Latest News from the Got 2 Sing show choir
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
New Choir for South Birmingham
The launch of a new community choir in South Birmingham should be music to the ears for those seeking the perfect opportunity to put a spring in their step and banish those winter blues.
January is a time for resolutions – to focus on your health and happiness, to do something for yourself – to recoup that 'feel good factor' and joining a choir can bring as many, if not more, benefits than joining the local gym!” commented Beth Dunn, founder and director of Got 2 Sing choirs.
With an expanding network of choirs across the Midland, Got 2 Sing opens in Bartley Green, South Birmingham on Tuesday 23rd January. 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!
Beth 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 Birmingham South 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 Hillcrest School, Bartley Green B32 3AE for a ‘free taster session’ – one and half hours of singing and fun!
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!
Sunday 3rd September 2017
Got 2 Sing Helps Local Breast Cancer Charity with Symphony Hall Concert
Singing on stage at Birmingham's prestigious Symphony Hall is something many people can only dream of, but for members of Worcester's Got 2 Sing contemporary choir it was a reality.
They formed part of the 500 strong Got 2 Sing group of choirs which packed the stage on Sunday at that internationally renowned concert venue for a One Voice concert, raising over £8,300 for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven charity.
Beth Dunn, founder and director of Got 2 Sing, was delighted with the success of the evening. She said: "It was a superb concert on every level. We’ve been inundated with messages praising the choir for their professional, polished performance and we were delighted with the amount raised for the charity.
"As a non-auditioned choir, it was simply incredible to hear everyone singing their hearts out on stage and what a fantastic sound they made. It was truly amazing.”
Lexi Craigie, chief fundraiser for the charity, said: “We are thrilled with the fantastic amount of money raised. These funds are vital to enable the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven help those with breast cancer so we’re incredibly grateful to everyone for their support.”
The 2,000-plus audience was treated to a full programme of contemporary songs, opening with You’re the Voice, through to a spectacular performance of One Voice before ending with a traditional flag-waving Proms finale which included Land of Hope and Glory.
The choir comprised members from Worcester and nine other Got 2 Sing choirs from across the Midlands.
Tenor Russell Painter was compere for the evening and also joined the Youth Choir in its rendition of a Sound of Music medley.
Saturday 25th March 2017
Not only was it a bright and beautiful Saturday but Got 2 Sing raised just over £90 for Worcester Breast Unit Haven in the process!
Choir members thrilled Severn Valley Railway visitors by spreading their joy at Kidderminster Station before boarding the 11am train to the Engine Room at Highley. A huge thank you to everyone who supported us!
Friday 24th March 2017
'Got 2 Sing' do their thing and raise just under £900 for Comic Relief
'Got 2 Sing' entered into the spirit of Comic Relief and helped to raise £893 in the process!
Choir members from Got 2 Sing not only donned red noses but also red t-shirts, jumpers and dresses....including the male members!
But it was the 'Got 2 Sing Youth Choir', made up of 9 – 16 year olds, who made the biggest impression by putting on a show for the adult members with their rendition of "One Way or Another/Teenage Kicks" joined by several male members masquerading as ‘One Direction!’
The fun night of fundraising fell in the middle of choir rehearsals for Got 2 Sing’s Symphony Hall Concert this September, themed ‘One Voice’, where over 500 members will take to the stage.
Each of the ten Got 2 Sing choirs which span the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire did their 'own thing' to help raise the money last week.
Beth Dunn, founder and director of 'Got 2 Sing' commented, "Red Nose Day as it is famously known gives us a wonderful opportunity to have great fun and raise funds for this amazing charity. It's good to know we have played a part in funding some incredible projects, in the UK and Africa to tackle projects which address poverty and injustice.”