MAR 10 THE HUNSTANTON COMMUNITY CHOIR
By Carol Bower
Since early January a new local group has been meeting every Tuesday evening at Glebe House School – at last, Hunstanton has its own choir.
After only five weeks the choir has almost 50 members and is preparing for its first public performance, at the St George’s Day Concert in the Princess Theatre. This event is a joint venture between the Town Council and local businesses to raise funds for the Town Hall Basement Appeal, showcasing local talent.
Director Claire Bloor, a visiting music teacher at Glebe, has been amazed at the response, and is particularly pleased with the participation of so many men, often a problem for amateur choirs.
Claire trained in London but has been drawn to East Anglia through her work with “Orchestras Live” and in Aldeburgh. She feels the strength of such a community choir is that there is no entry requirement other than a sense of the fun to be gained from singing in a group – singing is for all.
Her plans for repertoire are eclectic, with Gospel, Pop, Sea Shanties, Classical and Jazz all included, as well as music from around the world. Each rehearsal begins with a session of fun warm-up exercises, with tongue twisters and singing in different shapes - come along to find out what that means! – being very popular. After that starts the serious business of learning songs in several parts, each one being given special attention before coming together to form a polished whole.
Claire and the members of the Choir are very keen that as many people as possible should come along to enjoy the music and friendship of the group. Everyone is welcome - if you are interested, ring her on 07817 768552.