We’ve come a long, long way together…

We’ve come a long, long way together…

05 November 2023
By Deirdra Barr

Alty Voices has recently turned two years old! Join us as we look back at our journey as a modern pop choir. Hopefully we might even inspire you to book us for your event, or join us!

Alty Voices rehearsal in November 2023 – Fatboy Slim mashup!

Our first rehearsal took place on 19th July 2021. Despite our Choir Leader Rose planning to launch in June, our official start was delayed as lockdown lifted. Our rehearsals were unusual – with social distancing, cone markers, masks and covid tests in full force. But it didn’t stop us!

An Alty Voices choir rehearsal in summer 2021 with members stood a distance away from each other, separated by cones on the floor, singing.

By August, we’d even managed our first pub trip – we love our social events.

By September, we moved to our current rehearsal home at Altrincham Baptist Church on Hale Road in Altrincham.

Performance time

Our first gig took place in November and was equally eventful… planned for Tatton Park, last-minute power cuts landed us in a Knutsford pub instead!

Since then we have gone from strength to strength. We have performed at venues such as the Manchester Marathon, The Refuge, Into the Wild Bushcraft and Altrincham Festival. Some of our members even got to perform as part of the hit Channel 4 series Everyone Else Burns – (you can read more about this in our Everyone Else Burns blog post).

Alty Voices Christmas concert - a crowd of choir singers dressed in festive red jumpers sing and dance, with a band playing guitars in the background.

There are always a few nerves and hiccups along the way – like the Great British Weather at Altrincham Festival – but we always manage to pull together for a great performance.

Come and join us…

We hope you join us!

Our modern pop and indie choirs are no-audition, very friendly and have great social events too! We get a chance to perform in all kinds of community events with a live band. 

Alty Voices rehearses on Monday evenings. You can sign up for a FREE taster here.

If you’d like to book us for your event, read more about booking our choir here.

Joining our choir? Here’s 10 things you need to know

Joining our choir? Here’s 10 things you need to know

Do you sing in the shower? Or in the car to the radio? Maybe you’ve already been in a choir and missing it?

Did you know that research shows singing in a choir can help you have a longer, happier life?

It sounds like time for you to join one of the wonderful choirs run by Rose de la Font in Altrincham (Mondays 7pm), Sale (new starting Tuesday June 6th!) or Chorlton (Wednesdays, 7.30pm).

Here’s a few things to know about joining our choir:

🎤 🎶 After you sign up for a taster session, just turn up! There are no auditions and we are a relaxed, fun choir which focusses on modern pop songs.

Recently we’ve learned (and performed) great arrangements to Running up that Hill, Levitating, Glorybox and Freedom!

🎤 🎶 Vocal range: When you sign up for your taster session (£9 for a full 90 minute session), you will get some notes which includes a 1 min video to help find your vocal range (whether you tend to sing higher or lower).

If you are not sure what vocal section to join at the session (alto, soprano, tenor or bass), don’t worry! We can advise you when you come and join us.

🎤 🎶 It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle or drink – we sing for 90 minutes.

🎤 🎶 You don’t need to have a music degree or be able to read music.

🎤 🎶 Upon joining, you’ll get access to a comprehensive resources library, including lots of lyrics and audio recordings that you can use to practise our songs at home.

🎤 🎶 Rose has secured a number of gigs for our choirs, including Altrincham centre, Victoria Baths, Hatch, Freight Island, The Refuge Bar and Chorlton Arts Festival, Aviva Studios, amongst others. We’ve also featured on BBC Radio Manchester and some of our members have even taken part in a Channel 4 series!

🎤 🎶 We have a fantastic live band called Vala that accompanies us for gigs and we love performing with them!

🎤 🎶 There’s no pressure and nobody puts you on the spot – the beauty of a choir is you can blend in OR stand out. There are also opportunities for solos if that’s your thing!

🎤 🎶 There’s an active social calendar you can join if you wish…recent activities include a movie night and curry, pub night once a month and picnics in the summer.

If none of those has convinced you yet then …

🎤 🎶 We have monthly CAKE 🍰 nights, where members can sign up to perform solos for their choir friends. We love seeing people’s hidden talents on their ukuleles, pianos, guitars and of course hearing them sing!

So come along and let out your inner Dua Lipa, George Michael or Kate Bush in a friendly and fun environment!

Written by Deirdra Barr, Alty Voices

Our choirs star in comedy series Everyone Else Burns

Our choirs star in brand new Channel 4 comedy series Everyone Else Burns

24 January 2023

A group of singers from two of our choirs are the latest additions to a brand new Channel 4 comedy series which has launched this week.

Channel 4 show Everyone Else Burns features singers from our very own choirs, Chorlton Sings and Alty Voices.

