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"Open Your Heart. Find Your Voice."

What joining a choir has done for me.....

Judy (pictured front centre), with the choir and founder Choir Leader, Flora Smith (front left), performing at The Puffin Festival in Amble Town Square, May 2015. (One of Nevill's photos)

Only ever having sung around the house, I saw an advert for a choir starting in Amble. Being at a stage in life when I needed something different to stimulate me, I decided to go along.

Flora was our leader then, and it was through her bringing a flyer into choir one week that I had an experience that I would never have expected at the age of 70. The flyer was for mature people to take part in a film about a choir. It said as long as you could hold a note they would like you to go along for an audition.

As I had nothing doing on the following Monday, I decided I would see what it was all about. The result was that I was chosen as a soprano to take part in a film called 'A Song for Marion' about a choir for mature people. My family thought it hilarious that their mother should be in a film with some wonderful people like Terence Stamp, Anne Reid, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton.

To experience what happens behind the scenes of film making was very interesting and making friendships with other choir members is something that I will never forget.

Much of the filming was done on location in Newcastle and Durham, including St. Francis Community Centre (by Freeman Hospital), Newcastle City Hall, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, and Durham Johnston Comprehensive School.

And all of this because I decided to join Amble's Harbour Lights Community Choir.

You never know what life has in store for you.

Judy Baird, June 2020

Judy brought in a cake to celebrate her 80th birthday with the choir last December.



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