March Community Can’t Sing Choir was set up in September 2016 with a grant provided by the Healthy Fenland Fund. It is a prototype Community Choir for increasing the well-being of local inhabitants through the well-established benefits of community singing.
Based in March, Cambridgeshire, the choir has continued to grow with an elected committee to manage the Choir as a non-profit making group, with the unwavering direction of Sally Rose and Paul Hayward of Back Two .
The choir is ‘pay-as-you-go’, welcoming all those who come through the door. There is no audition and no need to read music. We choose popular songs from the ‘40s through to present day, including Christmas and Easter songs to suit the seasons. In conjunction with our Choir Leader and singing teacher, we accept occasional requests from outside organisations to visit them and to sing in public.
What does a typical choir evening consist of ?
“We start by warming up our lungs and voices with vocal exercises and singing rounds. We move on to singing well-known songs; have a tea-break in the middle; then learn some repertoire songs we might use for public performances. No-one is obliged to sing in public unless they feel confident and ready to do so. Part of our purpose at MCSC is to build confidence as well as breathing, voice control and timing. And in-between we have a lot of fun with Sally and Paul, our talented choir teacher and accompanist!”