The choir was formed following a chance meeting between Albie Drillot, one of Guernsey Mind’s Mental Health Champions and one of the charity’s community project workers. Albie spoke about his vision to form a group of singers and within a week it had become a reality.
Guernsey Mind’s Jill Chadwick and Jo Cottell got behind the idea and musical director Glenn Drake completed the early line up which took the choir to where it is today. Word went out and Hope Singers found their first home at Bordeaux Mission.
There were only eight choir members back in September 2015 but it soon outgrew the Mission and moved to their current HQ at the Gateway Club on the Oberlands Site at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.
The choir is now accompanied by pianist Allan Skirrow who works alongside new conductor Julia Jeager, a music teacher, who is helping keep the choir momentum going with ongoing new music and enthusiasm.
The choir aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and is made up of service users, health professionals, carers or those who simply enjoy singing and meeting friends in a relaxed and ‘supportive ‘community.
Hope Singers have performed at concerts at St James, Spurgeon Church, The Muratti and Rugby finals, fetes and community health shows and events. They were also a popular addition to the KPMG Castle Nights in 2017 and 2018. They were recently honoured to be invited to sing at the 'Gig for Ged' at Beau Sejour. Click below to see a short excerpt...
Practices are held every Tuesday evening at 6.30pm at The Gateway Club, with a break for tea/coffee and a biscuit half way through.
Members are provided with a folder, music and a branded polo shirt to be worn at public events.
Weekly subs of £1 are optional but all money given goes towards the choirs expenses.
All new members are required to fill out a joining membership form for contact details etc.
Members must be aged 18 and over.
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