As well as enormous fun, singing with Unity in Sound brings a great sense of accomplishment, working together to produce music that both sounds good and makes us feel good. For many of us choir equals “me time” – time-out from work, childcare or other responsibilities. There’s a great sense of camaraderie – firm friendships have been formed and members have been helped through difficult times by the support and focus the choir provides.
The only real way to find out is to come and give us a try. No matter whether you’re a total novice, rusty or an experienced singer – all are welcome, we’d be delighted to meet with you. We are starting to take new membership enquires but attendance is strictly by pre-arranged appointment.
We meet every Thursday evening from 7pm and finish by 9.30pm at St Andrew’s Church in Paternoster Lane, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 5RY. See map below.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Choir Mobile in the first instance for an informal chat on 07754 949301, you can leave a message and someone will get back to you.
The first 2 sessions are free so that you can hear how we learn and the different range of songs we sing. After that we would ask that you sign up for membership, which currently costs £20.00.
Sessions cost £16.00 per month by standing order. Before you sign the Membership Form you will be emailed our constitution for you to read which sets out how Unity in Sound is run and by whom. It includes information on the committee and the various roles carried out by members, meetings and the AGM. We also ask you to sign the Communication Policy which is required for data protection.
When you’ve completed the membership forms, you will have access to the members’ area of the website and the music.
Leah records each individual part using professional software. The recordings of Leah’s actual singing are accessed on our website by members so that the parts can be learned individually, rote fashion. These can be listened to as individual sections and/or all parts together. The score is available to all members although many make do with just the words on which they make their own notes.
At rehearsals the aim is to practice the parts to make sure all the notes are right (and in the right order!) and then put it all together. Once the notes are right, then the concentration is on dynamics, expression, mood, etc, etc – making a song truly unique to Unity in Sound.
– yes. But the beauty of this method of learning is it can be done anytime, anywhere – you can download the recordings to your phone or similar and playback in the car on the way to work, doing the ironing, any activity where your ears are available to listen and your voice free to sing out loud.
– well, yes. But in each section of the choir there are at least one or two strong singers so others can take the lead from them. Rest assured, if anyone is struggling to get it right they are never exposed or picked upon or made to look foolish.
– absolutely but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, it should be; and we’re all up for a laugh.
It’s not about just singing the black dots (that’s being an instrumentalist) it’s about turning the black dots into emotion, meaning, lifting spirits (that’s being a musician)
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