Some Voices choir to open group in Cliftonville

Some Voices choir

A choir known for high-octane performances, including recently singing with Sam Ryder at the Prince’s Trust Awards and with Mika on Channel 4’s The Piano, is starting a Clifonville group next month.

Some Voices has non-audition choirs around the country and will be starting rehearsals at Cliftonville Cultural Space (former Shul) Albion Road every Thursday from 7pm to 8.30pm, starting on  September 28.

There are no auditions or experience needed, join online via  or sign up on the website for a free taster session and attend your first rehearsal for free.

Each Some Voices term is 10 weeks long, with a performance opportunity at the end, and the cost is £110 per term, including all the resources needed to practice at home. NHS and low-income concession discounts are available.

Each term is themed and will culminate in a high-energy performance at a local venue. Previous themes have included ‘Choir Clubland’, with a performance at Heaven nightclub and ‘Choir Actually,’ a live performance of the Love Actually soundtrack last December.

Known as a choir ‘without the boring bits’, Some Voices is a non-traditional choir with a mission to be inclusive to all. It started as a small group of friends meeting to sing and socialise in London in 2010, but quickly grew after people fell in love with their vocal arrangements, clubbing-like gigs and an eclectic repertoire that spans disco, pop, folk, hip hop, rap, indie and more.

East Kent resident Seretta Wilson has been singing with Some Voices since joining its virtual choir in lockdown, and travelling from Whitstable to London every week since then to rehearse and perform.

Photo Steve Pringle

She said: “Some Voices is a special community. It’s full of wonderful people ready to share and support. Going to choir every week is joyful – it lights me up! Being yourself is what it’s about. Having a Some Voices choir in Margate will be magical – I’m looking forward to more joy, laughter, and song.”

The choir will be led by Catherine Courtley, a local singer and vocal leader who has been running musical groups, choirs and workshops around London and East Kent since 2016.

Catherine said: “I used to run a kids music class in Cliftonville called ‘Millie’s Music’ and always thought how much I’d love to get the parents that came along singing in a choir too! I know the people of Margate are really going to love the feel-good music and party atmosphere of Some Voices, as well as the chance to be part of a brand new musical community to add to the already fantastic local music scene.”

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