bdht working in harmony
Published by gough for Gough Bailey Wright in Housing and also in Communities
bdht's new choir
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, is working in harmony, stretching its vocal chords and bringing music to staff and customers’ ears after forming its first choir – No Skills ReChoired.
The talented 12-strong group was formed after staff members were inspired by BBC Two’s The Choir, picking up tips from the TV show’s choirmaster, Gareth Malone, on breathing and posture before taking the plunge to form their own singing group.
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 Lilly Allen hit, Somewhere Only We Know, during a staff meeting.
Marie Green, Director of Communities at bdht and one of the driving forces behind No Skills ReChoired, explains: “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 its sheltered living schemes to perform various songs to the elderly residents. Marie says: “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.”
For further information, or if you would like to hear No Skills ReChoired perform, call Marie Green on 01527 557513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org