"Singing in this choir
brought me back to life
and made me feel
part of a harmonious
Hilary’s choirs make the wonderful joy of unaccompanied harmony singing accessible to anyone who wants to sing. The atmosphere is deliberately informal, people feel welcome, supported and unpressurised.
The purpose of the choirs is not predominantly to perform, though this they do with great enthusiasm, but to sing for the sheer joy of singing.
The reportoire is very wide and varied, drawn from many different styles and cultures across the world. From African rhythms, to the wonderfully harmonies of the Balkans. The haunting melodies of Russia to the exuberance of Black American Gospel. Traditional English along side contemporary popular music, it all adds up to a wonderful eclectic mix that keeps everyone interested and on their toes.
"The sheer joy of singing, the camaraderie of other choir members
and the pride we all feel when everything goes right, is marvellous"
The forte of a Community Choir is that it does create positive community. It is the highlight of many peoples week, giving them a much needed lift or enabling them to switch off from the stresses of life for a couple of hours. Singing helps people calm down physically. The body produces endorphins - the happy hormone that affects every cell in the body - which lift the spirits and boosts the immune system. Firm and lasting friendships are formed. People look out for each other, support each other, laugh with each other and feel fantastic when they hear the wonderful harmonies they make together. Singing together has great health benefits for breathing, for your heart and for emotional well-being.