Community Choir sings out at MADDFest

The Cockburn Community Choir took to the stage to perform alongside the talented students at Cockburn School’s MADDfest last Thursday (23 May 2024).

The choir performed three songs: the traditional Down By The Salley Gardens; Blackbird by The Beatles; and California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & the Papas.

Led by singing teacher Sophie Thiruchelvam, the choir meets once a week in term time to learn and rehearse songs. New members, of any ability, are always welcome. The aim of the choir is to enjoy singing together so there is no requirement to read music and there are no auditions.

Members of the choir have commented that:

“I suffer from anxiety and I come out of here and I feel great and I’m singing all the way home. It’s ace, I’ve been coming for a year now and I absolutely love it.”

“Sophie’s lovely and the whole group’s really friendly.”

“It helps you switch off because you can’t think about anything else while you’re concentrating on the music.”

The sessions are free and take place on Tuesdays, 5-6pm, at Cockburn School, Gipsy Lane, Beeston, LS11 5TT.

If you would like to join please email


Photo and video: Angus Smith


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