The choir was bursting with pride last week as they performed and recorded their first ever CD.
The choir who meet up weekly were given the opportunity to present their own rendition of the Michael Ball classic ‘Just when’, at the Blue Room studios in Bury.
Choir master David Owen Lewis said, “The singing group have worked their socks off to get this spot on, they sound great and very professional. It has been an utter joy working with the group, I’m not sure how they feel but I feel immensely proud of all of them.”
He went on to say: “The experience for them all to be in a recording studio has boosted everyone’s confidence; some of them can’t believe how great they sound, and after conquering that stage fright twinge they all feel like anything is possible.”
Gavin Bailey senior project worker explains how the CD opportunity came up, “Linda approached Michael Ball and asked him if we could record his song, and remarkably he said yes, with pleasure and told us when it was done let him hear it and then maybe we could go and perform on his show.”
He continued: “The song is really apt for the group the words are beautiful, and touch every member of the choir in some way. I think singing really helps boost your mood, it has helped our members feel more confident and has given them confidence to help tackle other things in their life, just because they have bonded as a group, they have helped each other over come any nerves, it has just been great to watch them grow as a group.”
Jackie has been a member of the singing group for two years “I have had Bi Polar for years, it has helped me so much, I love the sessions. When I first joined the group there were people who were seriously ill and part of their recovery has been the choir. You can see everyone grow and blossom. It is fascinating to watch.”
“I think the CD is great, it is just lovely. The group are just thinking wow, it is something they never dreamed they would do, the words of the song are amazing, they really fit with the idea of the charity, of people getting up from the depths and getting up and getting out there.”