Back in February 2019 we started a choir. We had one simple vision and aim which was to bring people together across South Tyneside through a love of music and singing. Choirmaster was born! It was a cold, wet and windy night in the middle of February half term and visions of standing in an empty room after weeks of preparation sprung to mind! However, one by one the singers came and they didn’t stop! What was clear from the outset was that something very special had happened that very first week! Harmonies were created and melodies were sung. Even more importantly new friends for life were discovered!
Watching the choir grow from strength to strength each week was truly inspiring and we decided it was time for our first performance. In July, we were thrilled to be invited along to the Proms In The Park to perform as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival. After weeks of rehearsals and preparation it was an incredibly moving experience watching all of these singers take to the stage to sing their hearts out. The sense of community that we had created was immense. We now had around 150 singers all from across South Tyneside! They did such a fabulous job, we were booked for the following year!
Moving on from the Proms in July, a number of exciting opportunities arose. Since then we have produced a flashmob in Newcastle Central Station, sang for 57,000 runners at the Great North Run and performed alongside X-Factor winner Joe McElderry at the Customs House. It truly has been a remarkable year for singing across South Tyneside. As well as the performances, we have had more coffee mornings, social events and nights out than we care to count! What is true is that Choirmaster is not just a community choir… It is a life changing experience with one aim moving forward. We will continue to change and inspire people’s lives through singing and music.