Whitley Women Community Choir is led by Gilly Love, an experienced singing leader who has led several community choirs around Tyneside in the last 10 years.
Whitley Women Community Choir is for all women over 16 and our membership spans a very wide age range. There are no auditions and no experience is necessary, but experience is good too! We have a mix of working, retired, homebased and unemployed members, all of whom have made good friends at the choir. Although some of us have had experience of other choirs, many more have not sung for years, often since they were in school. We use printed music for much of our repertoire, but it is not necessary to be able to read music. The main requirement is to use a pencil! That way, you can remind yourself which part you sing and jot down any extra details e.g. speed, when to be loud or quiet, when to breathe and where to be careful about pronunciation.
- from 10:30a.m. till 12:00.
- from 2p.m. till 3:30p.m.
- from 7:30 - 9:00pm
At present, we have a limit of 50 people per group, with singers choosing their preferred time in advance. Spaces are still available for the afternoon session. You can download our 'Welcome Pack' for more details.
In addition to our weekly sessions and performance events, we also run special workshops, social get-togethers with other choirs and run a residential weekend which enables us to get to know each other better and to extend our repertoire, with visiting leaders supplementing Gilly. Look at Past Events or Recent Activities to see how busy we have been.
Photo: Gilly Love Director of Music
We are fully insured and have first aiders available at every session.
Membership Secretary Pat Reed
Pastoral Care and Secretary Andrea Rudd
Treasurer Maureen Murphy
Press and Marketing: Val Laverty
Website: Margaret Aitchison
Wednesday - coordinators: Jean Brown
music/raffles: Tracy Gourley
Thursday - coordinators: Coleen Petrie, Marjorie Webb
Feedback from our members shows that they relish the singing, the leadership and the friendship they share. They regard it as “their” choir and are proud of what they have achieved.
“I waited years to find an accessible choir and to build up the confidence to join”
"I love the range of voices, the relaxed atmosphere and Gilly’s style.”
“There’s a good balance of seriousness and fun”
“the whole session is brilliant
“It lifts my depression and gives me a reason to learn my part”
"I wanted a community choir that is well-led, well organised and has a variety of opportunities to sing”
“I’ve improved my singing” "
"I’ve learnt a little about theory”
“I’m better at reading and following written music”
“I’m happier and healthier”
“I’ve gained new skills, and made many new friends”
“I have a real sense of achievement and like being able to boast a little about it”
“It’s improved my memory – or at least satisfied myself that it’s not as bad as I thought it was!”