With upcoming performances at the Mayor’s Civic Award Ceremony and the South-West Choir Convention, Macapello, Melksham’s own community choir, continues to go from strength to strength – and say there’s still room for plenty more singers!
Dave King said, “We often hear “I hadn’t sung for years, and thought I couldn’t sing – but I came along to Macapello, and was made really welcome.”
Choir member Mary said, “The choir gently introduced me to the wonders and joys of singing with other people.
Dave continued, “Even if the only place you’ve sung recently is in the shower, there’s a place for you in Macapello: it’s a community choir, meaning there are no auditions, no learning from music – everything is taught by ear! – all ages and abilities are welcome, and the emphasis is very much on fun and fulfilment – you’ll be made very welcome.
“No previous singing experience is necessary and songs are easy to learn and before long you’ll be singing in glorious four-part harmony – really uplifting, and tremendously good for you!
“Meeting every Wednesday evening in termtime at Aloeric School, Macapello, formed in Melksham in 2012, sings a wide repertoire of unaccompanied (acappella) songs from all round the world including pop, jazz, classical and gospel, under the experienced guidance of choirleaders Dave and Liza. The choir has come a long way since 2012 and makes a really good sound!
“Macapello give three or four performances every year, raising money for charity, singing for the residents of local care homes, giving carol concerts and singing at public functions. A highlight for Macapello is the upcoming annual Choir Convention where dozens of community choirs from all over the South West come together in Bristol for a Big Sing, sharing songs, performing to each other and all singing together in the wonderful acoustic of St. George’s, Brandon Hill.
“Macapello is Melksham’s representative, although it’s not a competition but a true celebration of community singing.”
“We in Macapello love it – it’s a great day out, meeting other choirs, being part of a huge sound, discovering wonderful songs and showing what our Melksham choir can do. Singing in harmony with other people is a fabulous buzz,” says choirleader Dave. “Last year we featured the men in Macapello – many men are reluctant to sing but once they get involved with a choir like Macapello, it can be really fun and empowering. Our guys were amazing on the big stage!”
If you’re interested in singing with Macapello, find out more from Dave by emailing dave.sound email@example.com or texting 07849 060243, go to Macapello’s website at www.macapello.co.uk or just come along to Macapello’s next session on Wednesday April 18th at 7.30pm in Aloeric School – your first session is free!