Singing at the Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris (Summer 2012)
If you're looking for a singing group that doesn't take itself too seriously and yet still reaches really high standards, then Singing For Fun may well be the one for you.
Who are we?
Singing For Fun is a network of light-hearted groups based in Leicestershire, with an off-shoot branch in West Wales. Since starting in September 2008, membership has grown from eighteen singers to over four hundred.
Our members range in age from thirty to ninety and come from all walks of life. What we do have in common, however, is a love of singing and the enthusiasm to explore a much wider range of musical repertoire than is possible in many singing groups. And the emphasis is always on having fun - and in good company!
Are there auditions?
No, no, no! Everyone is welcome to join. If you think that you really are the worst singer in the world, don't worry! You're almost certainly not and, in any case, you'll get so much better simply by singing with others.
Do you have to be experienced to join?
The answer is another emphatic no! While some of our members do have a high level of vocal expertise, many others have not sung since junior school, with the majority lying somewhere in the middle. So please don't worry if you are a bit rusty! Everyone is welcome and parts will be allocated appropriately, with harmony lines being provided for those wanting something more challenging.
Do you have to be able to read music?
Again, no. Even though we do usually work from printed music, parts will always be taught aurally. Non-readers will, however, find that they quickly gain the confidence and necessary skills to follow a musical score.
What do we sing?
Singing For Fun aims to provide something for everyone by covering a variety of musical 'classics' in a range of styles, including opera, jazz, popular, classical, gospel, world, folk and stage and screen.
Last year's repertoire included Billy Joel's Lullabye, Goodnight my Angel, Sting's Fields of Gold, Songs from the Shows, including a Rodgers & Hammerstein medley, Puttin' on the Ritz, 42nd Street and Hernando's Hideaway, and operatic choruses and sacred music, plus some gospel and world music.
We sometimes sing in unison (everyone singing the same thing) and sometimes in harmony (several different parts happening at the same time), sometimes with accompaniment (keyboard and backing tracks) and sometimes a cappella
Singing For Fun hopes that you enjoying browsing through our website. If you need any further information, please do get in touch either by phone (07742 576031) or by completing the form on the Getting in touch page.
Thank you for visiting - and happy singing!
Singing at Leicester's Highcross Centre with some Leicester Lions