Yesterday, the Musicroom blog reported on the rise of The Big C Choir – a chorus of cancer patients who are set to take the choral world by storm after performances with Russell Watson and at the Royal Albert Hall.
Tenovus, the pioneering cancer charity behind the choir, began organising and funding similar groups in 2010 with the Sing For Life choir. After taking note of the health and social benefits experienced by choir members, the charity now runs four choruses in Wales, with plans to launch 15 more over the next three years.
As the charity state on their website, “you don’t have to be a good singer…every voice counts” and their Sing With Us choirs are open to anyone affected cancer, whether as a family member, friend, health care worker or patient. Tenovus welcome newcomers to “come along for a sing, chat and to have fun.”
The choirs are funded from the Big Lottery’s AdvantAGE grant scheme and run by specialists from Sing and Inspire – an organisation of expert singers, vocal coaches and experts who ensure every session is fun and inclusive for all.
For more information, call Tenovus on 0808 808 1010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find more details and latest updates on each choir on the Sing With Us choir website. The schedule for each group is shown below.
Set to launch on Thursday 27 September
Thursdays from 6.30 – 8pm at Christ Church, Lammas Street, Carmarthen.
Mondays from 6.30 – 8pm at Richmond Road Baptist Church, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran.
Tuesdays from 6.30 – 8pm at St James’ Church, Walter Road, Uplands, Swansea, SA1 4PT.
Wednesdays from 6.30 – 8pm at Rhiwbina Baptist Church, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.
Has music helped you through a difficult time in your life? What do you get out of performing solo or with others that’s more than just musical creativity?