Here are a list of the choirs who are in the Norfolk Community Choirs Network. The list is expanding all the time so keep checking in to see if there’s a choir near you.
The Big Heart and Soul Choir www.castleacre-villagehall.weebly.com/big-heart-and-soul-choir.html
The Big Heart & Soul Choir was established in 1997 rehearsing all this time in the great singing acoustic of Castle Acre Village Hall. Singers consist of a friendly core group of founder members along with many others who continue to join so that the group general numbers around forty to fifty people all singing for the pleasure it brings. The choir usually gives two concerts a a year, one just before Christmas and one before the summer.
Musical directors include Linda Roast, Jane Wells and Noralf Mork who all bring much to the choir: teaching, rehearsing, conducting, arranging, singing technique skills and all of this often accompanied by the piano. All songs are taught by ear so there is no need to read music and include African, Bulgarian, Georgian, Norwegian, English Folk, Jazz and Pop. Above all, the emphasis is on the enjoyment of singing.
Sessions are held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Castle Acre Village Hall in term times throughout the year. Any adult can come along for two free ‘taster’ sessions
You do not have to be an experienced singer to take part. Each meeting we will practice sacred chants and mantras from different traditions. While the songs are simple, their real power will be revealed as we practice them together. It is possible, in this context, to deepen your spiritual connection, to get centered more easily, and to come back to a more natural state of peacefulness. No need to booking in advance
Fakenham Community Choir
We will be celebrating our 10th year in September. We have two homes – during spring and summer we are at The Gallow at Fakenham Racecourse, and then we move to Fakenham Cricket Club for the autumn and winter months. It’s worth joining the choir for the lovely view over the racecourse. We learn a very wide range of song types, from rounds and chants to classical and pop. At the moment we are all female, but we’d definitely welcome some male voices as well. Sue Lane is our musical director and she can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0788 4066490.
Mary Lovett Singing Groups
Join a friendly acapella singing group, singing a variety of music from around the world. All music is taught by ear. No need to read music. “Singing with Mary Lovett is good for the soul and uplifting in every way! After two hours, I come home energised and full of life, no matter how tiring the day has been.”
Sing Wednesday: 10:30-12:30pm, Norwich Sea Scouts Hall, 13 Old Lakenham Hall Drive. NR1 2NW
Sing Thursday (am): 11:00-1:00pm, The Willow Centre, 1-13 Willowcroft Way, Cringleford, Norwich. NR4 7JJ
Sing Thursday (pm): 2:30-4:30pm, Bergh Apton Village Hall Cookes Road, Bergh Apton, Norwich. NR15 1AA
Norwich Community Choir www.norwichcommunitychoir.co.uk
Norwich Community Choir was formed to promote, through singing, a sense of well being and a feeling of belonging to the community. It began in November 2008, started by Meg Turpin who has lived and worked as a teacher in the area for over 20 years. She is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners. People come to our choir simply because they love singing, there is no other prerequisite. There are no auditions and you don’t need to read music. If you think you can’t sing you probably can when surrounded by friends. If you want a polished choir this is not for you but if you want to have fun and create a beautiful sound then come along. We welcome everyone. The first two sessions are free. No audition needed. We sing music from around the world including gospel, spirituals, contemporary, sacred and secular.
Salutem! is a new workplace choir within Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust. The choir has been set up as part of the Trust’s Health & Wellbeing Programme. At the moment it is Norwich based, but there are plans to work with satellite groups around Norfolk. Our singers get really excited about coming along after work on Monday evenings. You can often hear the songs along the corridors during the week as well! Singing has had such an impact on our singers and their colleagues. As Roisin Fallon-Williams, our Trust CEO, said “I wish we could bottle it!”
Sing for Joy www.teresaverney.co.uk
North Norfolk’s Community Singing Groups where both you and your voice are made very welcome, without audition! These are weekly singing groups that are open access for anyone who wants to join. You can choose to be in any one or two or three of the groups as they are all interlinked, coming together every year to give a concert. The venues are Norwich, Sheringham and Cromer. Teresa Verney says: “I would love to encourage you to sing in a Community Singing Group, and to develop more self confidence through finding a relationship with your own voice that is positive and rewarding.”
Sing We and Chant It www.kingslynnU3A.org.uk
Singers Inspired www.singersinspired.co.uk
We are Singers Inspired, Downham Market’s Community Choir. We’re a non-religious choral group who welcome membership from all members of the community. Enjoy Music? Looking for a great way to relax after a long day? Always wanted to sing but no idea where to begin. We may well have the answer! We sing all kinds of music from all kinds of musical traditions from around the world. We don’t expect you to read music and you won’t be asked to take an audition. What could be simpler? We meet every Thursday evening from 7.30 pm to 9.30pm, during school term at the Methodist Church Function Room in Paradise Road. Subscriptions are reasonably prices and concessions are available. Why not come along and give it a try – see if you like it – your first two sessions are free and we’re a warm and friendly bunch of people… no, really!
Sing with Pride www.singwithpride.org.uk
We are the choir from the LGBT community. We sing in harmony to celebrate diversity and challenge inequality. Our members include people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, as well as our friends, family and straight allies. We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at the Elms Main Hall, Unthank Rd, NR2 2PL. The Elms is wheelchair accessible and has designated disability parking spaces. Fees are £30/£18 for a 6-week block of rehearsals. Your first rehearsal is free and we have a bursary scheme for people who need help paying fees. For more information email email@example.com
Tittleshall Ladies’ Male Voice Choir
We arrive at Tittleshall Village Hall every Wednesday evening with only one thing in mind – Wendy’s cake and a cup of tea. It just so happens that we like to sing for the rest of the time. A happy concidence? Oh yes! Contact Sue Lane on 0788 4066490 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on Facebook.
Trinity Broads Singers www.stephanie-anderson.co.uk/Choirs/trinity-broads-singers
Established in February 2009, Trinity Broads Singers have blossomed into a dynamic choir, about 30-strong. We meet on Monday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30 at Repps with Bastwick Village Hall. We sing an exciting repertoire of songs from around the world, and perform at least twice a year.
Village Voices (formerly Hemblington Harmony https://villagevoices1.wixsite.com/choir
We’re a friendly community choir based in Blofield and we welcome new members. We sing a range of styles; African, folk, gospel, pop and shape note are all on the menu.Why not give us a try – first session free – we sing most Wednesday evenings. For more details do have a look at our website.
Voicemale is a group of some 16 men who sing in Aylsham, Norfolk on Saturday mornings. We sing unaccompanied songs in glorious harmony; and occasionally we perform them in public. Our repertoire is from around the world – including Georgian, Corsican, and American gospel, and songs from various African countries. In the words of some of our members – Voicemale is…”a choir of male voices – not a male voice choir”…”invigorating”…”a great eclectic mix of songs”…”a bunch of blokes who love to sing together”…