Ex­cit­ing choir seeks ded­i­cated vo­cal­ists

Bangor Mail - - YOUR GUIDE - Wrex­ham’s own PopVox choir will be start­ing this month

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 info@popvox­choir.co.uk – 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.

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