Join Ashington Male Voice Choir
Becoming A Member Of Ashington Male Voice Choir
Father and Son joining together in song.
“I’ve been a member of couple of Male Voice Choirs over the last six years. After 30 years of living in Cheshire I moved back “home” to the north east in 2019. I eventually left the City of Chester Male Voice Choir in 2021 with great sadness, but on a positive note it allowed me to join my dad at Ashington, he’s been a member for 23 years in the baritone section. I know he was really pleased about it and I’m thrilled to be with him and involved with a great bunch of men. I work as Business Development Manager in the Nuclear & Defence sector so going to rehearsals and concerts is a great way to help relax and wind down ready for the weekend.
For any Gents thinking of joining the choir, come along and give it a go. Its great for your mental health, wellbeing, and its great fun”.
ANDREW had this to say: When I moved from Lincolnshire, where I’d worked for over thirty years in the NHS, I left behind a strong and important link with singing in Louth Male Voice Choir. It seemed a long wait during lockdown, but I was able to look at several choirs locally before deciding to join Ashington. The thing that made the decision for me was the sense of fun I felt during rehearsals: some of the music was very familiar to me, and some was completely new, and I enjoy the challenge of learning new music. I’ve been made very welcome, and I’m enjoying the task of finding my voice in a new section of tenors.
Are you interested in joining the choir?
“Do you sing?” Ernie said to me. After a slight pause “Well, yes, I like to sing” I said. I sing along with the radio, used to sing in church, sing in the car. “Would you like to come along to Ashington Male Voice Choir and give it a try?” was his response.
That was on a Tuesday, about a month ago; on the Thursday I turned up at 6.40 in the evening and received a very warm welcome. There was no audition and Jonathan, who was leading and conducting us, suggested that I sing with the second tenors. All very new to me, this. A bit different to singing along with Michael Ball on the radio.
I quickly got to terms with the four-part harmony as we all tackled a song new to the choir – “Sit down you’re rocking the Boat”. At the break, a member of long-standing told me that, as far as singing this song was concerned, we were all in the same “boat”. When it came to songs familiar to the choir, Jonathan still provides guidance to us all and I soon picked it up (more or less – early days!) At the end of the two-hour rehearsal I already felt I was part of the choir.
Some weeks have passed and I am really enjoying it. After my first concert and I felt that, from my own, as well as the choir’s, point of view, it went very well.
I was given six weeks to make up my mind whether the choir is for me. I’d already made my decision but to anyone who might be the least bit interested in joining I would say “Give it a try”.
-Ian Hurford a committed member Ashington District Male Voice Choir.
We are a friendly group with a common interest in singing, rehearsals are held each Thursday evening during school terms at Bomarsund Welfare, Stakeford and start at 7.00pm prompt.If you like to sing and would like to come and join in there is no audition and you don’t have to be able to read music but if you can great. We provide all the music and a uniform Jacket and even have time for a cuppa and chat halfway through the evening.
We offer free entry and a six week trial period.
So what are you waiting for ? drop in and see us or if you would like to know more information you can call
Call Colin 01670 815534 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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