Housing association forms choir
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A Bromsgrove-based housing association is set to regale its tenants with song after forming its own choir.
bdht's 12-strong 'No Skills ReChoired' group was formed after staff members were inspired by BBC Two’s 'The Choir', and picked up tips from the show’s choirmaster, Gareth Malone, on breathing and posture.
Since then the group, made up of 11 women and one man, have been tirelessly practicing their harmonies during their lunch breaks and took their colleagues by surprise by launching into their own rendition of the Keane and Lily Allen hit 'Somewhere Only We Know' during a staff meeting.
Marie Green, bdht's director of communities and one of the driving forces behind No Skills ReChoired, said: “Not long after forming we decided that, whilst we thought we sounded okay, we should probably be brave and get some ruthless feedback from our colleagues! So we braced ourselves and went for it.
“Everyone was really surprised and very positive which spurred us on to perform two songs at our recent staff conference.”
No Skills ReChoired is now planning to visit some of bdht's sheltered living schemes to perform various songs to the elderly residents.
Marie added: “Singing is such a fulfilling and positive experience so for staff to be involved is really inspiring and to be able to share this with our customers will be wonderful.
“We’re ready to hit the Bromsgrove highway and visit customers around the district who are keen to hear us perform. We hope they enjoy it as much as we do and we hope it helps to raise awareness of the very real need for affordable housing in our locality and the need for everyone to be paid a living wage to enable them to have housing choices.”