Benefit to youngsters from new Bourne choir

Bourne Youth Choir will be run with a lot of humour and fun, says musical director Andrew Clingo.
Bourne Youth Choir will be run with a lot of humour and fun, says musical director Andrew Clingo.
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Handful of Harmonies musical director Andrew Clingo believes there are clear advantages to children getting involved in a choir.

He says they – just like his adult singers – can benefit from the health benefits of singing regularly.

Not least of these is the relief from the pressure of school exams placed on students – as last week’s GCSE results candidates can testify.

Andrew said the two hours on a Saturday afternoon was something they could do relax.

He said: “They are not going to be worrying too much about homework.

“If they are having a down day they can enjoy the feel good factor of singing. They can blow off some steam or just make some friends really.

“We are not looking at doing exams or anything like that, but it is going to be completely driven by them.”

Andrew will run sessions with assistant Mel Barber, who has two children. He says there are no auditions.