About Everyone Else Burns

The new show is a coming-of-age comedy about a Mancunian family and the puritanical Christian sect they are devoted to. Will patriarchal David Lewis ever ascend the church ranks and become an Elder? Will dutiful wife Fiona deviate from her own dogmatic moral compass? Will their naïve 17-year-old daughter Rachael be allowed to go to university, and will 12-year-old son Aaron ever fend off his secular bullies? All could lead to damnation.

Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner star Simon Bird features alongside a string of co-stars. Our singers can be spotted performing in episode six.

The TV cameo is an exciting moment for our group, with our choirs newly forming in summer of 2021 as lockdown restrictions eased. Since then, both Chorlton Sings and Alty Voices have gone from strength to strength. The choirs have grown in members, performed a range of gigs and even recorded music videos.

A new experience

Everyone Else Burns is our group’s first foray into television. Choir Director Rose de la Font and choir member George Hollywood wrote a bespoke arrangement for the programme. Fourteen singers from the group perform the song, which includes a solo from George.

The recording is also accompanied by our friends Joe Knowles and Matthew Hill, on guitar an cahon, from Manchester band Vala.

Over to you

Chorlton Sings members Michael and Vee who took part in the filming talked about being on the show:

It was a surreal and exciting experience. Being on a big production like this as a local community choir was quite scary but fun – and we had a blast filming and hanging around on set!” – Michael

“It was such a great opportunity for the choir to be a part of! To see the creative process and be around such a talented bunch was so inspiring.” – Vee

Monique from Alty Voices also commented on the unique experience:

“What an absolutely tremendously exciting experience this was for our choir to experience, and we shone like stars singing beautiful harmonies and feeling the music in unison. We all hugely enjoyed the day and the final recording was thrilling. A day with Alty voices and Chorlton Sings that we shall have engrained in our memories. We are so looking forward to seeing the series on screen. What a privilege.” – Monique

Rose de la Font, Director of both choirs, was also thrilled to be invited to work with the programme.

“It’s been so exciting to be able to bring our choirs to a brand new series and get some local Greater Manchester talent on national TV! We had a great time rehearsing, performing and working with the production teams and we can’t wait for everyone to watch the series when it launches.” – Rose

The choirs plan to celebrate by binge-watching all six episodes together in a local scout hut.

When and where can I watch the show?

Everyone Else Burns is written by Dillon Mapletoft and Oliver Taylor, directed by Nick Collett and co-produced by JAX Media and Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. Executive producers include Jax Media’s Tony Hernandez and Brooke Posch. JAX Media’s Molly Seymour is the producer on the series.

The series launched at 10pm on Monday 23rd January on Channel 4 and is available on boxset via All 4 now.

Around 30 members of Chorlton Sings choir smile at the camera, stood in front of a large standing microphone whilst waving and smiling.

Chorlton Sings on BBC Radio Manchester

Chorlton Sings on BBC Radio Manchester

21st January 2023

Our Chorlton Sings choir got straight back to action following their festive break when they were interviewed by Stacey Copeland for her show on BBC Radio Manchester.

The show, which aired on Friday 20th January, included some special clips of our recent favourite tunes as our 40-strong choir could be heard rehearsing throughout the episode. Listen out for some early snippets of ‘Finesse’, ‘Riptide’ and ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’…

Host Stacey interviewed several members of the crew whilst she joined us at our Wednesday session earlier in the week. She discussed a range of topics with our singers, from their musical backgrounds (from punk bands to Swedish folk) and favourite gigs, to what makes our Chorlton choir so special.

Stacey and Rose also debated the topic – can anyone learn to sing? And of course, the answer is yes!!

“It was so exciting having Stacey here to join us for our rehearsal and get Chorlton Sings on the Manchester airwaves. Thanks Stacey and the team at BBC Radio Manchester for having us! Come and sing with us anytime!” – Rose de la Font, Choir Director

Sophie, who runs our Choir’s social media and marketing, is often hidden behind the scenes of our photos and videos. So we were delighted to get her onto the airwaves to share her experience on Stacey’s show – here’s what she had to say:

“It was great to be able to share my love of choir with Stacey and her listeners. Chorlton Sings is such a highlight of my week and it felt really good to be able to share that passion and enthusiasm with a wider audience.” – Sophie Williamson

Listen back via BBC Sounds

If you missed us and want to listen back to the show, you can of course listen via the BBC Sounds app or follow this link to the BBC Show (opens in a new window).

You can find our members interviews at the following times during the show:

Rose: 1:16:57

Sophie: 1:46:54

Amman: 1:50:50

Vee: 2:21:15

Erin: 2:25:57

Sarah: 2:43:03

Want to keep up to date?

If you’re new here, you can learn more about us by visiting our Chorlton Sings webpage. To keep up to date with exciting news, events and upcoming gigs, you can follow Chorlton Sings via our Instagram page. And with something very exciting coming soon, you won’t want to miss it…

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