New children’s choir in Spalding

Charlotte Carr has a mission in life: she would like all children to experience music at an early age.

Charlotte, mum to two youngsters and living in Pinchbeck, has made a good start in that direction.

Spalding Children's Choir and musical director Charlotte Carr (left). Photo (Tim Wilson): SG160514-111TW

Spalding Children's Choir and musical director Charlotte Carr (left). Photo (Tim Wilson): SG160514-111TW

She recently formed Spalding Children’s Choir and has already gathered about a dozen enthusiastic youngsters, some of them pupils of the private music tuition she offers at her home.

Charlotte teaches piano, violin and music theory, but says some of her pupils are singers too and complained to her that they felt there weren’t enough opportunities for them to sing in Spalding.

That has already been addressed and the choir gave their first performance at the Sheep Day at Unique Cottage Studios in Spalding.

“That went very well,” says musical director Charlotte, who has three more performances lined up for the choir before the summer holidays. “Some of them were quite nervous but they got on with it and they did very well. Everyone enjoyed it and it was a beautiful day, so all in all it was fantastic.”

The children are obviously confident performers, something Charlotte couldn’t say about herself.

She has been involved in music for 30 years, studying music at university, but lacking the confidence to make it her career, choosing instead Human Resources.

With a bit more life experience, including marriage to Stuart, who performs in local rock band Two Point Zero, and two children, aged five and 16 months, that has all changed.

Charlotte says: “About five years ago I thought I would go back into music and started off part-time and I have never looked back really.

“I have started the choir now and I can push it forward and make it known over the coming months and years.”

The children are singing all sorts of music, from pop songs, to items from films and musicals, and anything else they suggest that Charlotte thinks is suitable.

The choir, for children aged five to 15, meets on a Saturday afternoon (3-4pm) in a space at Pinchbeck, which is a temporary solution.

That’s another of Charlotte’s ambitions: she has a long-term goal to set up her own music school.

Young people interested in joining the choir should ring or text Charlotte’s mobile on 07772 985329 or email charliecarr100@gmail.com