aChoired Voices Choir Open Day

Free rhythm: Choir members of aChoired Voices Kathleen Michael, Pierre Fourie and Christine Henderson. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Free rhythm: Choir members of aChoired Voices Kathleen Michael, Pierre Fourie and Christine Henderson. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Any mention of singing in a choir would probably bring a scene from the 1992 film Sister Act to mind.

Just like the happy, chirpy characters from the movie, research suggests that group singing has tremendous benefits for physical and mental wellbeing and even helps forge social bonds.

Castle Hill based choir, aChoired Voices, will give residents a taste of what it’s like to be a member of a choir when they host their aChoired Voices Choir Open Day on May 20.

Christine Henderson of Glenhaven has been warming her vocals with aChoired Voices for the past six years.

“I’ve always enjoyed singing, and was part of a choir at school,” she said.

It’s such a fulfilling feeling. I always go home at the end of the rehearsal with a big smile on my face. - Christine Henderson

“My mother was in a choir for many years, and her father and uncles were all in a Welsh male voice choir, so singing runs in my blood.”

She decided to join the group after watching one of their rehearsals.

“The choir sang a wide range of styles, which really appealed to me, and everyone was enjoying the singing,” the 59-year-old said.

“My favourite thing about being a part of the choir is hearing the final result after a number of weeks of practising a song.

“Once everyone knows their part and we’ve added the interpretation then the songs can sound extraordinarily beautiful. It’s such a fulfilling feeling. I always go home at the end of the rehearsal with a big smile on my face.”

Now in its 12th year, aChoired Voices are searching for new members to add to the group. Its current members are adults aged between their late 20s to 60s.

The open day will allow participants to learn three to four songs of varying styles, in a number of different voice parts, along with existing choir members.

“There’ll be lots of tips and tricks to singing with a choir, such as learning how to blend your voice with the person next to you, breath control and how to stay on pitch,” Ms Henderson said.

“At the end of the afternoon, everyone will sing the songs that they’ve learned for anyone who wants to come along and listen.

“The afternoon will be light-hearted and fun, and everyone will be welcomed. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for people to get to know one another along the way.”

  • 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, May 20 at Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church (Hall), 32-34 Showground Road, Castle Hill. Tickets: $10. Bookings: trybooking.com/276252.
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