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Galloway’s Choir launches in Preston city centre

Posted on - 26th April, 2024 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Music, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Galloway's Choir meets at Preston Central Methodist Church
Galloway’s Choir is delivered in a way that is accessible to blind people

A free-to-attend choir sponsored by Galloway’s sight loss charity has launched in Preston City Centre.

The choir is open to anyone, but is delivered in a way that is accessible to blind people.

The new group meets at the Central Methodist Church on Friday afternoons and is led by Jon Aveyard of Preston Music Workshops.

“The choir was initially set up for five weeks using funding from Galloway’s,” said Jon. “But we were having such a good time that we and the church agreed it should continue for longer.

“Thanks to Galloway’s, we now have funding to run the choir free of charge for participants until the end of June. We’re hoping that we will be able to secure further funding or find some other solution so that we can keep the choir going beyond then.”

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Most of the original participants found out about the group through Galloway’s but others have since joined via the Preston Music Workshops mailing list.

Although several of the choir members are sighted, others have little or no sight so there is no assumption that the group will be able to view lyrics sheets or follow visual cues. This determines the choice of songs, the arrangements and the way the songs are learned in the sessions.

Central Methodist Church in Lune Street Pic: Tony Worrall
Galloway’s Choir meets at Central Methodist Church in Lune Street Pic: Tony Worrall

John said: “I try to do what’s best for the particular individuals who are attending the group.

“Initially, I wasn’t intending to make lyrics available at all but we have a mixture of people singing from memory, using standard lyrics sheets or large-font printouts, or who have arranged for Braille versions using electronic copies that I have sent to them.”

The choir is part of the wide variety of activities delivered by Preston Music Workshops that has led to it being nominated for the National Diversity Awards.

Alongside the Galloway’s Choir, Preston Music Workshops also delivers sessions for the Cottam Ukuleles, Preston Handbell Ensemble, Good Day Sunshine Recorder Group, Jubiloso (for people with learning disabilities), Preston Scratch Band, Worldwise Samba Drummers, the Blue Flamingo dementia café, Leyland adult day care centre and occasionally for Preston People’s Choir and Walk this Way Choir.

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The next Galloway’s Choir takes place on Friday 3 May from 12pm to 1pm at the Central Methodist Church in Lune Street.

For more information about the Galloway’s Choir, email Jon on JonAveyard1@gmail.com.

You can find out more about the organisations involved in the choir via the Galloways website and Preston Music Workshops website.

To vote for Preston Music Workshops in the Community Organisation Award for Multi-Strand category, go to the National Diversity Awards website.

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This story was made possible by support from you, our readers and a host of organisations in the city, through our Crowdfund Lancashire appeal, which unlocked support from the Lancashire Culture and Sport Fund provided by Lancashire County Council. You can see all our coverage and, if you know of an event or arts project in the city we should be covering, send details to contactus@blogpreston.co.uk.

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