Latest News from the Got 2 Sing show choir
Tuesday 13th November 2018
New Choir for Harborne
The launch of a new community choir in Harborne should be music to the ears for those seeking the perfect opportunity to put a spring in their step and banish those winter blues.
With an expanding network of choirs across the Midland, Got 2 Sing opens in Harborne on Tuesday 13 Nov 2018. It is open to anyone and everyone aged 18 plus – you don’t have to be able to sing, read music and better still, there is no audition!
Choir Leader, Charlotte, believes that singing can support a sense of community and increases your self-esteem, "The health benefits associated with singing in a choir are well documented and singing together gives us that ‘feel good’ feeling. But don’t just take our word for it – check out our testimonials on the website to see for yourself how joining a choir has helped our members overcome depression, anxiety and loneliness. It’s a real stress buster!"
The new Harborne choir will be led by experienced choir leader and singing tutor, Charlotte Crowe. Charlotte said, “We are not a typical ‘stand behind the music’ type of choir – we bring popular songs to life with harmony and simple movement and have plenty of fun in the process! We love performing too - and this may include anything from an outdoor flash-mob, to a choir tour. We’ve sung to a packed house at the Birmingham Symphony Hall 3 times too – and in 5 years have raised over £100,000 from our performances for local charities. You don't have to be brilliant at singing or able to read music - we would just love you to make friends and share in the fun!"
Anyone wishing to experience what Got 2 Sing offers simply has to turn up any* Tuesday evening, 7.30pm at Harborne Academy, Harborne Road, B'ham B15 3JL or a ‘free taster session’ – one and half hours of singing and fun!
Friday 12th October 2018
Got 2 Sing Youth Choir Helps Raise Awareness for ‘YoungMinds’ Charity
In its 25th year, children and young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds is aiming to raise £2.5m to help young people get the help they need when it comes to their mental health. Stourbridge’s Got 2 Sing Youth Choir rose to the challenge at their weekly rehearsal at Gigmill Primary School this week (Thurs 11th Oct).
Their rehearsal was turned into a ‘HelloYellow’ evening where they sang to raise awareness of the charity and the mental health challenges facing children and young people. They donned their brightest yellow t-shirts and performed 2 songs which they had rehearsed for an invited audience of family, friends and members from the adult Got 2 Sing choir and raised just over £200 in the process!
The #HelloYellow campaign’s intention was to turn social media yellow, in the hope that a message of hope, and that you are not alone might reach all young people regarding their mental health and in response the choir also turned their FaceBook page (Got 2 Sing Youth Choir Stourbridge) yellow for the event and shared messages of support and inspiration.
Choir Leader Theresa Pearson said “I am so pleased that we have been able to play a part in this truly worthwhile exercise and at the same time overjoyed at raising £205 for the YoungMinds charity! The mental health of children and young people is such an important topic and the more people who talk about it and get involved the better and choir has proved to be an extremely useful platform! Our members sang ‘Someone Out There Loves You’ by Rae Morris which proved a real tear jerker, and an uplifting rendition of Paloma Faith’s ‘Make Your Own Kind Of Music’ saw the whole audience joining in!”
Jade Zelkowicz, Community Fundraising Manager for YoungMinds, said, “We know that young people face a huge range of pressures, including exam stress, bullying and concerns about body image. To make matters worse, when young people reach out for help it can be incredibly difficult to find it. Everyone raising money for us in our 25th year is helping us to fight for a future where all young minds are supported through life, whatever the challenges. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who’s supporting our life-changing work.”
Friday 28th September 2018
Got 2 Singers Singers Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning - Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer, held Friday 28th September, is etched on the calendar for Got 2 Sing.
It is a fund raising favourite for the choir members every year - and that may have something to do with the amount of cake involved!
Got 2 Sing choir Members baked cakes, bought cakes and sang in their aprons to inject a little fun too and in the process our ten choirs collectively raised just over £2000 in the process.
Beth Dunn, founder of Got 2 Sing commented, “The Coffee Morning is such a fantastic initiative by Macmillan and a fun way to raise funds - it’s something we look forward to every year! I’m not so sure our waistlines thank us for it but it turns what is a fun rehearsal anyway into a real fantastic social event with lots of money raised for such a deserving cause to boot!”
