Solent Tuneless Choir
Solent Tuneless Choir launched on Tuesday 9th May 2017, at the hall at Holy Rood Church Centre, Gosport Road, Stubbington, Fareham, PO14 2AS. New members are welcome to come along at any stage. Choir sessions are held weekly every Tuesday from 7.30pm until 9pm during school term times.
Like all Tuneless Choirs, the aim will be to allow people to enjoy group singing without the need to worry what they sound like. We “sing like no one is listening” – it’s incredibly liberating, especially if you’ve ever been told to stop singing. Join in wholeheartedly and your endorphins will start flowing. These are the brain’s feel-good chemicals – the name is short for “endogenous morphine” – and the reason why singing with others has been shown to increase life satisfaction.
The choir has been set up by Maureen McCallum, who is known as “Mo”. At school she was told she wasn’t good enough to join the choir. She visited her friends who run the Sutton Coldfield Tuneless Choir and decided she wanted to set one up in the area as she just wants to sing.
Former Royal Marine Jon Booth leads the choir. Jon believes passionately that music should be enjoyed by everyone, without judgement. By day Jon is a music therapist in two schools. He also teaches piano and woodwind.