How it all began . . .
I'm Sue, and I've lived in Gillingham for about 20 years now. I've sung for just about as long as I can remember, and I trained as a natural Voice Practitioner
Helping others to sing and have fun doing it is my absolute passion - that’s why I started the community choir in May 2014 and continue to lead this great bunch of people to sing their socks off every Thursday evening
There's been much publicity about the benefits of singing with other people in recent years, and this is backed by hard evidence from extensive research projects with a variety of singing groups - ranging from people with conditions such as cancer and mental health difficulties, to ordinary everyday community choirs. The evidence is overwhelming - singing is good for you both mentally and physically
My own experiences have given me absolute proof that when things feel difficult and singing with others is the last thing that I want to do, it will be the one thing that will lift my spirits and give me a different outlook
There have been countless TV programmes too - Gareth Malone started the ball rolling several years ago now - but I don't believe that singing should be competitive. Where there is competition there is also the potential for feeling 'not good enough'
I do, however, believe wholeheartedly in encouraging the group as a whole to sing together to the very best of their ability and it seems to have worked well so far . . . despite many of my lovely choir members telling me that they can't sing!