Quirky Choir Celebrates 20 years!

The Point's Quirky Choir launches Quirkus, a year long celebration of song

Doncaster’s Quirky Choir formed twenty years ago to launch the opening of darts’ building The Point, on South Parade. Choir members wanted to celebrate in style and put together a successful application to Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme for a whole year of creative activity.

The funding will pay for four professional artists who will collaborate with the choir members to create brand new pieces that will be performed in unusual spaces over 2018. Ian McMillan, Lucky Moyo, Luke Carver Goss and Jamie Laurance will each bring a unique angle to the music, including poetry, folk and DJing.

The choir and artists will also collaborate with community groups to create new songs, including Creative Directions – adults experiencing mental health issues who will input both words and music, Singing for Memory – people with dementia and their carers who will focus on words and memories and Swag Choir – young people who will use an electronic/DJ approach, as well as Doncaster Conversation Club with Refugees and Asylum Seekers who will share their stories to create new songs.

Artistic Director, Janet Wood, said:

We are so thrilled to have been successful with this funding. This project will allow us to really challenge ourselves and create some truly fabulous new songs to perform across Doncaster.

The project will be completed with a final exhibition and performance at The Point, South Parade, looking back at the Choir’s 20 years as well as looking forward to years to come.

Choir member Anne Symon said:

This choir means so much to so many – it has become like a family. We have members from every corner of the borough. I’m really excited about working with these great artists and can’t wait to share our new songs with people across Doncaster.

If you are interested in joining Quirky Choir, or have been before and want to come back, all are welcome. Just come along to The Point, South Parade, Wednesdays 6.45 – 8.45pm. Look out for a Quirky Choir Quirkus Facebook page coming soon and follow the Quirky Choir on Twitter – @QuirkyChoir

Ian McMillan visited The Point in December to start planning the project – there was plenty of reminiscing as Ian did lots of work with darts when The Point first opened!