Sing! Community Choir was set up in Summer 2012 by four friends: Bethany, Naomi, Tizzy and Tom. We had met in a university choir, and wanted to keep singing now we were older! From the beginning we wanted Sing! to be a community choir – run by a group, not just one leader, and encouraging others to get involved and have a go. Today we still work like that – everyone is encouraged to have a go at teaching, conducting, leading a warm up, doing a solo, etc.
A couple of years later, Daniele joined our leadership team, and we then said goodbye to Tom when he became a dad! After several years of leadership Daniele decided to step down in 2018.
In October 2017 the first Sing! committee was created, to help us with the day-to-day running of the choir. Each committee runs for one year; nominations take place towards the end of each Summer term. The committee is overseen by the current leadership team of Bethany, Naomi and Tizzy.
I’m Naomi and one of the Founding Leaders of Sing! I’ve been singing in choirs since I was nine years old and also play the piano (although I get really scared playing in public!).
My responsibilities in the choir is to choose with other members of the team the songs to sing, to find teachers for our workshops, conductors to help with our concerts, and to organise the weekly rehearsals as well as running teaching & conducting workshops. Outside of choir I enjoy walking, singing in an a cappella group, and drinking tea!
Hello, I’m Tizzy and I sing as tenor. I have been part of the Sing! Leadership team since the choir started in 2012. I enjoy sharing my passion for music with all ages, both with our choir members and the children I work with in schools.
I love finding any excuse to have a choir social and have a boogie along to our songs and love enthusing people to get involved with our Sing! community.
I’m Bethany. I’m one of the Founders of Sing! and really happy to still be one of its musical directors many years on! I love arranging songs for the choir, teaching and conducting, and always get a buzz when a song comes together and I can see the delight on everyone’s faces!
Inspired in part by my experience with Sing!, I’ve since qualified as a music therapist and now work with children with special needs and adults in palliative care, sharing the joy of music with those who need it most.
I’m Shona and joined Sing! in January 2015. I’d been looking for a choir for a while and I’m so glad I found Sing! It’s an evening when I can be me for a few hours having a laugh and enjoying singing a wonderful variety of songs. It’s a wonderful community and I’ve learnt lots of new things, and not just about music. I sing with the altos.
I wanted to give something back to the group and so I am the Events and Socials Coordinator – As we adjust to the new normal after lockdown, I’m looking forward to my role restarting and us having lots of socials to reconnect and get to know one another. I also coordinate our weekend away where we go away for a weekend to enjoy singing and doing workshops and generally hanging out together. Outside of choir I am mum to 2 boys and I enjoy walking our Samoyed dogs and being crafty!
Hello! I’m Clare and I joined choir in October 2017 to meet local friendly people, and Sing! came highly recommended – and it hasn’t disappointed! I’ve enjoyed singing in concerts for the first time since high school, had fun at rehearsals, and gone on the weekend away (you’ll find me on the high ropes!!)
As Treasurer, my role is to keep the Sing! finances in balance, working with the rest of the committee, making sure that we can keep going in our rehearsal, events and perform concerts together. Any questions about subs or about how we spend our money catch me at rehearsal!
I’m Diana and I’m part of the Sing! music team. I love Sing! so much – the sense of community and the joyfulness of choir always make me feel uplifted!
Over my 4 years at Sing! I’ve gradually become more and more involved with teaching parts and conducting songs, which has been an amazing experience for me. Being part of the music team means I get to keep learning and I can give more back to the choir by helping to plan the music programme and the rehearsals – hopefully giving people that same uplifting feeling as I have!
Hi, I’m Becca and I joined Sing! In January 2019. I’ve always loved singing and sang in a similar kind of choir at University years ago but had done nothing for a long time. Once my children were not quite as little I decided it was a good time to join a choir again. At Sing! I get the chance to sing a huge range of great songs as well as meet lots of lovely people. The rehearsals always give me such a buzz and are a highlight of my week. When not at choir I can be found looking after my own children or helping to run Toddler groups and a Beaver Scouts group.
I’m now the secretary which means I do things like send the weekly emails and answer enquiries from people wanting to join. It’s great to be able to do a small bit to help the choir run each week and hopefully help others enjoy it as much as I do.
Hi! I’m Beth, and I’ve been involved in Sing for around 3 years now – I’ve been part of a variety of casual choirs and bands since I was young and it was important for me to find a place where I could just enjoy making some music. Choir is always the highlight of my week now – it is a wonderful source of friends, community and fun, and I love that it’s a place where everyone can just get stuck in and produce some lovely outcomes.
I am now one of the music team, which means I help to choose songs, and organise teaching, warmups, and conducting. Some of this has been a new challenge for me, but the choir and committee are always really supportive in giving people a chance to get stuck in and learn new skills!
Ciao! I’m Samuele, part of the music team, and I joined Sing! in 2014. Wow, that’s a long time ago!
At the time I was going through some difficulties and I remember seeing a holistic doctor, who asked me what I like to do. I said I like singing. So he just said “go ahead, sing! Canta che ti passa!” – an Italian expression meaning “sing and all your woes will go away” (in a very concise way).
And how true that is. Over the years, choir nights have always been highlights and whenever I felt down, everything got truly better when in choir rehearsals, in such a great company of lovely people, smiling, enjoying it.
Hi, I’m Andy and I sing with the basses. As Media Coordinator I look after the bits of Sing! that are on the internet, including the website, social media accounts, and the tech that powers them. It’s also my job to make sure people know as much about Sing! and what we’re up to as possible!
I joined Sing! in 2019 looking to meet more people and be part of something bigger – and boy Sing! did not disappoint! Sing! Community Choir is as much a community as it is a choir, and I am continually blown away by the generosity, kindness, and warmth of the people that surround me each week as we sing. In this role I am happy to be able to give back something to the group that has given me so much.