Find your voice with Sweet Honi
PUBLISHED: 18:30 07 September 2016
Honiton’s rock and pop choir Sweet Honi will be celebrating its fifth anniversary.
New singers are being invited to Sweet Honi’s taster session on Monday, September 19.
There is no audition and no requirement to read music as all parts are available online.
Sweet Honi was set up in 2011 by director Andy Hague following his retirement from Richard Huish College, where he taught music and performance studies and ran several choirs.
Andy said: “After retiring, I missed the interaction that teaching brings. I thought that it would be fun to set up a community choir in Honiton; I’d already had lots of experience in composing and arranging as a teacher and also as director of Sidmouth Gospel choir.”
Sweet Honi sings rock classics from Motown to medleys of the Beatles and Adele to Greenday.
Singers are always free to suggest favourite songs for Andy Hague to arrange.
Andy said: “What sets Sweet Honi apart from other choirs is the friendly, family atmosphere.
‘New members feel instantly welcome and there is always plenty of help on hand.”
Currently, membership costs £50 per ten-week term.
Each rehearsal lasts two hours and going to the pub afterwards is optional.
Although sheet music is provided, you don’t have to be able to read music notation.
All parts are recorded so members can listen to their part and learn by singing along with it.
Sweet Honi has a reputation for exciting live performances at festivals and in The Beehive, often with a seven-part rock band.
And these gigs have raised thousands of pounds for local charities.
Andy said: “I really believe that the ability to sing is common to us all, across all ages and cultures.
“Honi contains lots of people who came saying ‘I can’t sing’.
“What’s needed is a supportive environment, a bit of courage and some practise.
“I really want to get people away from just settling down before the TV. Life is about trying new experiences, meeting new people – and finding your voice.”
The choir meets at Honiton Methodist Church, off New Street at 7.30pm on Monday, September 19.