Almost 500 members of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire gathered in Nottingham’s Albert Hall on Sunday 29 September to build a ‘Ginormous Choir’ in just a day. Those taking part came from all over the county and included members of Rainbows (aged 5-7), Brownies (7-10) and Guides (10-14) as well as Rangers and Young Leaders (14-25).
The event was led by a team from community arts organisation Music for Everyone, who steered the choir through favourites from The Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia!. The morning was filled by group workshops and rehearsals, with each age group given their own songs to work on, and the day closed with a concert where the 500-strong choir sang for their families and friends.
Building a Ginormous Choir has become a regular fixture in Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s calendar and County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst was delighted to welcome so many girls from different sections – some returning for their third time. ‘I know there are several Guides singing today who first took part as Rainbows and Brownies,’ she said. ‘It’s great to have created such a special atmosphere that that they keep wanting to come back to relive it!’
Amongst the choir was a group from 1st Edwalton Brownies, who agreed that the day had been fantastic. ‘We loved the songs from The Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia!’ they all said together. ‘Today has been fantastic! We really enjoy singing, which is why we came, and we would definitely come again!’
The girls are great fans of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s big events – ‘They’re such great fun and everyone can meet up to make new friends,’ they explained. Most of the Edwalton Brownies had been to MegaMoot last year and said they can’t wait for ‘Brownie Blast’, a half-term adventure running at PGL in Caythorpe, which will be attended by Brownies from all over the county.
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire is recruiting additional adult volunteers in order to whittle down the waiting lists and create more opportunities like the Ginormous Choir for girls and young women all over the county. Anyone interested in finding out what’s involved is invited to call 0115 987 7220 or visit www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk