Judith Lakin had sung for many years in a local choir, the King Edward and Queen Mary Singers, so when she retired from teaching at

Heyhouses Junior School she wanted to give something back to the local community by creating a choir designed to be of a size that

would allow it to support other local organisations at local events.

In October 2012 she approached Sandra Powlesland a teacher at the School about her idea. Sandra is a trained singing teacher, and

fortunately she was also most enthusiastic, as was the School who offered their support and the use of the Infant School Hall for


At this stage all that was needed was some singers !

The parents and teachers at the Infant and Junior Schools were canvassed and the response was very positive, and so on the

11th November 2012 26 intrepid singers turned up for our first practice.

The initial enthusiasm was maintained, and after much consideration, in March 2013 we adopted a charitable constitution and

appointed the first Committee to run the Choir. We are currently not large enough to register with the Charity Commission but in

October 2013 we were formally accepted by HM Revenue & Customs as a charitable company.

On the musical front we were very fortunate when in September 2013 Pippa Kirk agreed to be our accompanist which has taken that

task away from Sandra and allowed us to look towards performing more challenging pieces.


The rest of the history awaits . . . . . . .

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