Wigan Community Choir started in 2005 with 18 members and now we have over 100 and a waiting list. We are a choir for anyone who has ever wanted to sing and our mantra is ‘If you can talk, you can sing!
As a community choir, we hold no auditions and our rehearsals are informal and fun but focused. We attract novices and experienced singers who are looking for an easy-going choir who are committed to singing well together.
Our wide-ranging repertoire includes music from the Great American Song Book, folk songs from around the world and choral classics. Director Imelda Shirley, a professional teacher and musician aims to bring out the best in everyone with patience and a sense of fun. In October 2015, we were invited as musical ambassadors to sing in Wigan’s twin town of Angers, France where we performed with the choir and orchestra from the University of Angers. The trip proved once more that music is an international language of friendship.
We perform at a variety either of local venues, solo or with other choirs and orchestras, including recently at The Royal Northern College of Music, Media City and Salford Cathedral, where, in conjunction with others, we performed Faure’s Requiem. We endeavour to take the ‘community’ part of our title seriously too by holding workshops in a variety of styles, which are open to the public. In addition, we also give regular concerts in residential homes and day centres.
We love what we do and we relish the variety of musical challenges we set ourselves. There is a strong camaraderie amongst our members, which binds us together – a happy cocktail of singing and friendship, which our audiences and we clearly enjoy.