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Leicestershire Soundabout Inclusive Choir

The choir, which initially started on Zoom, welcomes people of all abilities and ages to create a musical community without barriers.

Rehearsals take place on alternate Saturdays from 11:00am-12:00pm, with a live session every half term. These live sessions will be at The Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Rd, Leicester LE1 7HA, the first one being Saturday 25th September with the opportunity to chat with members afterwards over cake!

Rehearsal dates for this term are as follows (dates in bold are live) :
Sep 11th
Sep 25th *
Oct 9th

Oct 23rd
Nov 6th
Nov 20th
Dec 4th
Dec 18th *

The choir is co-directed by Will Taggart, Emma Burns and Alison Mitchell who encourage all members to contribute ideas for repertoire, and to build up confidence to lead on particular songs. As a result the music we perform is very varied. There are always lots of opportunities for performance, both recorded/in the media and live.

Check out our collaboration with the West Midlands Soundabout choirs, when our members came together in lockdown to sing this 'Earth, Wind and Fire' classic!

Nicola Atkins from Leicestershire Music Hub
"We are really excited to be working in partnership with Soundabout to offer a new singing opportunity for young people and their families across Leicester and Leicestershire. The inclusive aspect of this group will enable people from all backgrounds and abilities to discover the joy of being part of a singing community whilst learning new skills and also having a lot of fun in a safe and caring environment."

Clare Cook, CEO, Soundabout
"Our experience in Oxford has shown us the powerful impact that an inclusive choir has on all involved – creating a musical community around children and young people with disabilities builds confidence in their own musicality and ability to form relationships. Some of the members will be singers, others may use technology or traditional instruments to make their contribution – all are welcome. Our team is aspirational in our approach and we are always looking to create exciting opportunities for leadership and performance within the choir."

To get an idea of how the choir works, please watch this BBC News piece about our Oxford Choir.

For any queries, please contact emma.burns@leics.gov.uk or alison.mitchell@leics.gov.uk

Please click here to sign up to join the Leicestershire Soundabout Inclusive Choir!

Partners

  • Arts
    Leicestershire Music
    Music And Culture
    LCC
    LCC 2
  • Viva
    Philharmonia
    Darbar
  • Soft Touch Arts
    Bullfrog
    Awards for Young Musicians
    Orchestras Live
    Pedestrian
  • SoundLincs
    Transformance Music
    Spark Childrens Festival
    Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
    National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • The Mighty Creatives
    MEHEM
    Leicester Cathedral
    Leicester International Music Festival

Partners

  • Arts
  • Leicestershire Music
  • Music And Culture
  • LCC
  • LCC 2
  • Viva
  • Philharmonia
  • Darbar
  • Soft Touch Arts
  • Bullfrog
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • Orchestras Live
  • Pedestrian
  • SoundLincs
  • Transformance Music
  • Spark Childrens Festival
  • Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain