How does the choir benefit the lives of our students and staff?
The choir is an opportunity for everyone to widen their horizons and discover skills they did not know they had. Moreover, it brings together students and staff to make music in a sociable environment. It is a great atmosphere!
Here we are all equal and great friendships and strong working relationships are forged between individuals of quite different ages and ethnic backgrounds.
How many people participate and how often does the choir perform in public?
We currently have between 70-80 members, which is pretty good going. As for the performances, we do about four major shows per year and lots of smaller events. Two of our most popular ones are the carol service and our summer “Songs from the Shows” concert.
Could you share remarkable stories of any of the choir members?
There have been so many successes and I am proud of them all. However, I am particularly touched by the work of our mature students, recent examples being Zoe Zahra and Karen Layton. These are individuals who already have a lot of experience in the workplace and life in general, but who come to the university to give themselves a second chance in a new field. Their enthusiasm, and their wisdom, has made a big impression on the choir as a group.