What have we been doing during COVID and now-
The Withernsea Ladies’ Choir is extremely disappointed that it is still not safe or advisable to be able to sing together as a group and share our music and songs with you in live concerts and events. We last sang together at The Withernsea High School with the Manchester Camerata back in March. It was a wonderful concert and together with the orchestra and school children, the choir enjoyed all the singing and orchestral works but also the enthusiasm and creativity of the local care home residents under the guiding eye and hand of Janet Fulton aided from members of the choir. The event clearly demonstrated how the physical and emotional benefits of singing can aid people suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or physical disabilities. Equally, our own choir members’ wellbeing is enhanced by socialising and singing together as a virtual group in an environment that provides a joyful and fun experience. The choir has been rehearsing continuously, albeit through Zoom meetings, since the lockdown began and are learning new works in readiness for the time when they can perform again in concert. Now, rehearsing alternate weeks with Manchester Camerata led by Richard Taylor, Janet Fulton, and the orchestral players, the ladies have formed the backbone of a new virtual singing project, Unlocked Voices. The project name was suggested by members and workshops have started this September. We are working on words, ideas, and music composed with Richard and get to meet and hear professional musicians from Manchester Camerata. “Unlocked Voices,” the new name suggested by the members, is up and running and we are working on words, ideas, and music composed by Richard. You too can join and no musical experience is needed, although maybe a saucepan and wooden spoon for kitchen samba, and a willingness to combine ideas. The result will be a new piece of music to tell the world about life in the town since COVID-19, which has affected everybody in different ways. It will be recorded by the orchestra and everyone taking part and we hope to perform it live with the Camerata when we can.
It is free to be part of this exciting, fun group and in a safe virtual space and privacy of your home. Anybody interested in being part of this project can book to get the workshop’s zoom details on Eventbrite by searching Unlocked Voices.
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The Withernsea Ladies’ Choir has been entertaining the people of South Holderness for over 90 years. The first meeting, which was covered by a report in the Hull Daily Mail, took place on the 23rd October 1928 with their first concert following a month later. The choir was originally known as The Withernsea Ladies’ Musical Union, and proved to be a great success – one month after the first concert the choir were obliged to close the membership as there was no room for any more! Membership is again open and the enthusiasm of the choir and audience alike continues to this day with a full house for the Christmas concert of 2015 and again for the 90th anniversary. As well as being invited to perform for HRH Prince Charles when he visited Withernsea in the summer of 2013, we perform for local day centres and residential homes within South Holderness and also encourage young people who are studying music and local musical groups to perform at our concerts. We are available for charitable events and hire for special occasions.
We rehearse at the Methodist Church Community Room in Hull Road, Withernsea meeting every Thursday, 7.15 pm to 9.00 pm from September to June and since June 2018 our concerts are held at The Meridian Centre, Queen Street.
The season runs from September to June and rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7.15 pm to 9.00 pm during term time. There are three choir concerts a year to which are invited guest artists, often students or other local talented musicians.
The cost of membership is currently £45 per annum, and open to ladies aged 16 or over. An audition is not required although one should be able to sing in tune and an having an understanding of basic musical notation would be an advantage.
Our musical repertoire, under the musical direction of Patrick Pearson, and accompanied on the piano by Paul Pike, covers a wide range of music from the musicals, and classical through to pop.
We meet every Thursday, 7.15 pm to 9.00 pm from September to June at the Methodist Church Community Room in Hull Road, Withernsea. HU19 2DZ
Sponsorship and donations enable Withernsea Ladies’ Choir to continue to present concerts with guests of the very highest calibre. In June 2013 WLC was successful in gaining an award from the ERYC Arts Grant fund having demonstrated that our organisation provided art activities in the East Riding that met the EYRC criteria. We are very grateful for support from Withernsea Big Local, The Lions, the Buffs, local businesses and choir member’s private donations. Financial support, however, is an ongoing thing so if you, or anyone you know, would like to make a donation or to sponsor Withernsea Ladies’ Choir, we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Call our secretary on 07917 396 571 or go to our contact page if you have any queries or would like to leave a message.