COLCHESTER CANCER CHOIR
A super friendly group, for cancer fighters and survivors, having fun singing whilst supporting each other.
Check out our radio interview on BBC Essex below
Colchester Cancer Choir was founded and launched in April 2019 by Shirley Maudling. Part of her work with the committee for the Cancer Research UK Relay For Life Colchester was finding a choir to sing... then the brain wave came to initiate one of her own!
Mother-of-three and grandmother-of-nine Shirley was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2017. She had two different types of cancer on each side - one triple negative and the other oestrogen positive. After a gruelling treatment regime including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy she managed to beat the condition. She has since dedicated her time to helping support others who are starting out on their journeys with the disease.
She hopes the choir will also act as a support group where members can make new friends and discuss their experiences of the condition and give performances to raise funds for chairties in need
With passions for collective vocal harmonies the aim is to have fun, whilst helping and supporting each other through a mutual understanding of a cancer diagnosis and the after effects of treatment. Singing is so good for your mental health and well-being and the confidence that comes from singing and performing together can really help to rebuild lost self esteem. We're not a conventional choir because each and every one of us has had some form of cancer, some are finished treatment some still having some, whatever stage you are at you are welcome to join us, as well as singing we are a fantastic support network to each other .
“As awful as having cancer is, without it I wouldn’t have met these wonderful people and I am so grateful to have them in my corner.”
“We are having a great time getting together singing and I would like it to go from strength to strength and become a permanent organisation raising awareness and being a feel good factor to the choir members and the public."
“Being a member of this choir has had such a positive impact on my emotional well-being. “I struggle with post cancer anxiety but being part of something so positive after going through such a challenging time has really helped me.
“I look at the choir as an extended support group too.
“I can’t sing for toffee but it’s so much fun having a go."
“I’ve always wanted to be in a choir so being in one for people who have had cancer or are going through it has so much more meaning."
Old Bourchiers Hall,
You don't need to have any experience, just an enjoyment of singing and music. We teach by ear and you'll be amazed by how quick results are achieved. You don't need to be a singer at all, and no-one is listening to individual voices.
We don't use music notation or terminology, so there is no need to read music... easy!
Performing within the gigs is such a buzz, often members say they didn't have any intention of performing when they joined, but are now belting out at every gig. Again... there is no pressure.
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