ABOUT ONE VOICE WATFORD COMMUNITY CHOIR

 

The One Voice Watford Community Choir was launched in July 2008 following an initiative by Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and a grant from the Mayor's fund. The Choir meet during school term time at the Clarendon Muse building on the site of the Watford Grammar School for Boys, and is a community choir for young people and adults living in Watford and the surrounding area.

 

The Choir's main objectives are to celebrate diversity through music and to give a warm welcome to new and existing members.

 

The Choir provides local opportunity to learn and sing a varied repertoire of modern songs with universal themes selected to convey positive messages.

 

People who enjoy singing for pleasure are able to join One Voice without any previous singing experience, musical knowledge, auditions or the need to read music. One Voice has developed an informal way and comprehensive method of teaching, where members self-select which voice group most suits their singing range. By learning breathing techniques and singing exercises incorporating rhythm, timing and harmony, they are able to achieve great results.

 

The Choir membership is steadily increasing following COVID19 restrictions, with our current membership of approximately 45 people and weekly attendances of up to 30 people. Throughout the year the Choir conducts a number of performances supporting local organisations, including Age Concern, the Centre for the Blind and The Peace Hospice.

 

The choir is managed by an highly motivated and committed committee, elected annually from the choir membership.


Current choir committee members are:

 

Mandy West - Chair

Patrick McGinn - Vice Chair

Julie Marsh - Treasurer

Sally Everett - Secretary

Russell Cleaver

Mike O'Mahony

Nicola Cook

Kathleen Dorling

 

Biliana Spinelli will be joining the choir as our new Musical Director on 15 September 2022, and piano accompanist Ken Harratt, both of whom are professional musicians.

 

 

 

 

 

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