THE founder of Milngavie Rock Choir has set up a new choir for youngsters - and already it’s proving to be popular.
Jennifer Sim (37) from Bearsden, set up Milngavie Rock Choir in January this year and it has gone from strength to strength with new members joining all the time.
They rehearse in Esporta Milngavie, and featured in ITV’s documentary The Choir That Rocks which aired in June.
Amy McKenzie-Smith (13), a pupil at Bearsden Academy, joined the brand new Teen Rock Choir which is open to 10 to 18 year olds and meets in Glasgow’s west end.
Members don’t need to audition or be able to read music - they just need to love singing.
Amy said: “I sang in the choir when I was at primary school and I really enjoyed it especially when we performed at school concerts.”
She joined Bearsden Academy’s choir but they did not perform anywhere and now it’s not running. So when she saw the Farnham Teen Rock Choir on ITV’s documentary, she decided it was just what she was looking for.
The teenagers performed a medley of songs, including Pixie Lott’s Boys and the Girls and Florence and the Machine’s You’ve got the love at the big Rock Choir event at Wembley Arena.
Amy added: “I’m really looking forward to singing cool pop songs with other youngsters and getting the chance to perform at events in Glasgow. My 10-year-old sister Sophie is also joining so it will be fun to do it together.”
Amy’s mum Claire is also joining adult Rock Choir. She said: “I didn’t think about joining a choir until I saw the documentary. It looked like everyone was having good fun, and, sometimes it’s good to do something outwith your comfort zone.”
Local MP Jo Swinson visited the Rock Choir recently to hear them rehearsing.
The choir’s leader Jennifer Sim said: “We were delighted that Jo came to hear us. She wrote to me afterwards saying that she was very impressed at the excellent standard of the choir and that she is looking forward to hearing us sing within the local community.”
Milngavie Rock Choir joined Knightswood, Giffnock, Bothwell, Hamilton and Glasgow City Centre rock choirs to perform an end of term summer show at Glasgow City Halls in July.
Over 700 people were in the audience to hear their repertoire, which included Dancing in the Street, Oh Happy Day and Something Inside So Strong.
Jennifer added: “It was a fantastic evening - the feedback was amazing. I had people joining rock choir on the back of our performance which is a real credit to our members.”
For more details on the new Glasgow (West End) Teen Rock Choir visit www.rockchoir.com
The Choir That Rocks documentary is going to be repeated on Friday, September 23 on STV at 10.35pm.