Why did you choose to join Love Soul Choir?
I’d been thinking about joining a choir for a while but when I saw the video of Love Soul Choir’s involvement in the ‘Fix You’ flashmob (which made me emotional even on video) I just thought I HAVE to be part of this! I was also looking to build my confidence with singing publicly which I’ve always struggled with.
What’s your best memory of Love Soul Choir so far?
It has to be performing my solo part to my favourite Stevie Wonder song at the 2017 winter show. The harmonies were so powerful and I totally got lost in the music. It was a dream come true!
What’s the best part of Love Soul, for you?
It’s difficult to say, there’s so much I love about Love Soul! Aside from the incredible sound, it’s the family vibe between the whole choir across Southampton and Bournemouth. The music unites us, we leave our problems at the door and when we sing together it’s just nothing but love and soul (hence the name!) I’ve never known such a close knit group of people of such a range of ages and backgrounds before. I felt so welcome even from day one.
Tell us about the songs & arrangements…
It’s such an eclectic mix of music, from pop to gospel to Motown and everything in between. One thing that strikes me is the contrast, from up beat tunes that make you want to shake your thing, to heartfelt power ballads that bring tears to your eyes. It’s an emotional roller coaster I tell ya…
What would you say to somebody who might be scared of auditioning?
Feel the fear and do it anyway! It’s normal to feel nervous but if you knew what was awaiting you on the other side – the laughs, the feeling of being part of a family, the stress release of singing in a choir and the feeling of uplifting others with every performance, it would be a no brainier. Get involved, we’ll all be waiting with open arms!
Give us a summary of your ‘life’ at Love Soul Choir…
The change in me personally has been amazing. My confidence has soared and it has filtered over into other areas of my life too. It’s also had a massive impact on my wellbeing to sing my heart out at rehearsals on a weekly basis. As someone who has only been in Southampton for a few years, I’ve made really great support network of friends too. It really is a game changer! ❤️