Felixstowe Community Choir, launched in October 2012, always knew that their meeting place, in the  Spa Pavilion lounge, was only available until the theatre closed.

After their successful first performance to around eighty friends and family the choir (which has about 50 members), are now having a Christmas/New Year break but will be singing again on Monday evenings from 7th January 2013.

Singing pop and songs from musicals, the mixed adult choir will now meet in the Library at The Orwell Hotel and new members are welcome. 

Singers (men and women aged over 18) pay £4 on the door each week and don’t have to buy sheet music or be able to read music, as the words of the songs are provided. Many of the choir have never sung in a choir before.

Rachel Sloane, the founder of the choir, is excited about the new venue,

"The team at the Spa Pavilion made us very welcome and we are sad it is closing but very pleased that we have found a new home at the Orwell Hotel… and have the use of their grand piano. We always said we wanted to meet somewhere that had a bar so that those who wanted could have a glass of wine or a pint of beer as they sung!"

Musician Emily Bennett, is the pianist and conductor,

"I'm very pleased that the choir is continuing, we're all having such a lovely time! It's been wonderful to be part of a group gaining the confidence to sing, and they sing well! It's a shame to be leaving the Spa, but I'm sure the Orwell will provide us with a lovely new space to sing in."

Anyone who is interested in Felixstowe Community Choir should come to the Orwell Hotel on Monday 7 January 2013. Bar opens at 7pm, singing is from 7.30-9.30pm.  The cost is £4 per person, pay on the door.  A raffle is also held each week.


Notes for editor:

Emily Bennett is a local singer, musician and actor. She trained at University College Suffolk, and Guildford School of Acting. 

As a recording artist Emily has worked with some of the top bands in Israel, as well as recording a CD of children's songs whilst based in the country.

Back in the UK, Emily has performed locally in concerts for 'Music in Felixstowe', and plays regularly with the Ipswich based band 'Jackknife Horsebox'. She also coaches a choir for adults in Stowmarket.

Rachel Sloane is a freelance writer, broadcaster and conference facilitator with her own Felixstowe based media production and training company. Although she has been in am-dram groups in the past, Rachel hasn't sung in a choir since she was at school in Ipswich but loves singing along with the radio and CDs of show tunes.