Belper charity seeks singers for pop-up choir fundraiser

The one-off choir performance will be staged at Alton Manor Community Centre on Saturday, June 10.
The one-off choir performance will be staged at Alton Manor Community Centre on Saturday, June 10.

A team of charity volunteers are inviting Belper residents to join them in a choir for one night only to raise money for their vital community service.

Hope for Belper, the charity behind Belper’s food bank and Street Angels, are hosting the pop-up choir on Saturday, June 10.

The event is being held at Alton Manor Community Centre on Gregory’s Way, starting at 7.30pm.

Organiser Mark Berthelemy said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to have fun and raise money for a good cause.

“It’s inspired by a project in North Carolina where the community comes together every fortnight to learn a song and record a YouTube video.”

Mark, who is involved in the charity through Belper Community Church, says the pop-up could become a regular event in future but for now is just a one-off.

He will be leading singers through warm-up exercises and musical games, then teaching them to sing Happy by Pharrell Williams.

Anyone who wants to take part is being asked to wear their happiest clothes, to add a splash of colour to the resulting video.

Mark said: “The choir is for anyone, regardless of ability, as long as you enjoy singing.

“Children will be welcome, as long as they’re with an adult and can read the words.”

Participants in the event will need to pay £4 each on the door, and all monies raised will go directly to the charity.

Hope for Belper grew out of the nationwide Hope 08 initiative launched in 2008.

Its initial aim was to see one million acts of kindness taking place across the UK.

Since then, the charity has seen Christians and their neighbours work to bring hope to their community.

Its current projects include The Basic Idea, which has provided emergency food supplies for more than 700 families; and Street Angels, who offer support, help and a listening ear on Belper’s streets on Friday nights.

It also runs the CAP Debt Centre which providing free debt relief services across Belper and surrounding areas.

For more details, call Mark on 07922 146761.