Well done everyone!
Saturday 15th September 2018
Got 2 Sing Celebrates 7 Years, of Singing, Friendships and Fundraising
It seems only 5 minutes since ‘Got 2 Sing’ choir first opened its doors in Stourbridge, yet the reality is it is 7 years this September. Time flies when you are having fun and fun is high on the agenda as members enjoy the lively weekly rehearsals and light up the lives of hundreds when they perform at the numerous events across the Midlands whilst raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.
The Choir first opened its doors on 15th September 2011 by local business woman Beth Dunn. At that time, Beth was running a junior singing, dancing and acting group called ‘SuperTroupers’ having trained at the London School of Musical Theatre. Parents began asking if they could do something similar. ‘Glee’ became popular on TV and Gareth Malone appeared on the scene too, adding to the popularity of choirs. Beth launched Got 2 Sing in Stourbridge in response. An incredible 90 people walked through the door on the first night and it has since gone from strength to strength.
Such has been the choir's popularity, that Got 2 Sing has gone from strength to strength.
Created back in September 2011 by Pedmore based businesswomen Beth Dunn and her mum Jane, Got 2 Sing has since performed at venues across the Midlands while raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.
Beth originally formed Got 2 Sing by public demand after the formation of choirs had become increasingly popular through the likes of Gareth Malone and TV series Glee.
Beth had already been running a junior singing, dancing and acting group, called SuperTroupers, after completing her training at the London School of Musical Theatre
But she was constantly being coerced by parents if they could do something as well.
Yet even Beth was surprised when 90 people walked through the door on the first night the choir was formed. The choir has never looked back - there are now 11 Got 2 Sing choirs stretching across the Midlands, including a Stourbridge based youth choir for nine to 16-year-olds. Beth said: "I really had no idea how many people would turn up on the first night. To get 90 people was unbelievable. I only wish that we'd started the choir earlier.Since starting in Stourbridge, we now have Got 2 Sing choirs in Bewdley, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Cheltenham, Hereford, Bromsgrove and Telford. It seems more people than ever are discovering the many health and social benefits associated with singing when faced with the pressures of modern day living. The choir offers that much needed escapism for people by delivering that feel good factor that everyone needs. It just needs that leap of faith!"
Apart from performing, Got 2 Sing has raised over £105,000 for various charities through concerts, sing-outs and fun events.
Beth added: "The choir creates happiness and a friendship for people, which is a wonderful thing. I still find it heard to believe that we've created something which has filled out the Birmingham's Symphony Hall on three occasions. I'm up there conducting in front of 2,200 people and it's an amazingly powerful thing and sometimes it takes me a while to process what we've done!"
The choir are set to start rehearsals for their fourth appearance at Birmingham Symphony Hall in 2019 where they will be using the concert to raise funds and awareness for the Midlands based Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer charity.
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
A new face for Got 2 Sing Shropshire choir!
Local choir leader Olivia Thomas is inviting the people of Shropshire to ‘sing in the new’ this January, as it is the month of resolutions and new beginnings.
Olivia takes up the lead of the two popular Telford and Shrewsbury Got 2 Sing Choirs when it starts its new term week commencing 15th January and is hoping to introduce people to singing as a means of living healthier and happier lives. Singing may not necessarily be the first topic that springs to mind, but joining a choir may well prove as beneficial as joining a gym - and a whole lot more fun!
Olivia will be taking up the helm at the 2 choirs, training members in vocal technique, harmony & performance. She commented “Got 2 Sing is not your typical ‘stand behind the music’ type of choir as there’s no requirement to read music or audition.
Our rehearsals are friendly and fun and we sing wonderful, uplifting popular songs in three-part harmony and put some movement to the songs to bring them to life so I’m really excited about taking the choirs forwards into the new year.
Since graduating from Staffordshire University with a HND in Performing Arts, Olivia has enjoyed a varied teaching career in performing arts, singing and music.
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
People invited to ‘sing in the new!’
Got 2 Sing choirs’ founder Beth Dunn is inviting people to ‘sing in the new’ this January, as it is the month of resolutions and new beginnings.
