A musical theatre choir for adults in Marlborough will start in January. Rachel Lynes, who spent ten years performing lead roles in London’s West End, and is now a singing coach will run the choir. Rachel is looking for enthusiastic singers to join. She said the choir is open to keen singers who love musical theatre and who want the chance to work with a professional voice coach whilst enjoying “belting out showtunes”.
“The singers will learn to get the most from their voice. We will cover breathing, resonance, posture and range and we are looking for people who are really enthusiastic about musical theatre,” Rachel said.
“Singing is so good for mental health, we all benefit from singing and from the social aspect of singing together. People have told me singing is the best part of their week, and that it relieves stress. I know what joy singing can bring and I want to enable as many people as possible to experience that joy.”
Launch day will be on January 17 at Marlborough College, and the choir will meet weekly for 90 minutes, with a view to a potential London performance in the summer.
Rachel is vocal coach to many of our best known West End stars, and founder of The Sing Space, connecting singers with opportunities like this new choir.
“Through The Sing Space we help everyone from Olivier Award winning West End performers to very nervous beginners, so there is something for everybody,” said Rachel.
“Although we are a global community, I wanted to bring The Sing Space to my local area, as well as relaunching our London branch.”
Numbers for the Marlborough choir will be limited, to ensure distance can be retained as a Covid precaution. The termly fee is £115, and there are scholarships available.
Rachel added: “We have chosen the venue at Marlborough College because it is large and well-ventilated, so we can keep people as safe as possible. Each session will also be live-streamed, so anyone who can’t make a session in person can still join in, from our private members group which will contain all music and lyrics.”
During the first term, the choir will learn hits ranging from ‘Chicago’ to Carole King. At the end of each 90-minute session, there will be some free time to take ‘showtune’ requests that people can sing together.