Community choirs have been enjoying a revival recently in the UK & Ireland after being made popular by people like Gareth Malone and The Choir along with the Military Wives as well as the Comic Relief choir.
To quote Gareth Malone: “Singing bonds people together, exercises a range of muscles and makes you feel happy.
“The camaraderie of communal singing is of benefit to people - you don’t get that when listening to a CD no matter what style of music. I think it’s important that people feel free to sing and that there is somewhere for them to be heard. People can feel very isolated and singing is an excellent way to combat that.”
Apart from the obvious social benefits, singing and being part of a choir can give you a sense of achievement, increased confidence, health benefits and the chance to learn new skills.
This has inspired local woman Annie Sharkey to form a new choir which will practice in Ballymoney.
The choir will be lead by Annie - a very talented and motivated lady - who has been a music teacher for many years.
She experience both teaching in schools and giving private singing and piano lessons.
Annie will be ably assisted by her daughter Lorna who will be accompanist for the choir.
The new choir would also love to welcome members from the Coleraine and Triangle area too so please come along and get involved!
With an ethos of keeping things interesting and fun, the music will be a mixture of modern and classical music.
Annie intends to work towards some public performances and perhaps some competitions in the future.
The choir is open to all females aged 17 to 60 from all communities and they will meet on Wednesday nights from 8pm to 9.30pm.
First Ballymoney Presbyterian Church have kindly granted them use of their hall for the practices.
If being part of the choir sounds like your ‘cup of tea’ why not come along to the information meeting on Wednesday 3rd June at 8pm for more information or contact Annie on 07885 248 576, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Annie’s facebook page ‘Annie Sharkey Music’.