to the floor for their debut to a packed house of nearly 80.
Brainchild of former international orchestral musician Helen Alloway, the choir is made up of local singing enthusiasts from Burton Overy, Great Glen and surrounding villages. The choir, which was only formed at the beginning of 2012, has worked really hard to be ready for their first performance ahead of the Jubilee.
“We have received fantastic support so far,” Said Helen, who says the idea for the community choir from her work with the church choir and is accompanied by well-known local pianist Anne Bloor, “Sarah and Dean who run the Bell at Burton Overy provide free rehearsal facilities every Monday and with our first performance right here in the next village it’s been a real local success story so far.”
Not only generating music, fun and a community spirit, Sue Cunningham, landlady of The Old Greyhound said; “To have a packed house on a Monday night, with people enjoying supper, drinks and concert is fantastic, so the choir is also helping local business – the songs are really happy and uplifting and they sound spectacular too!”
With such a spectacular start, where next for the budding choristers?
“Well, if we ever do make it to The Albert Hall, we’ll never forget our roots in Burton Overy and Great Glen.” Laughed Helen,“The choir is currently 28 strong and new members joined as the word spread, literally week by week, so we’re still looking for members, just come along.”
With recent scientific research proving singing is an excellent way to improve your overall well-being, it is not surprising that everyone left The Old Greyhound with a smile on their face!