Monthly Column – January


Because they are not just about the music and singing!

It’s friendship and caring. It’s friendship and community. It’s friendship and “I’ve got your back”. It’s friendship and anything you need.
Yes of course we love our a cappella singing at Spangles! We love our Thursday mornings and the events we sing at during Christmas, New Year, at weddings and other functions. But we also love being together at any time of the week, with the friendships we make and share!
Here are just a few of the very positive comments made as we start another wonderful year together……. Come and join us!!!

Thursday is now filled with wonderful music and laughter! Why? I joined after not singing due to illness and I’d lost confidence. It was a rusty soprano at my first rehearsal in September 2023! I found support and a very warm welcome. I found a new family of all ages, nationalities, singing voices and abilities – and more of me again since singing.
I took the plunge just over a year ago. I can honestly say I am so glad I did. I spent the last 11 years as a stay-at-home Mum with a child who has Down’s syndrome. I was lonely. Now I have met the most genuine group of ladies with the biggest hearts. Conquer your nerves and walk into the rehearsal room; you can be assured of a very warm welcome. Singing is good for the soul
It’s good for your health. It’s good for your happiness. It’s good for your self-esteem. It’s good for your social life. It’s good for YOU!
I felt like a second-class singer as a low alto in traditional SATB choirs. I thought I’d give a new group a go and I couldn’t believe how welcome and valued I was in the bass section. We have real melodies to sing in a richer lower range. My new friend, Linda, and I car-share, driving 140 km round trip… we do it because it’s worth it! And we’re firm friends!
After my husband passed away 10 months ago, I needed to fill that empty space in my life. I asked about joining a group, said I couldn’t sing but I love to sing, can’t read music! I was invited to a rehearsal! Bit daunting, but the ladies made me feel so welcome. I look forward to Thursday morning practice, chats and enjoying a coffee. New friends helped me through a very difficult year.
Note: Pat received the ‘Above and Beyond’ Award this year – a little Diamante crown, which she wears with pride, awarded to the person who contributes most to the chorus throughout the year.

Singing is my daily vitamin boost! Some days I feel down, lethargic and want to shut myself away. If it is rehearsal day or event, I switch on! Each one of us has had life traumas or challenges, I’m sure. Help is there if we seek it out and then support each other, offer shoulders to laugh or cry on but most of all, sing, sing, sing!!

Lyn Baines sings bass with Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus and can be contacted by email:

Lyn Baines
Author: Lyn Baines

Chorus founder and manager, bass section leader.

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