Calling the Tuneless of Chesterfield

Tuneless Choirs are for those who LOVE singing but lack the ability, practice or confidence to do so.

The movement started in West Bridgford (Nottingham) in January 2016. Many people approached the founders Nadine Cooper and Bernie Bracha wanting to set up their own choir. They have seeded a wave of Tuneless Choirs across the nation which currently numbers 31.

Amanda Higginbotham (who loves singing but has a voice like a foghorn) got in touch with Nadine and Bernie after seeing them on BBC’s The One Show and launched a choir In Chesterfield with Music Teacher Karen Cook in January 2018.

Amanda and Karen have been amazed by the response: “we’re looking forward to our second birthday celebration in January 2020: since we launched on 31st January 2018 we have had over 200 people join us to sing an eclectic mix of popular songs in our fun community with no pressure or judgement. Songs we’re particularly tuneless at include ‘Memory’ and ‘Ive got you under my skin’, we certainly have a good laugh when we’re singing them!”

We’ve also given several public performances – something that most of us never imagined we’d ever have the confidence to do. Highlights from this year so far have been singing at the Bakewell Show and taking part in Barlow Carnival. A group of Chesterfield and South Sheffield tunelets were even brave enough to sing live on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show!

We try to raise money for charity when we can. The Tuneless Choir movement has supported MIND this year, but we like to support other charities as well. Several of our members are fundraisers for Ashgate Hospice so we’re really pleased to be able to support the Santa Fun Run. We like to think of ourselves as the Fun Runners of the singing world so its particularly appropriate for us to be singing for them!

Research shows that singing in groups brings physical, emotional and social benefits and so we believe everyone has a right to sing whatever their voice!  We sing purely for the pleasure of it – with no pressure to improve – and just aim for everyone to leave their Tuneless Choir session feeling uplifted!

Anyone interested in joining Chesterfield Tuneless Choir can just turn up to a meeting at Elder Yard Chapel, S40 1UR most Wednesday evenings 19.45-21.15  in Derbyshire School Term times or contact Amanda on 07598 517077 or chesterfield@tunelesschoir.com with any questions.

Amanda Higginbotham of Chesterfield Tuneless Choir can be reached on chesterfield@tunelesschoir.com  and 07598 517077.

Karen Cook of Chesterfield Tuneless Choir can be reached on karenschoirs@gmail.com

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