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A ChoirFest Experience 14 Feb 2024 Collide: A ChoirFest Experience Music Director promises to create a choir in under an hour at exclusive free pop-up group

Gareth Fuller and show cast members lead this relaxed, fun singing opportunity, open to all regardless of experience….and its free!

An exclusive pop-up taster singing session, offering individuals of all skill levels a chance to discover the joy of singing, is set to prove what many have questioned – everyone can sing! The bold claim is set to be put to the test during an engaging session taking place on Saturday 9 March 2024, from 10.30am to midday at The Carnegie Room, Northampton Central Library.

Providing participants with a glimpse into the power of singing together, attendees will learn harmonies plus other vocal techniques and be taught a song by the end of the session, creating a choir in the process! Whether a complete beginner or looking to refine your singing skills, the session promises to be an enjoyable and educational experience plus a great opportunity to discover the many benefits of singing with others.

Gareth Fuller, ChoirFest Music Director and Choir Director to over 450 Northants based community voices and Liam Gallagher’s sold out Knebworth shows attended by over 160,000, said: “During our weekly community choirs across Northamptonshire and the UK, we have proven that no matter your ability, singing really is something everyone can do!

“Stress-relieving and confidence-building, I am excited to lead this session and create a choir in a short time and prove that everyone can sing!”

This joint initiative by Public Health, Northampton Central Library and West Northamptonshire Council will also include cast members of the highly anticipated music production Collide: A ChoirFest Experience, sharing a snippet of what to expect from the show which takes place on 30 March 2024, at The Royal & Derngate Theatre.

The specially commissioned musical show celebrates the joys of group singing whilst providing an opportunity for 200 local community voices to sing alongside a full live band, string section and Karen Gibson MBE, famed for leading the choir at the Royal wedding of the Sussexes, Harry and Meghan.

In addition to the many services available at Northampton Central Library, a large collection of musical scores sets are available for choirs and orchestras to hire at reasonable rates. A variety of service options are available, from an annual subscription to a one-off set. Currently around 40 groups use the service, with 6920 scores loaned in the last year. All fees and charges can be found on the WNC website.

Councillor Adam Brown, Deputy Leader of West Northamptonshire Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Culture and Leisure, said: “This free taster session is a perfect opportunity to get involved and experience choir singing first hand. Participants will also get a chance to see the cast of ChoirFest in action as we countdown to what is going to be a showstopping main event.

“I encourage everyone to join us as we celebrate the musical talent offering in West Northamptonshire and also urge local music groups to take advantage of the great value musical scores available from the Central Library.”

Free tickets for The Exclusive Taster Singing Session will be available from 5 February, book your tickets here.

Tickets for Collide: A ChoirFest Experience are on sale now, available from the Royal & Derngate website.

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West Northamptonshire Council Communications Team
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