Monday, 29 October 2012

The Lamb Choir

photo by Kerry Potter
The Lamb Choir was formed in May this year and has already performed twice. They are currently working towards their Winter Performance which will be at The Lamb Inn on the 18th of December. As the choir is still relatively new, they would love for more people to join them and I caught up with singer Kerry Potter to find out more about the group.

KP: Our fearless choir leader is the lovely Stella Clifford. Stella has formed several semi a cappella groups in the past including Newhaven’s Haven Harmonies in Feb 2010. She then moved to Eastbourne and after discovering the Lamb Folk Club, she found that that was the perfect place to start her new choir and so The Lamb Choir was born. Stella is accompanied by Vladimir Miller who has performed in the Underground Theatre with his jazz quartet 'Notes From Underground. There are currently only two men singing with us so would love to add some more male voices to add some extra richness to the overall sound, however we're a friendly bunch so any new faces would receive a warm welcome.
photo by Kerry Potter


tE: What inspired you to get involved?
KP: I had been looking to join a choir for some time as I have a background in performing arts but had been off the scene due to health complications. I'd checked out other choirs but none really appealed to me, as I was looking for a more relaxed environment where you could be enthusiastic and sing popular songs in harmony with like-minded people. I fell on my feet with this choir because that is exactly the vibe you get from the others in the group. It’s more about the enjoyment than anything else.

tE: What kind of songs are you learning?
KP: We sing mainly popular songs in three or two part harmony, accompanied by Stella on guitar and Vlad on piano. We have quite a repertoire now with songs ranging from U2 's 'Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' to 'California Dreaming' by The Mammas and Papas which is my personal favourite! We also have a few fairly obscure songs such as 'Go To Sleep Little Baby' from the film 'O Brother Where Art Thou' and 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' which have a nice folky and somewhat bluesy feel. They sound great with all the added harmonies and are an interesting contrast to other well-known songs such as 'Daydream Believer' and ‘Hallelujah’.
photo by Kerry Potter

tE: What can potential members expect?
KP: A typical session starts with a vocal warm up for the first half hour after which we move to learning songs for our repertoire. We always have a short break half way through for some liquid refreshment! There is no need to be able to read music as songs are taught by ear but there is always sheet music available. The fee is £5 per session but we now pay termly. This can be paid in instalments and the first session is free!

The Lamb Inn, Tuesdays 19:00-21:00. £5 per session.
 For any enquiries, pop in to The Lamb Inn, Old Town on a Tuesday evening or contact Stella directly on 01273 567660 or 07967 438772.

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