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Welcome to Unity Choir

Sing your heart out, build confidence & make friends in our feel-good sessions!

Unity is a mixed voice community choir. We are based on a Tuesday evening in the Sunderland Coalfields area of Houghton-le-Spring; half-way between Durham and Sunderland city centre, approximately 7 miles or 15 minutes from both.  We have a new Thursday morning session based at Pittington Village Hall, close to Durham city centre.

We love helping adults to find their voice and welcome all voices. No experience is necessary and complete beginners are encouraged – especially those who aren’t sure if they can sing! Our friendly vocal tutors teach us how to sing together in a range of musical styles and we leave each session with a smile.

If you love singing and socialising, then Unity is the place for you! 

Singing is a fantastic form of self-care; it calms the mind, energises the body and nurtures the soul. Try out our upbeat sessions to find your voice, make new friends and feel good.

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What people said:

"This is honestly the most friendly group I've ever been part of, I felt welcome from the moment I stepped through the door. "
Singer at Taster Session

"You can see how much they love what they're doing, their energy is infectious and makes you feel good just watching them together. "
Audience Member

"I can't sing very well but then I joined Unity and realised it really didn't matter whether I was any good anyway."

Unity Member

Tuesday - Welcome Weeks

Tuesday 3rd & 10th May , 7.15 - 9pm (Houghton)
Our Tuesday sessions are lively and energetic and the ideal place to experience singing in a choir for the first time or as a returning singer. Having run for 5 years, our Tuesday group is well established and we have around 40 singers with usually around 25-30 attending each week. Booking is essential.

Our Tuesday evening sessions take place at:
Address: The Kepier Hall, Church Street, Houghton-le-Spring
Postcode: DH4 4DN

All our venues are fully accessible. Full details and directions can be found in your booking information and on our venues page, click here.

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Thursday - Find Your Voice Course

4 Week Course starting 5th May
Thursdays, 10.15am - 12pm (Pittington)
Our daytime sessions are relaxed, uplifting and a smaller group of around 10 - 15 singers. This newly established group has recently moved to Pittington and is starting our summer with a 4 Week Find Your Voice Course as a gentle introduction to group singing for both beginners and returning voices. Booking is essential.

Thursday morning sessions take place at:
Address: Pittington Village Hall, Crossroads, High Pittington
Postcode: DH4 4DN

All our venues are fully accessible. Full details and directions can be found in your booking information and on our venues page, click here.

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We welcome new singers three times each year
At Unity we build on the music we learn each week and therefore only welcome new singers at set times, usually in January, May and September at the start of each term. If you aren't able these dates, please complete our booking form and we will let you know the next opportunity to try us out. You can choose to sing at either or both of our weekly sessions.

Pay As You Can
Thanks to the support of our funders, our sessions are subsidised. We ask all our participants to pay what they can to take part. From April 2022 Unity sessions have a minimum fee of £2 and a suggested fee of £5. Once you have completed your booking, you will be sent Pay as You Can information by email.

What to expect?

Find out what to expect along with lots more details about our sessions, our songs and our ethos on Our Sessions page.

Zoom Sessions: Online

Not all of our singers are able to attend in-person sessions, so we also offer the chance to join in online. On Tuesdays 7.15-9pm our sessions are hybrid allowing our singers at home to join in on Zoom.

Our singers join us on Zoom for a variety of reasons including childcare, transport, work patterns or when unwell or isolating. Our Zoom sessions provide complete flexibility and allow singers to choose each week whether to attend in-person or online as it suits them.

Want to attend online? Just use the sign link below. 

Unity Choir on Tour with The Singing Elf at Local Community Event

Singing

Escapism

Laughter

Friendship

Enoying one of our Zoom rehearsals during lockdown.

Pay as you Can

Unity Choir is run by The Singing Elf Social Enterprise - we are a local, not-for-profit, community organisation. Thanks to the support of our funders, our sessions are often subsidised. However, we rely on 'Pay as You Can' contributions from our singers when we are not receiving funding and  to support other aspects like our performances, social events and online community. Before the pandemic, our Unity sessions cost £5 per person. We know that for many, the pandemic has made times even harder and we are committed to keeping our sessions 'Pay as you can' for as long as possible.

From From April 2022, Unity has a minimum fee of £2 per and a suggested fee of £5 per session. Every payment you make helps us continue to reach more people in our community who otherwise would not be able to take part. Once you have completed your booking, you will be sent Pay as You Can information by email.

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Registered Office: The Old Rectory, The Broadway, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4BB, United Kingdom