Singers from Pudsey will be arriving en masse to the Jam on Top recording studios in Keighley to record their very first album!
Voices of Yorkshire is made up of seven choirs totalling 350 people from across West Yorkshire – including one which rehearses every week at St James The Great Church in Pudsey.
All proceeds from the album sales will be donated to It’s Worth Talking About, a not-for-profit volunteer-led service aimed at anyone that feels they might need to talk about their life struggles to increase wellbeing.
Voices of Yorkshire has members aged from 16 to 98 years old.
Nick Ingram, Voices of Yorkshire Founder, said:
“Voices of Yorkshire is all about bringing people together to have fun singing! We don’t expect our choir members to be professional singers and with his in mind, we don’t use sheet music or conduct auditions!
“Instead we choose songs that everyone loves from the 1970s to current day, we sing our own bespoke arrangements in three-part harmony, with our own bespoke backing tracks, and we have a lot of fun along the way!
“Singing is great for wellbeing and for maintaining good mental health, which is why we have aligned with ‘It’s Worth Talking About’ for this project. Lots of our members join Voices of Yorkshire as strangers and meet life-long friends at our sessions, performances and social events.
“We’ve had our choir members go on holiday together, walk each others dogs, look after each others children – all making positive connections, and along with the singing, that’s what it’s all about for us.”
Mr Ingram said hiring a studio and a producer to record an album has been on the choir’s ‘bucket list’ for some time now.
He added: “We will be recording for nine hours, with each harmony part in the studio for three hours. It’s a big ask of our choir members, singing for three hours non-stop is hard work!
“But they always rise to the challenge and I know that they will give it everything they’ve got! We’re excited to be working with producer Andy Thornton who is hugely experienced and who we know will help us to achieve something we’re all really proud of”
“We will of course be having an ‘album launch’ later in the year once the album had been finalised, we love an excuse for a get together! No doubt there will be plenty of singing, dancing and good times!”
The album will be made up of nine songs, including Human originally by the Killers, From Now On from The Greatest Showman and What’s Up originally by the Four Non Blondes. It is due to go on sale in September 2022.
Voices of Yorkshire currently run sessions in Bingley and at St James The Great Church, off Galloway Lane, Pudsey on Mondays (8-9pm). Skipton and Menston meet on Tuesdays, Oakworth and Yeadon on Wednesdays and Silsden on a Thursday.
To contact It’s Worth Talking About you can find them online here or call them on 07706 024336.