Pop-up men’s choir ready to wow audiences in Hatfield charity concert

PUBLISHED: 16:02 23 September 2018

Men's Voices United ready to sing. Picture: supplied

Men's Voices United ready to sing. Picture: supplied

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Going from rookie singers to confident performers, a pop-up men’s choir is tuning up to sing in aid of mental health charities at Hatfield House.

The choir first got together in July, when some singers had very little experience. Picture: suppliedThe choir first got together in July, when some singers had very little experience. Picture: supplied

Back in July, a group of nervous-looking men filed into a church hall in Welwyn Garden City to try out for a pop-up charity choir – Men’s Voices United (MVU).

Now, just 10 weeks later, the men of MVU are confident performers.

The choir, set up to raise funds for mental health charities, will perform for one evening only at Hatfield House alongside one of their sponsors, the Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir.

Both choirs will perform at 7.30 on October 10, to mark World Mental Health Day, with funds going to Mind in mid Herts, Sane, and JOCA.

The choir will sing in aid of three different mental health charities. Picture: suppliedThe choir will sing in aid of three different mental health charities. Picture: supplied

The singers will perform selections from their own repertoires, including several new songs, and will also join together for a few numbers.

They’ll be supported by accomplished local soprano Lucy Black. “It promises to be a sparkling evening,” said Hugh Smith, who is in charge of preparations.

Most members of MVU had never sung in an adult choir before, but have been surprised, both by their hidden talents, and by how enjoyable the process has been.

Tom, who joined with his dad, said he was really nervous at first. “I haven’t done anything like this since I was in primary school.

The pop-up choir will sing alongside Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir. Picture: suppliedThe pop-up choir will sing alongside Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir. Picture: supplied

“However, after a while I relaxed and got in to it.

“Fast forward a few weeks and I’m really enjoying the experience and I’m really looking forward to the concert - something I never thought would happen.”

Riaz had never sung in a choir before, but recommends it to anyone with an ear for a tune and the desire to smile. “From the moment I walked into the rehearsal hall, I was greeted by a friendly and welcoming group from the Welwyn choir.

“The time whizzed by and I cycled back with a smile on my face, even humming some of the tunes!”

Mike said: “Singing with others is such a rewarding and enjoyable experience, with the added bonus, in this case, of raising money for some really important mental health charities.”

As well as thanking Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir, Hugh said that MVU was also grateful for sponsorship from solicitors HRJ Foreman Laws and funeral directors JJ Burgess.

Tickets cost £20 for adults and £10 for children, and can be bought from www.mensvoicesunited.com.

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