THE BIG HEART AND SOUL CHOIR
Castle Acre's Community Choir
The Big Heart & Soul Choir was established in 1997 rehearsing all this time in the great singing acoustic of
Castle Acre Village Hall in Norfolk England.
Singers consist of a friendly core group of founder members along with many others who continue to join,
so that the group generally numbers around forty to fifty people from around the West Norfolk area,
all singing for the pleasure it brings.
The choir usually gives two concerts a year, one just before Christmas and one before the summer.
Current Musical Director Linda Roast has been leading the choir since 2017 and teaches the Autumn and Winter terms, while guest Musical Director Jane Wells, who has been involved with the choir for 13 years, now teaches from around Easter when both join forces for the summer concert. Both bring much to the choir: teaching, rehearsing, conducting, arranging, singing technique skills and all of this often accompanied by the piano. All songs are taught by ear so there is no need to read music and include African, Bulgarian, Georgian, Norwegian, English Folk, Jazz and Pop.
Above all, the emphasis is on the enjoyment of singing.
Further information on how to become a choir member email:
JOIN THE BIG HEART AND SOUL
...and have a great time
Join the choir or come and see our concerts - you will always be welcome.
Our weekly sessions in Castle Acre Village Hall are from 7.15 to 9.15pm every Wednesday during term times -
come and see if you like us - your first two sessions are free! Songs are taught by ear and anyone can join in.
We're a supportive group that loves new members.
And once you've settled in, if you want to, you could join us on one of our fabulous weekends away where
we eat delicious food, sing beautiful songs and have lots of fun!
We've been for a couple of great singing trips abroad too!
With previous Musical Director Noralf Mork, who taught the choir for 10 fantastic years, we traveled to his native Norway, singing in Oslo and Bergen. And we’ve been to Corsica, best known musically for its polyphonic choral tradition which is a particular passion of Linda, our current Director, where we sung around Bastia.
Both trips were great fun and we hope to go on more trips in the future!
Other things we often arrange, are guest workshop leaders for special sessions at weekends
which are open to all to attend.
Come and join us.
Things that we did around lockdown...
Jane Wells has put together a very sweet 5 minute video made from materials emailed to her, showing what some of the choir have been doing around lockdown.
Pussy cats, dogs, swans, vegetables, flowers, crafts, haircuts, walks and views...just some of the activities we've been up to!
THE BIG HEART AND SOUL CHOIR
AND COVID 19
At the moment, the choir is on hold and we have no Wednesday rehearsal's scheduled and unfortunately our
summer concert in Wells-next-the-sea has been cancelled.
But there are still things we can offer for you to do at home. We can email word sheets, music if you can read it, plus separate mp3 vocal tracks for either soprano, alto, tenor or bass. We can also send you You Tube links to songs so you can see what the whole song sounds like and sing along.
If you'd like this material emailed to your home, please contact us.
Keep well, safe and in harmony and we'll all be singing together again as soon as we can.
Castle Acre Village Hall, Pye's Lane, Castle Acre, Norfolk. PE32 2XB