A truly wholesome experience
This is something completely different than usual. I’ve reviewed all different types of genres and artists. But this is a new one. This week I took a look at the wonderful and wholesome Weymouth Park Community Choir.
The community choir is made up of a variety of older ladies and gentlemen, who get together during the week and practice some songs together. I love the way how the members of the group are all brought together by music. It’s not unusual for older folks to become a bit lonely and lose that much desired social interaction once they retire, so it’s incredibly wholesome that once again music has brought together (possibly) a group of strangers and has given them a platform to connect with others and have something to look forward to.
The choir entered into the recent Closets Got Talent competition and made it all the way to the final, which is incredible! I’ve actually had the pleasure to watch the choir perform two songs recently. The Sound Of Silence & YMCA which was really great to see. Conducted by Antix’ own, Trudy Baddam, this is different than your average choir. These guys are great fun to both watch, and listen too. In the case of their YMCA cover, members towards the back have the letters of the song printed on the folders they use to follow their lyrics. Once the chorus kicks in, each member holds up their designated letter in time to the song, which is something truly enjoyable to watch.
The awesome choir have recently teamed up with fellow finalist, Patrick Clark, to record a cover of “Blueberry Hill” made famous by Fats Domino. The song itself is a 1950’s rock and roll hit, and before I did some research on what era the song itself was published, I instantly felt like I was transported back in time to that generation which is a testament to Patrick’s incredible playing. Also really awesome to see two different generations of people coming together over their love of music.
I think other communities should look at the Weymouth Park Community Choir as an example. This is a great way of bringing people together, and after all, that’s what community is all about. They’re still an old school choir, but they’re not afraid to do some things slightly different than a conventional choir like adding the fun and comedy to their YMCA cover. I can definitely see them connecting with a wider and younger audience by continuing these quirky actions . The choir actually won the public vote a few times during the Closest Got Talent contest, so they’re already winning over some new fans!
Great work guys, it’s lovely to see and hear you all enjoying yourselves. I look forward to our next meeting!
Written by Jack Saunders
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network