Contributed by: By Irena Flego, Richmond Social Network
This amazing collective was formed about two years ago at the hands of a few musical enthusiasts and staff at Richmond Social Network (formerly known as Richmond Life Skills). It all started with an idea to develop a project which would engage group participants’ creative musical interests, while connecting them to local community in new and interesting ways. Music and singing came up as a common interest and the keyboard was purchased through a generous donation from a parent. The choir members began meeting every Thursday afternoon for rehearsals and slowly grew from just a few members to local attraction. Word of mouth spread and we accepted quite a few people who didn’t even attend our program but heard of it from their friends and families.
At the moment, the choir consists of close to 15 regular members, along with a pianist, guitarist and drummer. We are lucky that all these enthusiastic and talented folks are devoting their time to this choir. Our involvement with community for the past two years included a number of public performances. The choir performed at several senior homes during the holiday season, as well as at the posAbilities Annual Picnic and Richmond Community Fun Fair last summer. We successfully started a series of monthly Sing-A-Longs at the Pinegrove Place Senior Centre, which will hopefully develop into a lasting bond between our choir members and participating seniors. The choir is dedicated to improving and showcasing our musical skills, networking with the local and wider community, and above all, enjoying the whole process.
We welcome enthusiastic people who play instruments, have experience singing or simply enjoy singing to come and join us! For more information on how to audition, please contact Richmond Social Network at: 604-275-0961.