History of the Choir

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

at Heyhouses Junior School she wanted to continue to contribute to the local community by creating a choir designed to be of a

size that would enable it to support other local organisations at their 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 rehearsing. 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 so positive so the first practice

was held on the 11th November 2012 when some 30 intrepid singers turned up for our first meeting. The initial enthusiasm was maintained, and so after much consideration, in March 2013 we adopted a Charitable Constitution and

appointed the Committee who currently run the Choir. We are 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 regular 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 . . . . . . .