New musical venture in Deepwater hits the right note

Christine Davis.

Christine Davis.

The Cool Choir of Deepwater has found its singing voice.

It’s held its first workshop at the Deepwater School of Arts Hall and coordinator Christine Davies said there was a good response.

“An enthusiastic group of 42 people of all ages and abilities were singing three-part harmonies in no time at all whilst having an enormous amount of fun as well.”

The choir was Christine’s idea. She recruited a bunch of friends to plan and help and they were then awarded a grant of $6,330 to go towards a professional conductor, Cathy Welsford, to come up regularly from Armidale.

“The choir is for people to have a connection”, Christine said at the outset, “and music is a great way to connect”.

The grant came through a state scheme called “Sing Your Age” which State Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, said was to “reduce negative perceptions of ageing, improve physical and mental health, and reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people”.

But the choir also involves younger people.“You don’t have to have an audition. You don’t have to be fabulous”, said Christine Davis.

The next sessions are on this coming Sunday and then on February 25, March 11 and April 15 with the choir beginning at 11 am (cost is $5 per person which includes a light lunch).

A ukulele group then meets in the afternoon, after lunch.

Cathy Welsford.

Cathy Welsford.