Choir is singing to the right tune

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YOU don’t have to be a great singer to hit the right notes with a choir in Belper.

The Chevin Singers, a choir that was formed in January, is singing from the same hymn sheet as the word fun.

Viv Wilson, who is chairman of the choir, said the emphasis of the group is, as well as singing, to have a laugh.

She said: “You do not need any singing experience. We accept anyone who wants to sing for fun.

“We welcome people of any age who want to have a go at singing.

“It is good fun and we laugh a lot.

“And it is a choir where you do not need to read music.”

The choir was formed last January and has about 26 members — but they are looking for a few more.

“We are aiming to perform in the future,” said Viv.

“In fact we are hoping to perform at the Shakespeare Festival in Belper in December

“We sing music from all over the world; soprano, alto, tenor, bass.”

Viv herself is no newcomer to the choir scene. She had five years with Belper community choir Rough Truffles.

“Before that I was never in a choir,” said Viv. “I just went along and tried it, and I loved it.

“I have no experience of singing, but I just like singing.”

But Viv decided it was time for a change from Rough Truffles.

She said: “It became very full so I decided it was time to do another one. I decided it was time to branch out.”

The Chevin Singers meet on Tuesdays between 10am and 12 midday at the Strutts Centre on Derby Road, Belper.

Viv said: “The first week is free.

“Then it costs between £3 and £5, depending on what you can afford.

“It gets put straight into a box so no-one knows what you have put in.”