Surprised Sutton Coldfield shoppers were treated to a wonderful choral ‘flash mob’ performance by local choir members on Saturday (5th May). The singers were primarily from SC Choirs, Sutton’s leading choral organisation, supported by members of Social Singers and B Natural choir.
Months in the planning but kept a secret until 11am on the day, the event started with a single voice – that of local soprano and choral conductor Helen Williams. Others that appeared to be shoppers, but were really choir members ‘planted’ in the crowds, started to join in until there were almost 200 people of all ages singing their hearts out.
SC Choirs, which from September will stand for ‘Singing Community of Choirs’, is a thriving and expanding charitable organisation, which has four choirs for people aged 6 to adulthood. In September it will be adding a fifth with the launch of its choir for 4-6 year olds! SC Choirs also works in the community with local schools, teachers and other choirs. It has a gifted and diverse music team of conductors and accompanists, and is a leading choral organisation in the district.
Richard Jeffries, SC Choirs Artistic Director, said:
“We believe everyone can sing and should sing. Our flash mob last Saturday was a wonderful way of sharing the joy of singing with people who may not necessarily have been expecting it. SC Choirs prides itself in being a family of active choirs, inspiring a love of music through singing.”
Think you can sing? Think you can’t? Whatever your view of your singing ability and irrespective of your age, SC Choirs provides unique opportunities to learn and perform wonderful music – and make new friends!
“Our aim is to enrich the lives of our members and their families through fun rehearsals, unique performance opportunities and a host of social events. We promote a sense of self-worth, self-esteem, accomplishment and pride through our outstanding choral programme.
“We have a dedicated music team and a choir for everyone and every age, all meeting on Wednesday evenings at Arthur Terry School. Members of our team also run partner choirs such as the daytime Social Singers and the a capella group B Natural. There really is a choir for everyone!”
There are numerous known benefits of choir singing. It can help build confidence, boost the immune system, develop well-being & social bonding, improve the memory, help children with academic achievement, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, help teach teamwork, enable you to make many new friends and much much more. In short, it makes you feel great!
Helen Williams, one of SC Choirs conducting team, said:
“Many people think they can’t sing, but in fact that is a myth. You may not have the best solo voice in the world, but singing together with others is about teamwork, blend and achieving a common goal. If you have a voice, you can sing!”
SC Choirs may be a charity in its own right, but it often raises money for other charities too. In November 2017 alone over £1200 was raised for the NSPCC. The organisation also boasts Patrons such as broadcaster and international conductor Suzi Digby OBE, and classical Brit winners Only Men Aloud.
Standards are increasing all the time, and there’s the opportunity to perform at many high-profile events and competitions. In the recent past, SC Choirs junior and senior ensembles represented England at the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen, coming 3rd three times, as well as reaching the category finals of Choir Of The Year and winning the Manchester Amateur Choral competition.
SC Choirs are now recruiting for September. For more details on how to join visit their website www.suttoncoldfieldchoirs.org.uk or call Richard on 07736 318340.