Have you got the X Factor? If so, Tenterden reader Richard Harvey wants you to step up to the stage…
So, you reckon you’re Sinatra in the shower, Bublé in the bathtub, Keating at the karaoke. Then how come you’re not brave enough to sing in front of a live audience?
Yes chaps, it’s you I’m talking to. You don’t have any compunction about bursting into song at any given moment (particularly after a few pints at Christmas). In fact, you reckon you can sing better than most of those warblers who turn up on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
So it’s baffling for the 15 fellas (including me) who are members of Tenterden-based choirs The Tuesdays and the Ruby Tuesdays as to why we are outnumbered almost ten to one by the ladies.
Apparently it’s the same across the country. While contemporary and rock choirs are shooting up like daffodils in spring, there are way more female singers than males. But why?
Well, according to The Tuesdays musical director and leader Max Wilson it could be that music is emotional, and men have more difficulty in expressing their feelings. Or that they are less willing to take the risk of singing in front of an audience.
It particularly applies to younger men. Even those wonderful Welsh male voice choirs are struggling to recruit younger singers. And yet anyone who’s ever watched a rugby international at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium will know that there are few more stirring sounds than their young fans belting out Land Of My Fathers – and if that isn’t emotional, I don’t know what is.
There will be some who might believe that being in a choir means learning the sort of boring traditional songs they used to sing at school. Far from it.
Take the Ruby Tuesdays, for instance, who perform regularly at venues ranging from Tenterden Town Hall to Rochester Cathedral. Our repertoire runs from Coldplay to Cole Porter, with every shade of modern music in between. And, yes, we do sing some classical numbers, such as Il Divo’s Adagio – and every time we perform it, it raises the hairs on the back of your neck, and brings the audience to its feet.
But if you don’t fancy learning close harmony performance pieces such as this, then dip your toe in the water by coming along to one of The Tuesdays’ weekly sessions (held, of course, every Tuesday!)
Nothing demanding, but a real opportunity to sing your heart out with a bunch of like-minded music lovers to songs by artists such as Robbie Williams, The Corrs, Elton John, Andy Williams and – well, you name it, they sing it. And there’s no auditions or having to sing on your own.
And, who knows, you may subsequently decide you want to join the small but doughty band of men in the Ruby Tuesdays – the performance choir are putting together Icon, a show of much-loved standards at Tenterden Town Hall on Friday, 9 and Saturday, 10 December.
For more information, log onto www.thetuesdays.co.uk, or simply turn up to St Mildred’s Church Hall, Tenterden on any Tuesday, 7.30pm.
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