BASh Choir (Beer and Shanties choir) to Sing for ‘CALM’ charity

Local choir director Rosa Malone will be leading a unique six-week singing project in preparation for a performance at the end of March in support of ‘CALM’ Campaign Against Living Miserably. CALM is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of eighteen deaths a day.

Rosa, who was raised in Petersfield and studied at Trinity College of Music, has been directing choirs, in Greece, including the Lefkas Shanty Men, for six years. She specialises in making choral singing fun, inspirational and open to all people, regardless of their experience. In addition to regular choir practices, Rosa runs singing retreats in the Greek Islands, holds online singing tutorials and regular workshops.

Rosa is putting together the BASh Choir – Beer and Shanties choir – for blokes. The aim is to get guys together once a week for a couple of drinks and a few hearty songs. All of the music can be learned by ear, meaning that the group will be open to anyone, regardless of experience.

She said, “I love sea shanties. It’s very evocative music but the songs are also so accessible and easy to pick up. There is such a rich maritime tradition in the area, with so many people having links to the Navy or sailing, that it seemed like the perfect place to set up a one-off sea shanty choir. I hope that as a unique, short-term project without a long-term commitment, this will be something a little bit different that guys could do with their mates, brothers or dads. It’ll be a great way to meet lots of like-minded people, sharing the community experience, whilst improving your voice with a pint in hand!”

The six-week course will be held at Portchester Yacht Club, every Thursday, 7:30-9pm. Rosa will also be running a free taster session for people to come and see what it’s all about on 20/2/20. The fee for the whole project will be £40.

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