New Bourne youth choir

Andrew Clingo works with the younger group, Harminnies.
Andrew Clingo works with the younger group, Harminnies.
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In the past three years inspirational conductor Andrew Clingo has persuaded just shy of 300 voices to sing.

They are members of his seven adult choirs that come under the umbrella name of Handful of Harmonies, and they’re located at places like Bourne, the Deepings, Spalding, Langtoft and further afield.

There is also something called Harminnies, based at Langtoft and aimed at youngsters from six upwards. As well as taking part in sounds with movement activities, the children do displays at local events.

Andrew says the majority of them are aged six or seven, but now he wants to give older children the chance to sing.

He is launching Bourne Youth Choir with an open session at Bourne Abbey Church hall on Monday, September 1 (3pm to 5pm).

The youth choir is aimed at children aged from seven to 16, possibly pushing the upper limit to 18 in future.

Andrew said: “What we want to do is tap into that older market, and be a little bit more serious than the Harminnies.

“We are going to look at competitions and local events we can take part in, but for the people that get involved in the youth choir it is an opportunity for them to get involved in something they are going to lead.

“I don’t know if they will want a uniform, a particular colour or logo... there is no package. This is very much out there for the kids to take control and drive it.”

There are already about 20 youngsters signed up – mostly from the Bourne Youth Choir page on Facebook or the website bourneyouthchoir.co.uk – but Andrew is hoping that the choir will contain nearer 40 children.

Sessions, with live music, are being held at Bourne Abbey Church hall once a fortnight (2.30pm to 4.30pm) starting on September 20 at a cost of £3.

Andrew explains that Bourne was the natural choice because he has friends with children at the local primary schools who pushed for it.

He said: “They have said what a big part of the school life music and creativity is, so we are hoping we have kids there who are already interested and up for being pushed and stretched and to do amazing things.”

However, he’s quick to point out: “I run the sessions with humour as well, so it’s not serious and highbrow. We try to have a joke and a giggle and keep it topical.

“It’s something they can do on a Saturday afternoon and blow off some steam.”