Singers Inspired History
Inspired, under the musical directorship of Carol O'Neill, began life as a
community choir in October 2004, having evolved from its previous incarnation,
Voices Allowed, which began a year earlier and had been the brain child of the
Lodge Farm Project.
Farm hoped to establish a community choir in the Downham Market area as well as
facilitating several other musically based projects in schools and the wider
Lodge Farm withdrew their support in October 2004 members of Voices Allowed
really wanted their fledgling choir to continue. We all felt the choir was
worthwhile and wonderful, and everyone wanted to carry on meeting and singing
together - and so out of the ashes of one choir another grew.
of the choir who remember those first few weeks, will recollect that despite our
determination, it seemed nigh on impossible that we'd be able to carry on. We
very quickly needed to track down funding, form a committee and draw up a
constitution, whilst at the same time ensuring that the members continued
meeting and singing together.
one point things were so tight that one of the then choir members had to under
write the expenditure to ensure that we could continue. While the grant
applications were processed choir members showed their ingenuity by raising
money with curry nights, cakes stalls and classes.
minutes of those early meetings show a great flurry of activity as the ad hoc
committee got to work on the very real issues of funding to meet the cost of
Carol's fees, hall rental and insurance, along with drawing up a constitution
which reflected the kind of inclusive and welcoming group we still feel
ourselves to be.
11th November the choir voted to decide on a new name. We quickly whittled the
choices down to a short list of 2. Singers Inspired, which came from the lyrics
of a song that Carol had written for the choir and Amabile which is Latin for
lovingly. Singers Inspired won by two votes.
inaugural meeting was held on Thursday 2nd December, where we adopted our
constitution and the members proposed to elect en-bloc the existing ad hoc
committee until such a time, early in the New Year, when our first Annual
General Meeting could be arranged.
with the promise of some funding in place from Awards for All and FenLeader plus
we had our first AGM on May 19th 2005.
you would like to read the constitution of the Choir it is available in Adobe
PDF format by clicking here
2014, Singers Inspired celebrated our 10th Anniversary. In May we
'Flash-mobbed' Downham Market with our interpretation of 'Singin' in the
Rain', thankfully the heavens didn't open as we sung! After this triumph we
decided to see how the professionals do it, and enjoyed a choir day out to
Norwich, in June, to see the touring production of 'Singin' in the Rain'. We
also managed a repeat flash mob whilst there.
On an incredibly hot July evening we performed at Three Holes Village Hall,
in a joint concert with local ukulele ensemble 'Teddy's Boys'.
September was a particularly busy month as we had an evening tour of Ely
Cathedral, followed by a practice in the Lady Chapel and a performance to a
selected audience (a few accompanying friends and a friendly verger!) in the
Cathedral itself. We all agreed it was a wonderful experience. Then a few
days later we travelled to Denver Village Hall for a truly inspiring
workshop with one of our favourite composers, Ally Burns.
In November we performed at Mundford Village Hall.
Still to come in December is a joint Christmas Concert with Downham Market
Academy in the Town Hall.
What a year it has been, all we can say is bring on the next 10 years!
are always keen to recruit new members and details can be found on this
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