Five years ago, Kari Olsen-Porthouse set up a new community choir – The West Bridgford Liberty Singers. Find out how to join.
The choir was enormously popular right from the start with big numbers turning out to sing together every fortnight.
Through lockdown, 100+ singers met on Zoom until it was safe to return to Lutterell Hall to rehearse in person.
Numbers are now at an all-time high of 160 singers, yet Kari still wanted to spread more singing joy.
Kari said: “The benefits of singing together are immense and I’m really keen to spread that message to as many people as possible and get them to share the joy.
“Choirs can run very differently and finding the right one for you is essential for maximum benefits.
“There are so many really good choirs locally!”
Last night saw the launch of The East Leake Liberty Singers at the beautiful new sports pavilion on Costock Road.
Sixty-six brave new singers came along to the opening night to sing together, be together and create a new community group. The energy in the room was fantastic and there was a lot of laughter and many happy faces.
Here’s what people thought;
“I LOVED last night! Not once did I feel embarrassed about my voice- I love singing but was always haunted by being discretely asked to leave my primary school choir. At the age now where I no longer care, I had ‘me time’ and I thought this is a tribe I can belong to” – Louisa
“What a fantastic first session of East Leake Liberty Singers. I wasn’t sure about singing in such a large choir and honestly did not expect to achieve so much on the first night and have so much fun! Lovely venue too. Can’t wait for the next session.” – Linda
“As others have said, I didn’t know what to expect either and I was a bit apprehensive but we were all put at ease straight away and I had a smile on my face all night. I have signed up and thoroughly enjoyed it – thank you. You made it a fabulous & funny night. Thoroughly enjoyed it.” – Margaret
“Thank you again for an amazing night, Kari. Not sure what I expected, but it definitely wasn’t so much giggling. Loved it and I’m still grinning this morning. Already signed up and looking forward to more singing and laughter.” – Kate
It’s not too late to make singing in a choir your new years resolution.