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 just the thing for you.
Who are we?
Singing For Fun is a network of light-hearted groups, meeting every week in Leicestershire and twice a month 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 eighty-six 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, will get so much better simply by singing with others.
Do you have to be experienced to join?
The answer is an 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 a Beatles medley, two Verdi operatic choruses, excerpts from Vivaldi's Gloria, Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven, New York New York, Is this the way to Amarillo, Volare, My Fair Lady medley, Panis Angelicus and and Bob Chilcott's Irish Blessing, plus some gospel and world music (Maori and Italian).
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 (unaccompanied).
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 the Highcross Centre, leicester, with some Leicester Lions