Local resident and singing enthusiast Anne Scoggins shares the joys of her vocal hobby.
Following a poor audition for a school musical over 40 years ago, I lacked the confidence to sing in public for a long time…until five years ago when I joined Kingston Rock Choir and never looked back! Singing with the lower altos in this community choir, I immediately felt at home. We were taught pop and rock songs by Elliot Sutcliffe, our amazing choir leader, and I made some fantastic friends.
My first public gig happened at the 2016 Marsden March. I absolutely loved it and signed up for as many gigs as possible, including performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, on The Savoy stage for Children In Need with Michael Ball and other charity events. Due to the pandemic we currently have online sessions/tutorials with Elliot – many of us are really missing the gigs and amazing Rock Choir experiences but are looking forward to these resuming once restrictions are lifted.
More recently, I joined ‘Singers and Songs’, a solo singing course managed by Elaine Hallam and run in Hampton Hill by Susie Humphris and Peter St James, all of whom have had West End stage careers. This fantastic course, currently running online, is aimed at helping you find your voice.
In 2018, I brought some singers and musicians together for a concert raising money for Hampton’s Shooting Star Hospice. We created a wonderful night of music at Hampton All Saints Church; I performed a solo cover of ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele and, more importantly, the event raised over £1,800.
There is much evidence on the benefits of singing for both physical and mental health. I’m continuing my online singing but am really looking forward to the choir getting back together in-person and performing in public again! And who knows, maybe one day I’ll achieve my goal of singing in a band…