by ANTONY CLAY
A CHOIR with a difference is marking its second decade with an exhibition and a film.
The Quirky Choir, based at The Point arts centre in Doncaster, meets every Wednesday during term time between 6.45pm and 8.45pm and has been going from strength to strength.
The group sings a huge variety of songs from around the world in all manner of venues across Doncaster and beyond.
Thanks to Arts Council funding, the choir’s special year has been spent creating a new repertoire of tunes in collaboration with artists and community groups.
Musicians Hayley Youell, Lucky Moyo, Luke Carver Goss and Bard of Barnsley poet Ian McMillan have joined the choir along with local groups Creative Directions, Swag Choir, Doncaster Conversation Club and Singing for Memory to write the new pieces that relate directly to the people involved.
Photographer James Mulkeen has been documenting the project, and filmmaker James Lockey has created a movie exploring the journey of Quirky Choir.
The film explores what singing with the choir means to its members.
The new exhibition Quirkus about the choir – which is free to visit – is being held at The Point on South Parade, Doncaster, until February 23.
Quirky Choir will round off their year of celebration with a concert at The Dome in Doncaster on Sunday, March 10, beginning at 7pm.
Janet Wood, who has led the Quirky Choir since it began, said: “We are a choir with a difference – there are no auditions and we are open to all.
“We believe that everyone can sing and that singing can have huge benefits for people’s health and wellbeing.
“This project has been a fantastic opportunity for us to really celebrate everything we have achieved over the past 20 years.
“We have had so much fun working with some amazing artists and groups and creating songs that are totally different to anything we have done before.”
Anyone interested in joining the choir can contact darts (Doncaster Community Arts) — which runs The Point — on 01302 341662.
Gallery opening times and visitor information can be found at https://www.thepoint.org.uk/visit/.
If you want to find out more about The Point, a recent Chase article on the popular venue can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y9trv5yr on the Rotherham Advertiser website.