Watford One Voice Community Choir’s search for new leader

A community choir hopes to raise the roof once again, as soon as a new musical director can be found.

The Watford One Voice Community Choir, spearheaded by Mayor Dorothy Thornhill, was formed more than two years ago.

More than 40 members rehearse once a week at the Clarendon Muse, in Rickmansworth Road, and have previously performed for Help the Aged, the Watford Blind Centre and at the Harrow Arts Centre.

They also sang at the Christmas Carol Service held at St Mary’s Church, in High Street.

But committee chairman Patrick McGinn said the choir could be forced to close if it doesn’t find a new leader within the next few months.

“If we folded, it would be pretty disappointing for a lot of people,” he said.

“We could keep going in the current format for a short period but we wouldn’t be able to encourage new members without a leader or do any performances. As a community choir we feel the need to go out and sing for the community.”

Patrick added that singing was something “I always wanted to do”.

“I hadn’t sang since I left school but it was something I thought I wanted to be able to join in with and have a sing-song.

“You just get a sense of camaraderie and well-being, and being able to sing as a team.”

Members of the choir, a mixture of men and women, are aged 16 upwards, although more men are wanted to take part.

And committee member Andrea Magill, from Kensington Gardens, said it gave them all a “feel-good factor”.

“We don’t interview anybody or ask anybody to come and audition,” she said.

“It’s about getting together and having a good old sing song. It’s something that doesn’t cost a lot of money and a lot of people get a lot of enjoyment out of it.”

For more information about the choir or the musical director position, telephone Patrick McGinn on 01923 248494 or email patrickmcginn@talktalk.net.

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