10 years of Deal’s Landmark Show Choir

CommunityAd enjoy harmonies with the Landmark Show Choir.

 

Having recently celebrated their 10th birthday, we had the pleasure of speaking to the founder of the Landmark Show Choir, Maddie as we discussed how it all started, the choir’s most memorable moments and their plans for 2023…

 

Can you tell us about your background in music and what made you first come up with the idea to form this choir?

I retrained in music in 2010 at Canterbury Christchurch Uni after one of those “lightbulb” moments at a holiday music workshop. I was running when a parent said “you really should be a music teacher”!

I developed a passion for making music accessible to everyone from all backgrounds and started by setting up a youth choir for singers who didn’t have the benefit and privilege of years of training and private lessons like I did. The adult community choir soon followed.

 

What was the feedback like when you started the choir and what has been the secret to keeping this running over the past 10 years, including the 2-year COVID period?

Singers said then and still say it is a real community, a place to make friends as well as sing, fun but challenging, welcoming and inclusive. The recipe works! I ran outdoor workshops on the beach and online workshops leading to a recording and a charity singalong as well as small indoors workshops for six people in lockdown which kept everyone engaged and together.

I relaunched the choir in September 2021 and we have had a fantastic year and grown in size with lots of new committed members resulting in a wider age range.

We have just performed at the Tower of London Choir Festival 2023 – our first trip to London – and for many local gigs of all kinds including celebrating the Jubilee and commemorating the passing of the Queen, working with both Walmer and Deal Councils and local churches, supporting local Ukrainians, Deal Pride and our fifth 70s and 80s fundraiser show at the Astor Theatre which raised £1,200 for an African charity supporting young women into sustainable work.

 

From the 10 years you have been running, what would you say have been the choir’s proudest moments?

I think the proudest must be backing the Brit award winning male vocal trio BLAKE on the Kent arm of their tour.

 

What are you looking forward to doing with the choir in 2023?

2023 will I am sure bring lots of exciting singing opportunities including continuing our collaboration with a choir in the Midlands who sang my Dover Town sea shanty for Make Music Day this year.

 

Are you currently looking for any singers/volunteers? If so, how can readers enquire to find out more?

We now have 25 regular members and are aiming for 35. We meet on Fridays 6:00-7:30pm at the Landmark Centre in the High Street in Deal and have a free taster session every term with the next one on Friday 13th January 2023.

No auditions or experience or ability to read music needed. Contact Maddie on [email protected] to register.

 

Find out more and get in touch via Facebook @Maddie4Music or the website www.maddiestalentmanagement.com.

 

Originally published on Page 6 of Deal CommunityAd Magazine, Dec 22/Jan 23 – Issue 38

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