Villages in tune

Coun Brian Wilson pictured taking part in the singing event at St Godrics school Thornley.
Coun Brian Wilson pictured taking part in the singing event at St Godrics school Thornley.

A COUNCILLOR is hoping to bring some harmony to two villages by urging people to join in a community singalong.

Coun Brian Wilson is hoping to strike a chord with locals by having their voices heard and getting them to join forces for a community choir-style initiative.

For the past two years, the Durham Independent Group councillor has used the majority of his East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) funding to plough money into schools.

In conjunction with The Forge, an education centre in Stanley, County Durham, he has helped the Thornley, St Godric’s and Wheatley Hill primary schools develop their school choirs and put on concerts.

This year, the three schools are joining together to make one choir involving 120 children – and Coun Wilson wants the rest of the community to join in.

Coun Wilson – the namesake of another musical maestro, Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame, whose hits include Good Vibrations – said: “The people of Thornley are usually very reticent about joining things – trying to get adults to join in is really hard.

“But this could really bring some community spirit.”

He is helping to organise a Community Singalong which will be held at Thornley Catholic Club, in The Villas, Thornley, from 6pm on Thursday, May 10.

Coun Wilson said: “We are taking some children from the choir along and I’m hoping people, including women who usually sing at the local karaoke nights, will come along.

“If you get just one from each club in Thornley and Wheatley Hill, hopefully we can get ourselves a nice choir, they don’t have to have experience.

“If this takes off, it would be an ongoing thing.”

Coun Wilson has previously ploughed £12,000 of his yearly £25,000 AAP budget into the choir scheme.

He plans for the choir to be involved in the next BRASS: Durham International Festival, as well as singing at other venues.

The councillor has previously paid for professional singer Katie Doherty to work with the choirs and they have written their own tunes and lyrics.

For more information about the singalong, call Coun Wilson on (01429) 820997.