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 Singing for Health and Happiness moved online. Happily, over recent weeks we’ve been able to hold some in-person sessions outdoors. From September though, we’re delighted to be back to our regular sessions and will be welcoming new singers to all our choirs. Term starts w/c 13th September and each of our three terms per year run for 12 weeks (starting September, January and after Easter). 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 – Sproughton Tithe Barn
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 Rooms
STOWMARKET PC “The ‘Martians” – Thu 7.30pm – Haughley Pavilion
If there is enough demand, we will potentially still be offering some Pop Chorus sessions on Zoom, although it’s not currently planned to be a regular weekly session.
Our wellbeing choirs are open to all and take place every Monday and Thursday at 2pm GMT. Mondays are in-person, outdoors at a lovely rural barn outside Ipswich. Thursdays are online via Zoom. These sessions last 1 hour and are open to absolutely ANYONE via the public invitation (link below). 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. It’s just for fun, socialising and togetherness. Use this link to join the Thursday wellbeing sessions (valid until further notice) https://zoom.us/j/958535191
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 are 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.
Very soon we hope to be able to announce our final fundraising total and present a well-deserved cheque to FIND.
Pop Chorus raise over £17,000 for Iceni.
Our year of fundraising for local charity Iceni has now come to an end and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve smashed our original target of £7,200 and have actually managed to give Iceni a cheque for £17,218.76!
We’ve loved working with this forward-thinking organisation, who provide such a vital service to local families affected by issues relating to addiction.
Please look through the pages of our site to find out all you need to know about Pop Chorus.