Welcome… Do you love to sing?
…well now you’ve found the friendly, fun choir you’ve been searching for!
- Don’t need any experience
- Won’t have to audition or sing on your own
- Don’t need to read music
- Unashamedly sing great pop songs in harmony to professional backing tracks – this is unlike any choir you’ve ever heard!
Founded in Framlingham, Suffolk, in 2012 by professional singer and vocal coach Yula Andrews, Pop Chorus offers feel-good singing for adults* of all abilities, with a firm focus on having fun whilst making a great sound.
During the coronavirus pandemic, all 8 Pop Chorus choirs, along with our wellbeing sessions, moved online. Happily, we returned to in-person sessions in September 2021 and have a robust covid policy in place to protect everyone. Next term started w/c 10th January and we operate three 12-week terms each year (starting September, January and after Easter). Membership is £82.50 per term. Please contact us if you’d like to come and try a session to see if you like what we do.
Here’s our timetable – hopefully there will be a choir at a time and place to suit you:
HALESWORTH PC – Mon 7.30pm – Holton Village Hall
LONG MELFORD PC – Mon 7.30pm – Long Melford Village Hall
IPSWICH (WEST) PC – Tue 7.30pm – Burstall Village Hall
KESGRAVE PC – Wed 10am – Kesgrave Sports and Social Club
IPSWICH (CENTRAL) PC – Wed 7.30pm – Paul’s Sports and Social Club, Salmet Close
FELIXSTOWE PC “The Seasiders” – Thu 10am – Trimley Sports and Social Club
FRAMLINGHAM PC – Thu 7.30pm – St Michael’s Church (while St Michael’s Rooms are being rebuilt)
STOWMARKET PC “The ‘Martians” – Thu 7.30pm – Haughley Pavilion, Bacton Road, Haughley, IP14 3QZ (W3W /// redouble.guessing.grower)
All sessions last 90 minutes.
Our wellbeing choirs are open to all and take place every Monday afternoon, 2-3.15pm. Monday sessions are in-person at a lovely rural barn just outside Ipswich. On the 3rd Thursday of every month we offer an online wellbeing singing session via Zoom. These sessions last 1 hour and are open to absolutely ANYONE via a Zoom link we can email to you. We’ll be singing 50s, 60s, 70s songs and some more recent numbers and the lyrics for each song will pop up on the screen for you to sing along. All our wellbeing singing sessions are just for fun, socialising and togetherness – these sessions are donation based and can be attended ad hoc.
Yula Andrews is a trained singer with over 30 years of performing experience, ranging from Puccini to ABBA tributes! She has been leading choirs and offering vocal coaching for over 20 years and is a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing, Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Natural Voice Network.
Raising funds for FIND.
Following our fabulous fundraising year with Iceni (see below), 2019-20 saw us team up with FIND (Families in Need Suffolk) to help raise awareness and funds for this vital local charity. For 30 years, Families in Need (FIND) Ipswich has offered a lifeline to people in Ipswich and the surrounding areas who are experiencing poverty and despair. They provide free food parcels and personal care items to help people get through a crisis, as well as furniture, bedding and other household items where the person or family has none.
Pop Chorus staged monthly collections at each of our 8 choirs to donate food and other items to FIND on a regular basis. We also did bucket collections at many of our appearances and supported the charity at every opportunity – including scooping a fabulous £1,000 donation from Festival Republic in lieu of a performance fee for the choir’s appearance at Latitude Festival in summer 2019.
We’re delighted to announce that we raised an astounding £15,868 for FIND – not bad work during a global pandemic and a huge testament to the generosity of our members and supporters.
Please look through the pages of our site to find out all you need to know about Pop Chorus.