Felixstowe goes Pop!
Now, the people of Felixstowe can indulge in singing chart hits and favourite pop tunes together, as quirky local choir Pop Chorus launches a new group in the town, following success in Ipswich, Framlingham and Kesgrave.
The Suffolk-based feel-good singing groups are open to adults of all abilities, unashamedly singing great pop songs in harmony. There’s no audition and members don’t need to read music or have any experience. Recent repertoire has included Take That, The Beach Boys and Beyoncé. Rehearsals are very informal, with an emphasis on fun and gently developing members’ singing skills. Regular performances continue the relaxed vibe and members can choose whether to take part or not. Summer 2017 will see the massed voices of all the groups take to the stage of the Ipswich Corn Exchange.
Pop Chorus was founded by professional singer and vocal coach Yula Andrews. She started the first group in Framlingham in 2012, and the entire choir has now grown to almost 200 singers, with groups also in Kesgrave and Ipswich. The choir are proud community partners with St Elizabeth Hospice, and fundraise year-round on behalf of this vital local charitable organisation.
“When I started Pop Chorus with just 8 singers in 2012, I never imagined it would grow in this way. I’m passionate about how good singing is for people and can’t believe how lucky I am to run such an amazing choir, full of the loveliest people you could hope to meet. My mum lives in the town, so I’m very excited to be launching the Felixstowe daytime group in January with my colleague Jen. I hope people come along and give us a try – we can’t wait to tackle some catchy songs next term.” said Yula.
The new choir will meet 10am-12pm on Thursday mornings in term time starting 12th January 2017 in the church hall at St John’s Church, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7PW. The first session is free with no obligation to join, and a full term (January to Easter) costs only £75 (concessionary rate £50). New members are welcome to join at any time during this first term.