Physical choirs replaced with ONLINE sessions!
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all 8 Pop Chorus choirs, along with Singing for Health and Happiness and Memories Through Music are temporarily ceasing – in a physical format, that is. We won’t stop singing though… we’ve successfully managed to take all our groups ONLINE. This means we’re no longer bound by the limits of geography, so if you’ve always fancied joining Pop Chorus but haven’t been able to get to one of our sessions, now is a great time to join us from the safety of your home. Current Pop Chorus members have had emails regarding our private, online choir rehearsals. A new term of choir starts w/c 20th April – this will be open to new singers and we’ll be offering ‘Virtual Membership’ – full details to follow shortly.
Our wellbeing choirs are now open to all and are taking place every Monday and Thursday at 2pm GMT. These sessions last 1 hour and will be 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. These sessions are free, but there will be a PayPal account that participants can choose to make a small donation into if they wish – our regular wellbeing choirs in the real world are donation based, so this will be the same.
If you’re at all nervous about using the technology, rest assured that it’s very easy and I’m sure you’ll be fine just clicking the link and working it out as you go along. Or, you could look on YouTube for Zoom instructions for the kind of device you’ll be using to join the session (there are videos for everything from iphones and ipads to laptops, Kindles and other tablets and phones). I’m sure you’ll find something helpful to show you how it will work.
Welcome… Do you love to sing?
…well now you’ve found the friendly, fun, fabulous chorus 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.
The original Framlingham group still meets on Thursday nights, and the addition of groups in Kesgrave, Ipswich, Felixstowe and Stowmarket, plus our **TWO NEW CHOIRS** which started last September – Halesworth and Long Melford have taken our membership from 8 people to over 400 singers now!
*over 18s only
Yula Andrews is a trained singer with over 25 years of performing experience, ranging from Puccini to ABBA tributes! She has been leading choirs and offering vocal coaching for over 15 years and is a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing.
Pop Chorus join forces with FIND.
Following last year’s fabulous fundraising year with Iceni (see below), we’ve teamed up with FIND (Families in Need Suffolk) to help raise awareness and funds for this vital local charity. For nearly 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 staging monthly collections at each of our 8 choirs to donate food and other items to FIND on a regular basis. We’re also doing bucket collections at many of our appearances and supporting 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 this summer.
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.