These days, the need for people to be collectively responsible for each other is greater than ever. Being in a choir makes you part of a community; a supportive network where everyone is encouraged, nurtured and included – and nobody is left behind.
As an organisation we live and breathe these principles – we give free places to people referred to us by local organisations (like Lighthouse Women’s Aid and Iceni), offer a concessionary price to those who couldn’t otherwise afford to join and operate a member funded Benevolent Fund for when our existing members hit financial rocky patches.
We also feel very strongly about extending our philanthropic approach outwards to our local community and over the past few years have raised over £60,000 for Suffolk-based charities including St Elizabeth Hospice, Iceni, FIND and 4YP. You can regularly find our members singing with local care home residents and visiting community cafes and participating in our wellbeing singing sessions – rarely performing ‘at’, more often singing ‘with’ others who feel the benefit of the joy that singing brings.
This is all summed up in our choir Ethos, which members commit to when they join.