From welcoming the Olympic torch to helping to switch on Falkirk’s Christmas lights - what a year it has been for Sing Forth, the district community choir.
Set up with funding to mark the Olympic Torch passing through the district, the choir who came together for the one-off celebration is having such a good time that they have just kept going.
And as they start back after the Christmas break, anyone aged 16 and over is welcome to join them – no singing experience is required. But while they would welcome all new members, Sing Forth would be especially pleased to see some men swell their ranks as the ladies greatly outnumber them at the moment.
After their first performance at the Falkirk Wheel, the choir was invited to sing for Princess Anne at the Wheel’s 10th Birthday celebrations.
This was followed by a performance at the lighting of the Olympic Beacon, then at the district’s annual fireworks display in Callendar Park and in Callendar House as part of its Christmas programme.
Hazel Beattie, arts development officer with Falkirk Community Trust, said: “When we set up the choir it turned out there was a real demand for it.
“We work on a great mix of modern songs including pop hits – from Emeli Sande to Queen – as well as classic tracks and musical theatre.
“There is a wide age range of members from all walks of life and it’s a really fun and friendly group. People have found it’s a great way to socialise and meet new people.”
The musical director is professional musician Dougie Flower who also arranges all of the choir’s pieces while their pianist is Ryan Wells, who has come up through the ranks of the Children’s and Youth Theatre.
Hazel said: “We got funding from Creative Scotland to set up the choir for the Olympic torch relay but when it finished everyone was keen to continue so they now pay a small fee to cover the costs of the musical director and our pianist, so it is self-funding.
“However, if anyone wants to come along for a couple of weeks to see if they like it they would be very welcome.”
The choir meets tonight (Thursday) in Camelon Education Centre from 7-9 p.m. and every week until March 28.
The fee for the 11-week term is £30, payable at the Steeple Box Office (01324) 506850 but anyone is welcome to come and try the choir first.