First steps to gospel choir

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Singers of all ages will make tracks for St Matthew’s Church, Sutton Bridge, on Sunday afternoon to take part in a gospel choir workshop.

Special guests at the workshop, which runs from 3pm-5pm, will be Stamford Gospel Choir.

Sutton Bridge vicar’s wife and musician Christina Oxtoby, who founded and led the Stamford group, is hoping everyone will give the choir a try.

Christina said: “What was lovely about the Stamford one was it became a community – it was just like this overgrown family.

“We sang some lovely things and it was just great fun.”

She says the music is mostly learned by ear – the traditional method – and people are always surprised how quickly they start to remember it.

Christina has an honours degree in music and has led a number of choirs over the years.

But it was her introduction to the Gospel Choir of Ridley Hall College, Cambridge, that gave her such a great love of gospel music. Christina went on to lead that choir and then formed the Stamford choir before starting again from scratch in Sutton Bridge.