Children and youth choirs bring more singing to town

Conductor Sam Dunkley and Pocklington Arts Centre will be working with the new choirs.

Conductor Sam Dunkley and Pocklington Arts Centre will be working with the new choirs.

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Five years after establishing the ever-growing Forgotten Voices Community Choir, Pocklington Arts Centre and Sam Dunkley are collaborating again to bring more community singing to the town.

There are now two new choirs – Pocklington Children’s Choir and Pocklington Youth Choir – meeting alongside Forgotten Voices each Tuesday.

The Children’s Choir, open to children in school years three to six, will meet from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

The Youth Choir, for secondary school pupils and college students aged up to 18 will meet from 5.45pm to 7.15pm.

Forgotten Voices has a new rehearsal time of 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and is open to anyone who is over 18. There are no auditions for any of the choirs, and no experience is required.

Conductor Sam Dunkley said: “It is fantastic to bring more singing to Pocklington.

“In my time as community music coordinator at Woldgate College we had some great national recognition, not least taking the East Riding of Yorkshire Massed Choir to the Royal Albert Hall.

“It would be fantastic to think we can combine that success with the sustainability of Forgotten Voices, a real legacy of community singing for the town.’

Arts Centre manager Janet Farmer said: “We are very proud of Forgotten Voices’ achievements over the last five years and are excited at the prospect of launching two new choirs in 2016. Sam is a charismatic leader who ensures the sessions are both fun and inspirational. I would urge anyone interested to give it a try.”