Beccles Community Choir was founded by singer, vocal coach and community musician Stephen Amer.
The choir started life as a singing for wellbeing project run by Stephen on behalf of Suffolk Libraries. The aim was to make singing and music accessible and inclusive to anybody, whether experienced performers, somebody who has never sung before or someone lacking in self-confidence or self-esteem.
Meeting once a week for 6 weeks, the group were invited to perform the songs they had been practising at the Beccles Christmas Fayre to celebrate their progression and achievements. Having enjoyed the experience so much, this group of people who had gained confidence, formed friendships and built on their sense of community were sad to think they would no longer be joining together in song again…
…..and so ‘Beccles Community Choir’ was re-launched in February, 2011.
We welcome EVERYBODY – all ages and any abilities.
We use music to benefit our health in many ways, including to improve posture, learn breathing exercises for relaxation and energising techniques. We build our confidence and self-esteem and meet together to make friends. When we sing, we generate endorphins and strengthen neural pathways as well as create natural tranquilisers which help to diminish stress and pain hormones.
In 2012, our sister choir Bungay Community Choir started (www.Facebook.com/BungayChoir) and carries on our ethos – to be a small and friendly community; welcoming and fun. All the things we believe music should be.