What stops a person coming to sing? What stops men from taking the plunge? Well, I am told it is because many think they simply cannot sing. Which is rubbish of course. But having the confidence to sing with others is difficult if you have never tried it. Walking into a room full of people you know is also tricky. Especially if you think it is a room mostly made up of confident female singers. Which it rarely is.
Ironically, singing in a group is easier than singing alone. A group of voice is like a rainbow. You need every colour and every shade for it to be beautiful. Don’t believe me? Our Meet the Choir page tells you about other people’s experiences and that might just help you overcome those nerves, step through the doors and make some new friends into the bargain.
I joined La La in September 2021, pulled there by my wife, as I was a complete novice. I can’t read music, never sung in a choir but have enjoyed singing amongst friends.
The family, that is La La, and Sam’s (awesome choir leader) style made me feel very welcome from the start. After a just a few weeks I was singing a Christmas concert in Exeter Cathedral. I couldn’t believe I ever had the ability or confidence to sing in front of 400 people (including family and friends) and here I was. Amazing.
Free regular additional workshops have added skills I didn’t know I needed and just can’t wait to see what Sam’s leadership will enable me to achieve. A summary would be, a nervous wreck to an exhilarated singer with a fabulous group of people, in just a few months. Wow.
This is my third year as a member of the Exmouth bass “chapter” of La La. I’ve found singing with the choir to be both enjoyable and challenging – a winning combination. Apart from making some good friends with other choir members (both ladies & gentlemen), it’s been an opportunity to sing in public – a real boost to confidence.
Hats off to Sam for all her hard work & dedication, particularly keeping La La going during the wilderness years of the pandemic.
I joined La La almost immediately after I retired as my wife, Jocelyn (Alto), seemed to be having way too much fun every Monday evening and I had to see what was going on. After just a few weeks I had already settled in and was having a blast with the rest of “The Boys”. The ladies in the other sections are great and seem to put up with all of our mischief while we tune in to the new songs. I have never laughed so much each and every week, its the best two hours of the week, you should really come along and try it.
I loved singing in the shower (who doesn’t!). I had wanted to join a choir for ages but had a few requirements of any choir:
– Would accept people who cannot read music (I cannot)
– Not too formal/stuffy (I wanted it to be fun)
– Covered a wide variety of music.
Someone mentioned La La Choirs who met in Ottery St Mary. I went along and felt at home straight away. That was 4 years ago and I am still loving it.
I have made some great friends in the choir. It’s a real tonic to sing with other like minded guys (and have a laugh). Outside of choir “the boys” also meet socially.