Thursday, 22 December 2011
My brisk walk on a decidedly chilly Sunday afternoon was brightened by the festive songs in Roberts Park from 'Bradford Voices'. They are a community choir based in Saltaire. I have several friends who are members. (Singing seems to be something a lot of my friends have taken up in later years. I might have joined them but I'm too deaf even to hear myself sing, never mind everyone else! And I most likely sing flat now..) Bradford Voices meet weekly in the Methodist Church Hall to sing and enjoy music together. Part of their ethos is that everyone has a voice and is encouraged to sing, whether or not they can read music. There are no auditions and, though they make a very nice sound, their approach seems to be a lot more 'laid-back' than some choirs. They do lots of performances and many of them seem to be outside, street-based. Clearly one of the prerequisites for joining is a good set of thermal underwear! They had a small but appreciative audience by the Half-Moon Café in the park (funny how no-one likes to sit on the front row) and they managed to keep singing, despite me running around taking photos.