Story and photo by Ruby Munson-Hirst
Burngreave based mental health charity, SAGE, run a women’s community singing group ‘Singing Through the Seasons’ every Monday (term time) between 12.30- 2.30pm, at The Welcome Centre, Nottingham St.
As I write, the choir are five days away from their first public performance at Sheffield Cathedral, “Sing Away the Blues”. The concert will celebrate the power of singing and the positive impact it has on mental health.
The choir will be joined by three other Sheffield based community choirs (Body of Sound, Carfield Community Choir and Purple Cats Community Choir) for an evening of acapella performance from 120 singing voices.
During a rehearsal at the Cathedral on 22nd January, one member of the choir said she always feels ‘warm and welcomed’ at the group since she joined eleven months ago. Members of the public stopped to listen to the rehearsal with one person commenting how “professional” the group sounded.
During the rehearsal, the women gathered in the Cathedral’s nave to practise a variety of songs and to get used to the lofty surroundings of the Cathedral space. On the night of concert, the Cathedral expects to welcome over 500 guests at what is set to be an exceptional event. A particularly moving moment during the rehearsal was hearing the women sing a song with the line “we shall overcome someday”, which mirrored the group’s bravery and shared sense of determination.
The choir meets weekly at the Welcome Centre in Burngreave and are guided through the session by a singing tutor and support worker. Please call Louisa Bruce or Helen Walsh on 0114 273 7718 or email enquiries@sagesheffield. org.uk if you’d like to register your interest in attending the group. To learn more about the Sing Away The Blues concert, visit: http://tiny.cc/SingAwayBlues
SAGE are delighted to be giving away three pairs of free tickets to the Sing Away the Blues concert. For your chance to win a pair of tickets, simply follow SAGE on social media (@SAGE_Sheffield or SAGE_greenfingers) and comment ‘Win tickets #BurngreaveMessenger’ – the winners will be contacted directly.