Choir put spring in everyone's step

The launch of two new community choirs in  Telford and Shrewsbury this week proved to be music to the ears for locals as they flocked to experience 'Got 2 Sing.'

With a choir already in Ludlow, and others across the Midlands and Hereford, its founder and director Beth Dunn has ambitious plans to expand the 'Got 2 Sing' experience across Shropshire.

Its popularity may be down to the fact that group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking and certainly more fun than working out! Whatever the reason, just under 150 people turned up over two evenings in the hope of achieving that 'feel good factor' and they were not disappointed!

The new Shropshire choirs are led by experienced choir leader Monica Funnell, who commented, "I was blown away by some really lovely singing and delightful harmonies  and want to say well done to all who came along! "

After an initial warm up Monica introduced her choristers to the Crystals'  'Da Doo Ron Ron,' followed by 'Build Me Up Buttercup' made famous by the Foundations and Labi Siffre's - 'Something Inside So Strong,' before closing with  'You to Me Are Everything' by The Real Thing.

Everyone seemed to leave with a 'spring in their step,' as they made their way across the car park, humming the night's tunes in the process - a sign that an enjoyable evening had been had by all!

Perhaps community singing can be answer to everything. As Mental Health Awareness week approaches (May 12 - 18th), now is the time for the people of Shropshire to explore how singing can endow life with an added zest. Gareth Malone has already reignited the nation's interest in singing through the BBC 2 series The Choir and helped a new generation of singers to realise the benefits of singing. Now it's your turn!

The choirs will be held weekly at Apley Wood School, Telford on Tuesdays 7-9pm and The Wilfred Owen School,  Shrewsbury on Wednesdays 7-9pm.

Further details can be found at www.got2sing.co.uk
See also:  www.facebook.com/Got2SingShropshire

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