Get in tune with silver singers

OLDER people in north Northumberland will have the chance to join a new singing group this year.

In February, 20,000 Voices will be setting up a new Silver Singing Group in Wooler.

There will be a free concert and six taster sessions in February and March on Thursday mornings from 10.30am to noon.

Veronica Gilbert, who now sings with Alnwick Choral Society, Rock Festival Choir and Eclectica, will lead the group.

Veronica has always loved singing and, since retiring last year from teaching music at Chantry Middle School in Morpeth, has become the musical director for the Merse Singers in the Scottish Borders and is very much looking forward to leading the Silver Singers in Wooler.

20,000 Voices, working in collaboration with the Sage Gateshead, has set up four Silver Singing groups in Northumberland over the past four years.

These informal choirs are for anyone over the age of 50 who would like to sing during the daytime.

There are no auditions and participants do not need to have previous singing experience nor be able to read music – the group is open to anyone who wants to sing.

On Thursday, February 9, there will be a free concert with the Alnwick Silver Singers, and then those interested can chat to them afterwards while enjoying refreshments.

Staff from 20,000 Voices and Veronica Gilbert will also be there to answer any questions. There is no need to book in advance.

Then on Thursday, February 23, budding singers can join a six-week taster course to see what singing can do and enjoy the feel-good factor of regular singing in a group. The sessions cost £3 a week.

All events take place at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler, and 20,000 Voices is grateful to them for their support in setting up this new opportunity.

For more information about Silver Wooler or other singing opportunities in the area, contact 20,000 Voices on 01670 852445 or info@20000voices