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New Tuneless Choir in High Wycombe welcomes all voices

| January 4, 2022

Rebecca Cobb outside St James’ Church, Downley (the choir will be based in their hall). (Image supplied by High Wycombe Tuneless Choir)

High Wycombe is the latest town to get a Tuneless Choir, in a trend sweeping the country.

The choirs are increasingly popular with those who want to experience the stress-busting effects of singing in a group, without the pressure to hit all the right notes in the right order. Sessions are designed to be fun and to get all members singing ‘loud and proud’.

High Wycombe Tuneless Choir launches on Monday 4th January 2022. Naturally, there will be no auditions, as the choir is open for all no matter how badly they sing. The principle is that everyone should have the opportunity to sing in a choir even if they ‘lack the ability to sing in tune”.

The choir will meet at St James’ Church Hall, Downley, High Wycombe on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Singing will be from 7.45pm to 9.00pm. On launch night, Tuesday 4th January 2022, doors will open at 7.30pm and everyone will be offered a glass of fizz and some cake to celebrate the first session of the High Wycombe Tuneless Choir!

The choir will be singing songs from across the decades and a wide range of genres, everything from old crooners to Adele, with of course some classics from Abba, The Beatles and Queen.

The choir is being set up by Rebecca Cobb, a local resident, who grew up in High Wycombe. She has been singing and performing since she was small. Rebecca wants to share her love of singing with others as she says she finds singing in a choir to be uplifting and great for improving your mood.

Rebecca said: ‘I have always wanted to use my singing experience to benefit others and Tuneless is the perfect opportunity for me to do so.

Following my visit to the Maidenhead Tuneless Choir, after a long day at work, I left feeling upbeat and decided I wanted to launch my own choir in my home town. Tuneless is a great opportunity to meet new people and to absorb yourself in popular music at each session.

I would like to create a friendly group in the local community where people can come to have fun and sing together without worrying about how they sound. The Tuneless Choir motto is ‘singing like no one is listening’. Participation is more important than performance.

Tuneless Choir Founder Nadine Cooper said: ‘There are so many proven benefits of group singing – physical, emotional and social. It gets our endorphins flowing, which are known as the happy hormones. So, as well as reducing stress it can help with anxiety and depression. I find you don’t think about all that when you are singing, you just are in the moment, forgetting your day-to-day worries.

I want to make sure that as many people as possible have a Tuneless Choir within reach, so I’m delighted that Rebecca is launching a choir for High Wycombe, the very first in Bucks. There are now 30 choirs nationwide, with several more on the cards.

Rebecca promises that everyone is welcome and no singer is too bad! Anyone interested in joining the High Wycombe Tuneless Choir is asked to book their place at the launch at http://www.tunelesschoir.com/highwycombe or contact Rebecca at [email protected] with any questions.

Tickets for the launch are £10.00 which includes registration and refreshments. Once someone has joined the choir it will be possible to sign up for a term in advance at the equivalent of £6 per session or attend on a pay as you go basis for £8.

*Source of article : Press release from High Wycombe Tuneless Choir.

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