New members sought for Stratford choir

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 August 2016

Navreen Arles of Stratford Voices. Picture: Belinda Lawley

Navreen Arles of Stratford Voices. Picture: Belinda Lawley

Belinda Lawley

Love to sing? Then why not join an uplifting vocal choir specialising in rock, pop and musical mash-ups.

Stratford Voices will be performing so-called “guilty pleasures” every Tuesday from now until December 13 at Stratford Circus.

Choir leader Naveen Arles has 21 years’ experience leading community music groups for private and public performances.

The music maker and piano teacher says it is about “having fun” and no prior experience is necessary – just a love of music.

“The most important ingredient of all of these sessions is laughter,” he said.

“The choir is such a safe sharing space that any level of mistake or simple silliness generally results in laughing fits.”

Although the music is broadly upbeat, there’s a bit of everything from Glee numbers and country tunes to bursts of operatic pop such as Con te Partirò [Time to Say Goodbye], the song made famous by Andreas Bocelli.

Naveen also aims to increase people’s theoretical knowledge and expand their personal sense of musicianship.

“I hope we will build towards strong performances based around Stratford Circus and other London opportunities,” he said.

Singers must be 18 and over. Term fee: £100 or £50 conc. Email with your name and voice part to find out more.

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