Choir hits the right note again

Chanton Singers with their trophy
Chanton Singers with their trophy

Bridlington’s “oldies” choir has claimed another trophy.

The 14 strong Chantons Choir, part of Bridlington’s flourishing University of the Third Age group, claimed two firsts and a third prize at this year’s Hornsea Music Festival. Last year they walked away with a first prize at the same event.

Their latest success saw them getting first prizes in the adult choir unaccompanied and the gospes sections and third in the accompanied adult choir.

As their conductor and founder, Pauline Watts of Bridlington said: “It’s not bad for this choir which is made up of men and women, who are all retired folk. Some of whom have never sung in a choir before and just joined to keep themselves occupied.”

They practice just once a week at Pauline’s North Bridlington home and sing from memory without books or music.

“One of our number had never sung before other than karaoke,” said Pauline who started the choir 18 months ago.

The Chanton Choir is one of two at the U3A, the other being more of a fun choir for anyone who would like to sing and is non-competitive.

The Chantons have sung at a number of venues locally including the Rotary Club Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Burlington Methodist Church, and at The Priory.

“I want to grow the choir to around 20 members and anyone who would like to join should get in touch with me on 01262 602711. They can always come along and see if they like it,” said Pauline who added the choir would be entertaining next year’s music festival.

Bridlington U3A is one of the biggest groups in the region with more than 800 members taking part in a wide range of leisure and learning activities.