Exciting choir seeks dedicated vocalists
IF YOU have ever wanted to sing with a fun, friendly adult choir, your wait may soon be over, as PopVox is about to launch a new choir in Wrexham.
Emma Nowell decided seven years ago to use her professional experience and love of music to create a friendly adult choir, PopVox, which now has several branches right across Cheshire and Merseyside.
The Wrexham group is the first PopVox to open in Wales and it launches today (September 26).
The choir will rehearse at Glyndwr University between 7.30-9pm, and sessions are £7 per week. There are no auditions and no need to read music.
And, whether you find yourself singing into your hairbrush, belting out your favourite pop songs, or have previous musical experience, PopVox caters for all abilities and levels.
PopVox founder Emma Nowell says: “The popularity of being in a choir is going from strength to strength.
“There are around 25,000 choirs in the UK, including school and church ensembles. Research shows that singing is the country’s most popular group activity after sport.”
Grace Walker, who will lead the Wrexham-based choir, was keen to use her professional skills as a musician, singer and as a teacher and so joined PopVox as a Choir Leader earlier this year.
She says: “Singing is fantastic in so many ways. It boosts health, selfconfidence and makes you feel great! Through the power of song, everyone leaves PopVox with a smile on their face!”
Emma is best known for being one of the presenters in the musical television programme Hi-5, which has been broadcast across ITV1/ ITV4/Cartoonito/Boomerang.
Grace is a professional musician who has the perfect set of skills and stage experience to lead PopVox Wrexham.
She trained at Leeds College of Music, primarily in classical piano, graduating with a BA Hons in Popular Music Studies in both piano and popular vocal styles. During her training, Grace played and sang with Jazz orchestras and function bands, performing at Cork Jazz Festival.
She decided to continue her Post-Graduate studies, gaining a PGCE in Music.
She has worked internationally as a vocal teacher and choir leader over the last eight years, with the last few years being at Castell Alun High School, in Hope.
PopVox work towards various events, including performances at CarFest North, StoryHouse, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the North Wales Choral Festival.
Although these performances are not compulsory, members who wish to perform in public have had incredible opportunities over the past few years, including trips to DisneyLand Paris and the West End Tour of Godspell In Concert at Venue Cymru, adding to the “wonderful experiences that members get to cherish”.
To book a free taster session and be part of PopVox Wrexham, email firstname.lastname@example.org – for more information, head to www.popvox choir.co.uk Tap & Spile, Bangor: Tues, free prize quiz 9.30. Monthly open mic. T: 01248 370 835. French Conv., Thurs, 7-9pm. jannieu@ tiscali.co.uk The Bull Inn, Bethesda: Weds 9pm, Jam Session. 01248 600 438. Pant-yr-Ardd, Tregarth: Tues, 9pm, Bingo. 01248 600 057. Bangor City Football Club: Guitar Circle, 7.45pm, 2nd Tues. 01407 831 480. Patrick’s Bar, Bangor: Sun & Mon, karaoke. 01248 353 062. The Newborough Arms, Bontnewydd: Cyffro, Sept 8, 7.30pm. Sun carvery. Buffet curry - Weds from 5pm.