A new term starts w/c 15th January and Beth is hoping to introduce people to singing as a means of living healthier and happier lives by training members in vocal technique, harmony & performance! Singing may not necessarily be the first topic that springs to mind, but joining a choir may well prove as beneficial as joining a gym - and a whole lot more fun!
She commented “Got 2 Sing is not your typical ‘stand behind the music’ type of choir as there’s no requirement to read music or audition.
“Our rehearsals are friendly and fun and we sing wonderful, uplifting popular songs in three-part harmony and put some movement to the songs to bring them to life!”
Beth added, “From experience I know how much singing together can improve people’s self-esteem, health and confidence and being part of a choir has helped many of our members with loneliness, depression and anxiety, offering a sense of community and belonging.”
We have eleven choirs across the Midlands which includes our new Birmingham South choir, which opens January 23rd and our Stourbridge based Youth Choir for 9-18 year olds.
Anyone can pop along for a free open rehearsal / taster – no experience or singing ability is necessary. Choir locations and times can be found here on the website.
Friday 17th November 2017
Got 2 Sing Choirs Raises £665 for BBC's Children in Need Appeal
We love this time of year and are delighted to announce that our members have done us proud by helping us raise £665 for BBC's Children in Need.
A huge thank you goes out to all of you who helped to make this possible....all our choir members, from Got 2 Sing Bewdley to Bromsgrove, Stourbridge to Shrewsbury, Telford to Hererford, Wolverhampton to Worcester and Cheltenham, not forgetting our wonderful Youth Choir, those of you that dressed up, those that bought 'pudsey ears,' those of you who 'dug deep' and 'did your thing!' You were amazing!
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Got 2 Sing at the BBC!
Radio, radio, radio....we just couldn't get enough of it - or they couldn't get enough of us!
Did you hear us on BBC WM 95.6, the Sunny and Shay show, talking about supporting Children in Need, the health benefits of singing in a choir, our incredible fundraising achievements and the launch of our 11th choir in Birmingham in January 2018?
We had so much fun...so much that they invited is back to help presesnter Richie Anderson with the launch of his 24 hour karaoke for BBC Children in Need. Sometimes you've just 'Got 2 Sing!!!'
Friday 29th September 2017
Got 2 Sing Celebrates World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Kidderminster!
If you happened to have been in Kidderminster on Friday 29th September then you may have heard the joyful
sounds of ‘Got 2 Sing.’
Fifty choir members sang to help raise awareness for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning organised by MacMillan Cancer Support. Shoppers dug deep into their pockets to support the charity, and the sun shone so there was plenty to smile about!
First stop was Weavers Wharf where the crowds were treated to ‘Happy Together’ and ‘Love Runs Out’ amongst others, in beautiful 3-part harmony, before the choir moved round to the Town Hall to deliver more harmonious renditions. It was then a dash to down a well-earned coffee at Kidderminster’s new ‘Riverside’ development, with more singing on the way!
A whopping grand total of over £1500 was raised for the charity – from the town centre sing out and cake sales which had been held across all the Midlands Got 2 Sing choirs in the last week.
Beth Dunn, Director and founder of Got 2 Sing, commented, ‘Our members have been busy baking and singing this week and I’m thrilled that we have raised so much for this most worthy charity. With our concert recently at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall which raised an amazing £8500 for Worcester Breast Unit Haven this pushes our charity fundraising over 5 years to over £100,000 – which is an incredible amount.
Peter Michael Town Centre Manager for Wyre Forest, stopped by to express his thanks to the choir and said they would be made extremely welcome at any time!
Monday 4th September 2017
Got 2 Sing’s Fundraising Total Hits £100,000
Got 2 Sing’s Symphony Hall Concert in September saw over £8500 raised for Worcester Breast Unit Haven and it also saw the grand total of money raised for Charity by the group of choirs to over £100,000 since it opened its doors 6 years ago.
Charities which have benefitted over the years have been both local and national and have included hospices local to individual choirs across the Midlands, Leukaemia Care, Children in Need, the Lung Foundation and Stroke Association. A whole host of events are planned each year to help support such good causes from Christmas Concerts to national charity days such as the great Macmillan Coffee morning….it’s all part of what makes Got 2 Sing great!