Stories from our Community

A Safe Place
Positive Energy
People from all walks of life
Martin – (Each week I help people make 1 million journeys around our wonderful city)

This choir really is so good for the soul, so uplifting, refreshing, and down to earth. Just very, very human which is so important right now.

I have played a few instruments and been in a band, but never a singer. A chance meeting got me interested in a choir with such a cool and accessible repertoire – it’s Soul music!

It’s building my musical confidence which, as an absolutely passionate music lover, is important to me for my self worth and identity.

In my job I have to challenge people, give presentations and speak up alot. I can usually do it OK on the outside. Since getting a taste for ‘performing’ in the choir, it actually feels better on the inside. And I have barely started.

Rehearsal – a time to connect!
Anonymous

Being part of Bright Soul has been such a fantastic experience for me. A safe place to sing my soul out with no judgement, lifting my spirits on dark days and distracting me from cares of the world. A new challenge to do my best and be part of a great team effort.

And most of all, being part of a beautiful, uplifting and heart-warming noise that can raise the roof! Concerts with family and friends have been fabulous too, bringing together our choir family. Thank you Amanda! Can’t wait to get back to our singing therapy when the world gets back on track.

Marilyn (Retired – ex Police)

Being a part of this choir means being part of a friendly group of people, who love the same kind of music as I do.  It’s a little family.

It has increased my confidence in my own abilities and it has kept me feeling energised and more sociable. Choir practice gives me a reason to go out and mix with other people. There are people in the choir from all age groups and professions. There is a lot of positive energy in the room when we all get together. It’s inspiring.

Bright Soul Choir in the Community supporting Turning Tides Local Homelessness Charity
Anonymous – (secondary maths teacher)

I am a new member of Bright Soul and came feeling very hesitant and unconfident. My youngest of three boys has left home for university and I have had a bad case of ‘empty nest’ syndrome. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming, that these feelings vanished immediately.

I often come to Choir feeling exhausted after a non-stop day in a large secondary school and yet I leave choir feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. The songs are with me all week and I practise in my car on my drive up to Crawley.

Last year I was part of a well-being choir at school. Unfortunately it was cancelled due to workload and stress. I was so happy when my partner showed me the advert in the Prestonville news; he knew how much I had enjoyed choir.

My children are now all over 18 years old and it’s time for me to pursue my interests. Bright Soul Choir has brought me a deep sense of happiness and freedom; it allows me to sing as if I’m in the shower or in the car on my own. Choir is building my confidence ( I love singing but can only sing when I think no one is listening) and it always enhances feelings of well being.

I teach, so have to talk to groups of teenagers. It has definitely helped me breath better and it has helped me be calmer in challenging situations.

Anonymous

I joined Bright Soul to be with like minded people and share the love of singing. My personal situation has become very difficult in recent years and for my own mental health, well being and confidence I was overjoyed to be accepted into the choir.

I love being part of a supportive group and being able to sing…..

I remember with great affection my school choir and the commitment and dedication of my old choir master and how special the choir was made to feel. This is the same feeling I have 50 years on, being part of the Bright Soul Choir.

Without any doubt the choir has improved my health in every way, helped maintain friendships, created new friendships and is so beneficial for me.

This choir helps to keep my confidence, which is easy for me to lose.

Some of our longest standing, loyal and cheekiest members!
Jody – (Associate Practitioner for the Community Respiratory team, NHS)

Bright Soul Choir is our space, to experience and share through music, we all get to connect!

I joined Bright Soul because I love singing, but I saw how uplifting and welcoming this established group of people were. And they welcomed me with open arms as I expected!

No matter how drained, emotional, tired or stressful my day at work or personal life has been, I leave choir feeling physically lighter as if my head space has been cleared out. I feel uplifted and refreshed!

I am a much happier and level headed person when I am attending choir. It enables me to be more resilient with my mental health.

It challenges me to get out of my comfort zone and back into singing!