Men to sing their hearts out for mental health

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 July 2018

Men's Voices United meet for their first rehearsal. Picture: Martyn Voyle

Men's Voices United meet for their first rehearsal. Picture: Martyn Voyle

Martyn Voyle

A Welwyn Garden City men’s choir wants more voices to join its pop-up project for mental health.

The Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir is calling for men to join them in a charity concert at the Old Palace at Hatfield House later this year.

The choir, to be called Men’s Voices United, plans to sing in support of three mental health charities, including two local ones: Mind in Mid Herts, Just One Click Away (JOCA) and SANE.

“We’re looking for men who may not have sung outside the car or bathroom since their school days,” said organiser Hugh Smith.

“Singing with other people is great fun, and no experience is needed.”

Organisers are keen to point out the social and personal benefits of getting together with others for a singalong.

“I’ve been singing in choirs, and in parties and pubs for many years,” said Martyn Voyle, chair of the Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir.

“It creates a great feeling and brings a huge amount of personal enjoyment.”

The eleven weeks of rehearsals, on Wednesday evenings, will culminate with a concert on October 10, World Mental Health Day.

“We’re very grateful to the Marquess of Salisbury for making Hatfield House available for this concert,” said Hugh.

“And joining Men’s Voices United is a great way to raise funds for mental health.”

Already, over 40 prospective singers have shown an interest in response to the choir’s posters and advertisements.

Rehearsals began last night (July 18) and are led by experienced vocal coach Juliet Arthur along with the Male Voice Choir’s musical director.

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