There is so much joy to be had from choral singing, as well as many other benefits. Singing helps regulate your heart rate, improves your mental health and strengthens the feeling of togetherness you have with your community.
If this is something you are interested in, the popular Bishops Waltham-based Meon Voices four-part choir starts practising again in January for the Spring season.
Weekly practices are held in the United Free Church, Basingwell Street in Bishop’s Waltham each Monday evening 7.30 – 9.30 p.m., September – December and January –April.
Maybe you have always wanted to join a choir but are worried about auditioning? Never fear, there are no auditions! Reading music helps, but is not mandatory – the choir gives you support. All pieces are provided not only on sheet music, but also electronically so you can listen to your parts and learn them by heart in the privacy of your own home before practising with the choir. It’s really rewarding.
The choir has members from all local villages, and is formed from the four main vocal ranges: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Although each range is currently well-represented by existing members, vacancies come up at the start of most seasons and the organisers welcome applications to join regardless of voice type, to join the waiting list for when vacancies arise. And remember, no audition necessary.