New UCS choir joins with others for In Harmony concert

Director Helen Wheatley and members of the UCS choir at rehearsals.

Director Helen Wheatley and members of the UCS choir at rehearsals. - Credit: Archant

Singing out for a very good cause in Ipswich

Director Helen Wheatley and members of the UCS choir at rehearsals.

Director Helen Wheatley and members of the UCS choir at rehearsals. - Credit: Archant

The great news that Suffolk University is going to get its independence has been well received across the Ipswich community.

A growing and thriving university brings a wide range of community benefits, way beyond the obvious educational opportunities afforded to people from the local area, and from other parts of the country.

One of the new initiatives at UCS on the Waterfront is the UCS choir, under director Helen Wheatley, which is currently rehearsing for a special charity concert.

I joined them at their rehearsal this week where they are preparing for the In Harmony concert on Saturday June 11.

The choir members are staff from across the university, who are also joined by students who are interested in singing for fun during term time.

Laura Locke, a tutor in business and tourism, said: “It is great fun. We are always looking to attract new members, and we need more men.”

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Leader and director Helen Wheatley organises workplace choirs at UCS and Endeavour House (Suffolk County Council), teaches singing at St Albans High School and teaches with the Stagecoach Theatre Arts Company.

“Singing is great for reducing stresss,” she said, “and for clearing your mind. Leave your stress at the desk at the end of the day.”

The choir is practising several songs including the rousing “Praise You”, which will feature at In Harmony at Museum Street Methodist Church on Saturday June 11 at 7pm.

The evening was raising money for an important local charity, explained Helen, Fresh Start - new begnnings, which provides support and treatment for child victims of sexual abuse.

“This is a very important charity

“It was started by Diana Porter and does very vital work in Ipswich and Suffolk,” she explained.

The evening will be a night of singing and fun, she added.

The charity concert will feature the UCS Choir and Endeavour House Choir and the Co-op Ladies Choir conducted by Margaret Morphew.

Also taking part are the Martlesham-based Sisters of Swing and a variety of special guests.

Soloists include Molly Scurrell

“It should be a wonderful night of singing and music,” added Helen.

There will also be a fundraising raffle and refreshments.

In Harmony is on Saturday June 11, 2016 at Museum Street Methodist Church.

Tickets fro the concert cost £10 in advance.

To get your tickets go to:

www.inharmonyipswich.eventbrite.co.uk