Welcome to the Home of The Mighty VU!
Hi! You've found VU, Worcestershire's biggest independent adult contemporary vocal group (we don't like the word 'choir'...it's so not what we do)! With 100 keen members (and growing), we've been doing our best to entertain audiences throughout the county since 2008.
Like everyone else, since in early 2020, we've been dealing with the whole virus thing and not being able to get together in person to rehearse, but we didn't let that stop us! We had weekly, full-length rehearsals online, learned new repertoire, attended weekly singing technique lessons with our M.D., and got our teeth into new skills, like recording a "virtual choir" piece for VE Day 75.
We're now back to in-person covid-safe outdoor rehearsals once a week. We'll go back inside as soon as it's safe, but right now we're really fortunate to have a place that we can use every week and we're thoroughly enjoying hearing those harmonies, seeing our friends and rehearsing for gigs again! (And there's even a roof - open sides - for when it rains).
We are a genuinely independent group, so if the franchise route isn't for you - come join us!
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We are the original 'choir that rocks'!
We're recruiting - come join us!
We sometimes get asked if we are part of one of the franchised choirs that have sprung up all over the UK and the answer is no, we're definitely not!
We love that people are enjoying their singing in whatever form they can get it, but we're very proud of being an independent, stand-alone and completely unique vocal ensemble with our own bespoke catalogue of one-off arrangements written by our Musical Director, Ria Keen (aka The Demon Diva / She Who Must Be Obeyed / Our Beloved Leader - delete where applicable).
Ria's an internationally-renowned vocal coach so we are taught to sing properly using cutting-edge vocal technique, and we're lucky to have not just her but also her industry friends come in to work with us both in performances and workshops to help us with our skills!
We revise plenty of technique as we go, and most of us think rehearsal is the highlight of the week. It's such a great stressbuster!
Most of all, it really is the best fun you can possibly have without being arrested. And that's a promise.
,We are always happy to meet new members but we totally understand that it can be a bit daunting to take the first step to join a new group - especially one as big as ours.
So the main thing is: don't panic, Mr. Mainwaring! We are the most friendly and welcoming bunch you could wish to meet (see the Meet the VU-ers page for some stories about how it feels to join and then become part of the VU family), and we all felt nervous at first.
We meet most Tuesday evenings at St. Peter's Church Hall* (although we're a secular group) and we're always delighted for people to come along and have a listen to us first, see what a rehearsal looks like and chat to some friendly folks.
If you'd like to 'try before you buy' just email us to sort out a convenient date for you to come along. Most people leave with a huge smile on their faces, eager to join in the following week!
If you know from the get-go that you would like to join, again just drop us an email and we will contact you with all the details and the how-to.
*N.B. We're currently rehearsing on a Sunday morning at our outdoor venue, but we'll be going back to evening rehearsals as soon as there's enough light (probably at some point in June).