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Published July 9th 2014
Don't waste your vocal talents on the shower
Perth is home to many recreational pursuits from kitesurfing to charity fun runs, there are lots of ways to fill your time. But for those of us who aren't sporty, or fancy a new sort of challenge, there's an 'underground' world you're probably not aware of: community singing groups.
Some are open to everyone, others audition-only; some only sing classical pieces and others run the gamut of musical genres. What they have in common, though, is that they're a great place to improve or discover your singing voice while meeting new people.
A great resource to find a group near you is Voice Moves, where you can go through a list of local groups. The best way to begin is by emailing the listed contact, who'll let you know the process of joining but this will most likely start with going along to a session, singing along and seeing if you think it's a good fit for you. And don't worry if you've never sung before you won't be asked to sing a solo. It's just about listening to others and finding your vocal ability.
Most groups perform on a regular or semi-regular basis, at their own concerts or local community functions, from corporate gala dinners to nursing homes. Some even travel the country or the globe to compete in choral competitions. Being a member of a local singing group is a great way to give back to the community whilst enjoying the many benefits of singing. And since these include toning our stomach muscles, improving posture and even boosting our immune system, I'd say that's a welcome alternative to a freezing Monday evening spent playing netball in the rain.
Some of the singing groups in the Perth metro area currently open to new members include: