Singing For Fun
The Singing for Fun group is a group that does what it says on the tin. It’s a fun way of building up self esteem & confidence, through singing. You don’t have to be a Bono or Beyonce. It doesn’t even matter if you’re tone deaf. I can only just about carry a song, and have been known to drop a few. The focus is on having fun.
The group takes place on Thursdays, at the Stockport Disability, Stockport. It runs from 1 -2 pm and has a minimal charge of £1.00 unwaged & £2.00 waged which goes towards the running costs of the centre.
It came into being over 3 years ago, the brainchild of music teacher Emily Hewson, who’d travelled the world working with people from all walks of life, and introduced this unilateral flavour of songs to the group,
Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for Emily, after a successful year leading the group, she secured full time employment and after a brief period where she tried to balance the commitments of a job with her dedication to the group. She had to admit defeat, and the facilitation of the group fell to yours truly (me)
As I’ve said, my voice can only be described as passable, and many have passed me by when they hear it. And as I was only there originally in a support capacity, this represented a challenge comparable to hopping up Everest. But the god of singing smiled on me, and with the dedication of the group, and a sprinkling of terrible puns (supplied by me), the group survived, and indeed thrived.
After an enjoyable 2 year rollercoaster ride, that saw the group’s health progress from intensive care to recovery, to now just needing the occasional check up, the group took a huge leap forward, in the shape of singing coach, Sheila Gott. Out of the blue or should that be blues, Sheila, a renowned professional singer, and voice coach offered her services, and vocal talent to the group, and a new era began.
She brought with her a wealth of professional experience gained from working with some of the biggest names (and shortest too) in the music industry, ‘Take that’, to name just one’. Under her tutelage, the group took a step forward comparable to Neil Armstrong’s first step on to the moon. Under Sheila’s guidance, and my misguided attempts at humour, the group flourished and people who wouldn’t have said boo to a goose (although it’s always puzzled me why people would want to say boo to a goose), found the confidence to express them selves within the group, and eventually in public. The true extent of the increased confidence was evident when one of the members, who originally wouldn’t have approached a goose let alone said boo to it, conjured up the confidence to sing, in public at an open Mic night in the centre of Stockport.
Which leads me to where we are now: Over the course of the last year the group as exceeded all expectations performed, at Stockport Market Hall, Stockport Mind’s Christmas Carol Service, and recently at Stockport College, Health Fair, earning accolades from young and old alike.
What does the future hold? Not a clue, but I can guarantee you this it’ll be fun finding out. If this sounds like it’s for you & something you would like to be involved with just turn up on the day.
I’ll end on that note. I think it’s a middle ‘C’
You can see our singing for fun group in action on our You Tube channel via the below links;
Watch our group in action – Click here
See us at Stockport Market – Click here
Silent Night Special – Click here
See the full Stockport Mind You Tube Channel – Click here