A Tuneless Choir is being set up in Edgbaston for those who can’t sing in tune but love to do it anyway. Those who join won’t be under any pressure to hit any particular note or improve their singing, so will be able to relax and enjoy themselves no matter how they sound.
The Edgbaston choir is being set up by Karen Powell who says “I previously worked as an entertainment officer on cruise ships and ran a choir for the passengers. I got chatting to a customer at work who turned out to be a very keen member of Sutton Coldfield Tuneless Choir and told me all about it. I went along twice and both times I loved it – there was such a welcoming atmosphere – so I decided I must set one up locally. By day I’ll be doing the day job in soft furnishings for a well-known department store, and on Wednesday evenings I’ll be reliving my life on the high seas!”
First to sign up for the new choir were Sue and Roger Cutler. Sue says “We are currently members of Sutton Coldfield choir but go only occasionally because of the distance so we’re really pleased to hear the news of the start up. Sutton Tuneless is joyous – the amount of enthusiasm from the Choir Leader and the Choir Manager is boundless and they – along with very keen participants – make it a very social hobby.”
Tuneless Choirs tackle (and often bring to the ground) popular songs from across the decades, everything from old crooners to Adele, with classics from the likes of Abba, Queen and The Beatles in between. Karen is making a note every time she hears a song she thinks might be suitable, and has work colleagues making suggestions. She also plans to do theme nights, with a pub night knees-up high up her list of ideas, along with country & western, and a love-themed night for Valentines night which falls at the end of the first term.
The choir will meet at St Germain’s Church Hall, 180 Portland Road, B16 9TD. (Though the hall itself is round the corner in City Road.)
On launch night, Wednesday 17th January, doors will open at 7pm with singing starting at 7.30pm. Registration with the choir and this first session costs £10, with a complimentary glass of fizz, and cake at the break. Anyone wishing to attend the launch is asked to book a ticket from the Tuneless Choir website to ensure they are catered for: www.tunelesschoir.com/edgbaston
Ongoing choir sessions will be held weekly during term times, from 7.30pm until 9.00pm. The “pay as you go” price will be £7 per session, though it will be possible to book terms in advance at the equivalent of £5 per session.
If you have any questions about the choir, Karen can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07854 793596 – please leave a message if she is busy selling curtains!