Your chance to sing for the soul

A Burnley women’s choir is looking for new members as it celebrates its first birthday.

Singing for the Soul, a group for women of all faiths and none, has gone from strength to strength since it launched in March last year.

Singing for the Soul choir is looking for new members (s)

Singing for the Soul choir is looking for new members (s)

On Saturday it will hold an open day between 10am and 1pm at the Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre in Barden Lane. Women are encouraged to take food for a shared lunch.”

The idea came from a group of women who went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Choir member Bea Foster said: “They had a choir there who sang songs to help them deal with the situation they were in. So, in solidarity with them, we said that when we came back to Burnley we would start a choir and sing songs in different traditions.”

And they have done just that. Singing for the Soul now has around 40 members with more than 20 turning up to sing at any one time. The choir has performed at Blackburn Cathedral and on popular BBC show “Songs of Praise.”

Bea added: “In a year we’ve hit the heights really. Now what we’re trying to do is open it up. We don’t want to be a closed choir.

“The choir is about fun and friendship. Singing is really good for your health and wellbeing. The songs we sing are about peace, reconciliation and friendship. It’s possible for people to get along together, whatever their faith.”

For more information about the choir contact Janet Swan on 01282 414287 or Bea Foster on 07875517043.