MicWire began almost a year ago on 10thMay 2017. To start this project, we were granted £500 from A Vision for Crewe to be put towards the cost of publicity and advertising.
Fast forward one year and we now have 40 regular attendees – about 25 each week and with over 60 on the mailing list!
In the past year we have performed for local community events, charity campaigns and even a few paid gigs including:
- The Nantwich Show 2017
- The Big Day Out 2017
- Kath’s Strawberry Tea for Breast Cancer Care
- Redshift Radio with David Foulkes
- The Crewe Twin Town Celebrations with Macon
- Wychwood Village Hall Community Charity Day for Alzheimers Society
- The NSPCC Singers – Singing Christmas Carols in Crewe Tesco
- The Broad Street Project with Oli Ng and friends
- Richmond Retirement Village
- St Mary’s Church Alsager for Wild Hearts via Barclays Apprentices
How we are fulfilling A Vision for Crewe Criteria:
Building Alliances – as the choir continues to grow, we welcome singers (and non singers) from all walks of life. Regularly, the concerts we perform are arranged by people in the choir or their friends and we have been lucky enough to perform not only in Crewe, but in our neighbouring towns and villages too. This has led us to meet so many new people, new audiences and make lots of new friends. The MicWire Network is growing slowly but surely and we are proud to be asked to return and sing again for the event organisers.
The Choir have also arranged and enjoyed other social activities outside of rehearsal too including:
- Tropic Party x 2
- Karaoke Night
- Christmas Party
Enabling the community – we welcome singers from everywhere and at all ages. It is usually our own choir members who introduce us to new singing opportunities and open the door to performance and fundraising possibilities. Whilst the choir always welcomes new members, we often host workshops that are aimed at involving everybody in the local and wider community, even if they have never sang in a choir before or cannot commit to our regular rehearsals.
We have hosted:
- Aretha Franklin Workshop
- The Big Day Out – Sam Smith Workshop
- Performance Anxiety Workshop
- Coming soon: Brazilian Drumming Workshop (watch this space!)
Improve health – research proves that singing is fantastic for health and it enriches the lives of peple who are immersed in song both as a performer and listener. Singing releases endorphoins that make us feel great, reduces the stress hormone cortisol and is proven to help stave off diseases such as Parkinson and Alzheimer. Singing is fantastic for lung health as well as general health and wellbeing.
Empower young people – Our ‘older’ choir members refer to MicWire as the young choir, but truthfully I think MicWire is empowering for everybody who is a part of it! There is a fantastic vibe, we always have a good time and we always get a lot of work done. Some of our music has been quite straightforward whereas other songs have been much more challenging. The group are really supportive and we let everyone take to the mic and offer opportunities to choir members to sing solos in our concerts as well.
Stimulate arts and culture – Music and arts is something I am personally truly passionate about. I see first hand how much music can benefit us both individually and as part of the wider community and am delighted that MicWire is able to contribute to the growing arts and culture community in Crewe.
Develop pride – I think I can safely say that our members are all very proud to be a part of MicWire. Collectively, we are always entheusiastic to sing at local events and regularly find new opportunities to perform. I am so proud to direct such an incredible group of friendly, hard working and talented singers.
Live, learn and love to be in Crewe – Many of our members live in Crewe or its suburbs. Some members are singing for the first time sing school whereas others have sang their whole life. Some of our singers are professional musicians and others have never tried singing before. We love to learn new music and we embrace new challenges. We are currently learning an acapella song in 6 part harmony which is taking a long time and three of the choir are currently planning a drum workshop for June 2018. This will enable members to try something new, play around with rhythm and pulse, learn about Latin and Brazilian beats alongside attempting drumming as a new skill.
After our rehearsals, we are frequently to be found in the local pub, Hops. It’s not just a choir on Wednesday night, MicWire is a real feel-good evening of socializing, laughter and enjoyment.
We would all like to thank A Vision for Crewe for their grant to help make this dream a reality – bringing this successful choir project into fruition. It was an honour to be asked to speak at the council meeting in April alongside many other grant money recipients from the town. It’s really incredible and humbling to learn what is happening in Crewe as a result of the town council funding injected into culture, empowerment, and enablement.
As a choir we are very much looking forward to Year 2 and looking forward to performing at more local events. Living, learning and loving being in Crewe.
See you soon 🙂