Our next moment is the Open Voice Community Choir led by Carol Donaldson. The choir meets every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in St Margaret’s Church, Whalley Range, Manchester. They are currently around 35 members strong and welcome newcomers of all backgrounds and abilities! They tell us more about it here…
“The image chosen is from our October performance when we topped the bill at the Vegan Abundance Fair in Hulme gardens. Open Voice is an amazing group of people who come together every week for the joy of singing. We love to share our experience with others through supporting community events, charities, causes and protests. Everyone has a voice – let’s use it!
As part of a growing movement of community choirs we believe that singing together has enormous health and wellbeing benefits. Singing is an amazing outlet for emotions as well as being physically beneficial. There is a powerful sense of connectedness and community which spills out beyond the choir. People look out for each other and many friendships are formed and strengthened at Open Voice that carry on outside choir Singing in a group gives us something that we have otherwise lost as a society.”
A member of the choir said:
“Singing on a Wednesday evening and at performances such as at Hulme Garden Centre is my therapy. I look forward to Open Voice as the highlight of my week. It’s a great chance to let it all out, to laugh, sometimes cry, and really feel connected to an incredible community of people who just love to sing.”
A big thank you to the Open Voice Community Choir for sending us in their moment!