Musical mums on song for charity

HARTLEPOOL’S newest all-female choir is on song to be a huge success.

Mum’s The Word is a 29-strong choir taking the town and surrounding area by storm.

The tuneful group hopes to give the likes of the chart-topping Military Wives choir a run for their money, having performed at a string of local venues and events.

The group, which is based at the Stranton Centre, in Southburn Terrace, was set up in September last year as something to do for women whose children attend the Encore Stage School, which also meets at the centre, as well as youngsters who attend the Kate Sirs School of Music.

Kate Sirs suggested putting together the women’s group while mums were waiting around for their youngsters.

Word spread about the new ladies’ choir, and others quickly joined.

The group’s administrator and social secretary Jayne Brown said: “We have done really well, in April we won the heats of the Hartlepool Music and Arts Festival in the choir section, which I have to say was a massive shock for us and then we won the final in July.

“It was the first year we had entered, and to win was amazing.

“We only went in for the experience and we were over the moon.”

The group, which is accompanied by Kate, has also performed at various charity gigs at The Studio, as well as at Seaton Carew last month for the Guide Dogs for the Blind sponsored dog walk and funday.

The women also sang at Peterlee’s Dene Community School to mark the Olympic torch coming to East Durham.

Jayne said one of the group’s signature tunes is The Rose by Bette Midler, and the response when they first performed the song confirmed to them that they were going to be popular.

Mum’s The Word also perform contemporary hits like Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies, as well as Tina Turner’s Proud Mary.

The women range in age from their mid-30s to 60s and they come from all walks of life, with some working for Hartlepool Borough Council, as well as Hartlepool College of Further Education and the NHS and other professions.

Jayne added: “We are all totally new to singing and there is no audition needed to join the choir.

“We all share enthusiasm and are all like-minded people who just want to come and have a nice Sunday morning and get on really well.

“It’s a good group of girls.”

Future events include providing support for popular band The Standards at The Studio on October 20 and a Christmas concert on December 15.

They are also waiting for confirmation that they will be performing at Stockton Music Festival in November.

The group meets at The Stranton Centre from 10.30am-12.30am on Sundays, and for more information about the group email mumstheword51@yahoo.com or calling (01429) 232952 or 07534 137884.

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