11:58 am September 13, 2022
Dollis Hill woman sets up Brent Tuneless Choir so she can “sing like no one’s listening”.
Carol Murphy is looking for someone who is musical and “extremely tolerant” to lead the group.
Having heard of “voiceless choirs” before the pandemic, Carol, who has visited Maidenhead and Vauxhall Tuneless Choirs, said she believed it was exactly what was needed amid the cost of living crisis.
“I want to do something that brings joy,” she said.
“I love my day job as a senior education executive, but it can be tough.
“Kids are great, but the financial climate means my day job often means I say ‘no’ to people.
“Tuneless will be the thing that puts a smile on my face and hopefully provides a positive experience for everyone who attends.
“I’m happy to go all the way, but I won’t be able to stand in front and direct people during warm-ups or get them on time.”
Carol said that as a young child she thought she could sing and took every opportunity to do so. She said it wasn’t until she was a bit older that people, especially her mother, straightened her out.
Research has shown that singing can benefit health, and mental health in particular.
“Singing in a group is even better than singing alone, so I really want to do that,” Carol said. “I just need to find someone musical to help me. I have already found a great room at St Catherine’s Church in Neasden, and I can use it fortnightly on Thursday evenings.
“I am told that being an airless choirmaster is extremely rewarding for those who want to share their passion for singing with those who can’t sing but really want to. It’s about being able to lead the choir in a variety of warm-ups and popular songs – everything from musical numbers to Queen to Madness.
“We will mainly sing in unison, and there is no teaching as such – we just sing for fun, not to improve.”
Anyone interested in conducting the Brent Tuneless Choir should email Carol at email@example.com and visit www.tunelesschoir.com/londonbrent for registration and information.