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Teacher helps to put a song in people’s lives
A TEACHER is hoping to expand a new free community choir in Rose Hill.
Hannah Powell, head of performing arts at Littlemore’s Oxford Academy and a former pupil there, returned to Oxford last year after seven years in London, where she set up a successful choir.
The 30-strong group performed pop songs to audiences and now Mrs Powell is hoping to replicate its success.
The 31-year-old from Cowley already has eight members in the Oxford choir, which has been meeting at the school in Sandy Lane West.
But the choir is hoping to find a new venue in Rose Hill to then encourage the estate’s residents to get involved.
Mrs Powell said: “I wanted to start something new, something a bit different.
“I think singing is something that people do every day without realising.
“It is a really good way of reaching out to any ethnicity and any musical background.”
She said people of any ability were welcome, but added: “As long as you enjoy it and are willing to give everything a go, come along.
“We mainly do pop music.”
The choir has recently learnt the songs Clown by Emeli Sande and Us Against the World by Coldplay.
Choir member and Oxford Academy teacher Emma Baddeley, 26, from Aylesbury, said: “I think it is a brilliant idea.
“I have only recently moved to the area and it has been great for me to meet new people and getting to perform in the summer was brilliant.
“Obviously it starts off small but hopefully in the next year we will have more members and more concerts,”she added.
The group is also in need of a piano or keyboard.
The choir’s first rehearsal is at Oxford Academy on Thursday although a time has not been confirmed yet. To find out more, call Mrs Powell on 07512 364367.
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