‘More to it than just the singing’

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MUSICAL mums could be one step away from an award.

The 29-strong Mum’s The Word choir in Hartlepool was only formed 17 months ago but it is proving a hit all over the North East.

Its members have performed at an Olympic torch ceremony, in front of top sportswoman Sharon Davies, at Hartlepool’s Music and Arts Festival and at numerous charity nights.

And all this started when a group of mums decided they wanted something to do while they were waiting for their children to complete classes at the Kate Sirs School of Music in York Road.

Administrator Jayne Brown said: “The choir is made up of ladies of all ages, relationships and jobs.

“We all love what we do and have become truly great friends. Most of us are mums – some are grandmothers as well and some are mother/daughter combos.

“Throughout 2013 we hope to continue support local causes and charities, but most of all continue enjoying our love of music together.”

Choir member Glynn Berry has nominated Mum’s The Word for a Pride of Hartlepool award.

She said: “Mum’s The Word is more than a choir and I should know having been in it since October 2011.

“It originally began so that mums of children in the Encore group on a Sunday could go along and sing too.

“Led by Kate Sirs, the choir has taken not only tentative steps into the world of group choral work but into the world of fundraising and community support.

“Since the choir began, we have raised money for various charities - mostly for the town of Hartlepool but also for the surrounding areas and also for national needs too. We have shown that Hartlepool has a wealth of talent and experience by winning choir categories in both the Hartlepool Music and Arts Festival and also in the Stockton Music and Arts Festival.” But Glynn added: “What makes our choir special is that it isn’t just about the singing. It’s the friendships and the support that has arisen from this.

“We have become like an extended family - we help each other out and we are led by a lady who is just a fantastic and committed teacher.

“To see Kate Sirs work with adults and children is magical and we are proud to be led by her and proud of each other.”