The Choir is sponsored by the Staff Centre and a £20 yearly membership fee will be applicable. If you would be interested in joining the choir please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After a couple of trial sessions before Easter, a group of about 20 staff members, drawn from across all departments of the University began weekly rehearsals for about an hour after work on Wednesdays. A typical reaction to these was Just to let you both know that I really enjoyed last week, and am looking forward to remaining rehearsals. A few members were singing in choirs, but several hadnt sung since their schooldays. As the 6th July and the Staff Festival loomed ever closer rehearsals became a little more intense, but the performance was a triumph! It was quickly suggested that the choir should continue meeting regularly.
I like the variety of the current repertoire singing pieces from different periods (particularly early music), different parts of the world and different styles. It has extended my knowledge of music and introduced me to pieces that I may never have come across otherwise.
Singing in the work place and a wider arts and health agenda has been a growing movement in recent years, aided, perhaps, by the activities of a certain Gareth Malone on TV. It was this idea, combined with a wish to provide an opportunity for University staff to contribute in a practical way to the annual Staff Festival that led the Wellbeing, Health and Safety Department to instigate a Staff Festival Choir for the Festival in 2012.
I like the current choice of repertoire and also last years. I have offered suggestions for different types of music in the past and these have been incorporated into the repertoire.