Members

See below for interviews with City Singers members to find out in their own words what they think about the group, why they joined and what they have gained from it so far.

Susie, Lancaster City Council.

Why did you join the City Singers?
I helped set the initial group up because I wanted to sing a mix of music for fun and not have to sing religious songs.  I couldn’t find any choirs in the area that did this.
What was your musical experience before joining?
I play the piano and I’m a very rusty self-taught guitarist.  I also sing every week in my local congregation
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
I’ve learnt that I’m a soprano and how to sing in harmony with  other singers. I’ve also gained confidence in singing in front of others.
What you like best about the City Singers?
Singing for fun!

Amanda, Lancaster City Council.

Why did you join the City Singers? 
I love singing but had never thought of joining a choir before. When I saw the advert at work, this choir sounded like it would be fun and I really enjoy coming. 
What was your musical experience before joining?
I did a lot of musical theatre in my youth but not much since and nothing formal.
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
I now feel like I understand harmonies in songs better and feel like I can pick things up much more quickly than I used to.
What you like best about the City Singers?
That it’s a democratic group effort!

Sharon, Lancaster City Council.

Why did you join the City Singers? 
As a more relaxed, fun alternative to the more formal choir I was already in and to support my colleagues who were closely involved in setting it up!
What was your musical experience before joining?
In the Girls’ Choir at secondary school and then nothing for twenty something (!) years until joining a local choral society last year.
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
More experience of being in a small ‘chamber’ choir and doing close harmony/ a capella/ modern pieces rather than big religious or operatic choruses.
What you like best about the City Singers?
The relaxed atmosphere, the wide ranging mix of music, the people.

Bob, Lancaster City Council.

Why you did join the City Singers?
Thought it was a great idea and wanted to support it.
 What was your musical experience before joining?
Numerous Amateur Dramatic productions in Lancaster and Kendal including Jekyll & Hyde at the Lancaster Grand Theatre.
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
Improved my harmony singing and it’s been good to sing something other than ‘songs from the shows!’
What you like best about the City Singers?
Being the only man so far!!  It’s also great fun with a good mixture of songs.

Pauline, Retired.

Why did you join the City Singers?
I joined City Singers because I really enjoy singing with other people and get a big feel good factor from it.
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
It is a small friendly choir and you don’t feel bad if you get something wrong , or can’t manage something as everyone is very laid back about things like that.
What you like best about the City Singers?
Amanda’s very  patient and kind and I have grown in confidence as the weeks have gone by, and feel that the whole choir has also.

Ruth, Legal Secretary.

Why you joined the City Singers?
I was initially introduced to City Singer by Susie.  She knows I like a good sing song.
What was your musical experience before joining?
Before joining my only musical experience was singing with my cousins (who are more musically talented with regards to playing the guitar, piano etc) and I usually would provide vocals for them when they were entertaining and of course singing whilst doing the cleaning!
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
The main thing that has improved is my confidence.  I’m not the most confident person in the whole world and singing in public is quite frightening, in fact the concert is going to be quite a challenge for me but since joining I’ve learnt to be heard and not fade into the background and I think I’ve learnt a thing or two.  My breathing is better and find my range is much improved.
What you like best about the City Singers?
I love the fact that everyone is lovely, we all sound really good and everyone has different tones/ranges to bring to the choir.  After choir I always feel elated.  

Fiona, Lancaster City Council

Why did you join the City Singers? 
I joined the City Singers because I love singing – in the kitchen, in the shower, in the car, at my desk. But for me it was more that City Singers is for people who love singing rather than people who are already great singers that pushed me to join. If I had been required to audition I would never have made the leap.
What was your musical experience before joining?
I learnt to play the piano and cello while at school and always enjoyed singing in church but apart from one brief appearance in the Wizard of Oz at 15 I have never really sang outside of my own house (or car).
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
I didn’t think I was a brilliant singer before I started but even I can tell that my singing has improved. I’ve even managed a couple of harmonies which I personally find really difficult but practice makes perfect. And I love singing even more than I did before!
What you like best about the City Singers?
 The singing of course and the fact that we feel like a really connected group of people who are working together at something we enjoy.

Jill, Lancaster City Council.

Why did you join the City Singers?
Really wanted to be part of a choir and it is great that it is at work – it is a good chance to get to know more people.
What was your musical experience before joining?
I played piano and violin when I was younger and sang in a gospel choir at Uni but not for a long time.
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
 I feel much more confident about harmonies – it seems to be sticking now when it didn’t before (must be Amanda’s great skills!)
What you like best about the City Singers?
Having fun, and the really good song selection.

June, Retired.

Why did you join the City Singers?
Joined City singers to have a jolly good sing!
What was your musical experience before joining?
No formal singing experience since left school but former non – acting member of Lancaster amateur dramatic and operatic society (LADOS) for 32 years.
What can you say about your musical experience after a term with the City Singers?
Enjoying being a member of City Singers and singing such a variety of music.

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