Children’s choir hits the right note

Jenny Newbury leads members of Kids Aloud at singing practice

Jenny Newbury leads members of Kids Aloud at singing practice

A CHILDREN’S choir based around Bredon Hill is hitting the right notes and going from strength to strength.

Kids Aloud, for children aged seven to 16, was set up by former music teacher Jenny Newbury about two-and-a-half years ago.

The choir rehearses in Little Comberton Village Hall every Monday from 5pm-6pm.

“The children come from all round Bredon Hill, and also from the Pershore and Evesham areas,” said Jenny. “We are 27 in total and make a lovely sound!”

“During the first 12 months I managed to get a grant from Worcestershire County Council, with the help of Councillor Adrian Hardman, and succeeded in getting the same grant this year from them too, so we are self-supporting.

Children deep in rehearsals for their next concert

Children deep in rehearsals for their next concert

“The parents do not pay anything. What we try and do is have a money-raising concert to bring the funds up.

“We sing classical, pop, rock and songs from the musicals. I do like to think that the children get a mixture. Some they like, some they don’t like, but it is an education for them.

“We sing in parts, unison. We have soloists – very fine ones – duettists and so on. I do have to hear the children perform before they join. They must be able to pitch correctly. Also I do like a commitment. No good coming one week and not the next!”

The choir could take up to three more members but Jenny says 30 is the maximum she would be able to work with effectively.

Jenny invited the Bredon Hill View to listen in to a practice session – and we were mightily impressed. The children’s voices blended together beautifully and they all responded to Jenny’s guidance.

We asked a few of the choir members what they liked about being part of Kids Aloud.

Children's choir founder Jenny Newbury at the piano

Children's choir founder Jenny Newbury at the piano

Ellie, aged 11, from Evesham, said: “I think it makes you more confident and comfortable with other people.”

Hannah, aged 10, from Eckington, said: “It gives you the chance to learn new music and see all your friends.”

Freya, aged nine, who comes all the way from Gloucester each week to sing in the choir, said: “I like the way we do singing in groups.”

Last year the choir performed at Number 8 in Pershore with other choirs and also a combined concert at Bromsgrove School with three other choirs an African composition.

“In December we celebrated Christmas at Elmley Castle Church with The Avonsingers, a very good adult choir,” added Jenny.

“Our next big occasion is Friday and Saturday June 29th and 30th. We are doing our own concert at Little Comberton which will contain music for everyone.”

Although the choir receives some funding, it also has sponsors and could do with some more, who would gain a mention in the programme.

For more information about Kids Aloud, contact Jenny Newbury on 01386 710210 or 07511 643921.

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