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 in the Sunderland Coalfields area of Houghton-le-Spring; half-way between Durham and Sunderland city centres, approximately 7 miles or 15 minutes from both.
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. "
"I can't sing very well but then I joined Unity and realised it really didn't matter whether I was any good anyway."
Joyful Jingles Welcome Weeks
Joyful Jingles - five weeks of festive fun with easy, uplifting songs that get your toes tapping and ease you into Christmas. After attending our welcome weeks, new singers are invited to sing with us weekly at either our Tuesday or Thursday sessions, before both groups join together for a daytime singalong and festive social gathering on Saturday 4th December, all at Kepier Hall. Joyful Jingles is our last set of singing sessions this year. We will welcome new singers again when we return from the Christmas break in January 2022.
The next opportunity to try us out is at our Welcome Sessions in November. We ask new singers to attend at least one of our welcome weeks to see if you'd like to sing with us during our Winter Term.
Tuesday 2nd November, 7.15pm
Thursday 4th November, 10.30am
Tuesday 9th November, 7.15pm
Thursday 11th November, 10.30am
This will be the last opportunity to join us until after Christmas, as we build on the music we learn each week and therefore only welcome new singers at set times.
All 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.
What to expect?
Find Your Voice: September - October
Since September, we have been running our 'Find Your Voice' course across the Sunderland Coalfields. We started with some taster sessions in lots of local community venues, which helped people to come along and give singing with us a try. Then, we met every Tuesday evening and Thursday morning to build on what we had started.
Out taster sessions took place in Philadelphia Cricket Club, Hetton and Eppleton Community Centre, Easington Lane Community Access Point, St. Aidan's Community Centre in New Herrington, Penshaw Community Centre and Kepier Hall, Houghton. Our regular sessions then continued at Kepier Hall.
We have welcomed 70 singers over this time, all with different levels of experience.
As our regular sessions build on what we learned in the Taster Sessions, they are not open to brand-new singers. However, don't worry if you have not been able to sing with us yet - In November, you will be able to join us at our Welcome Weeks.
Zoom Sessions: Online
Not all of our singers are able to attend in-person sessions and therefore we also offer the chance to join in online. On Tuesdays 7.15-9pm our sessions are hybrid - broadcasting live on Zoom to allow our online singers to see, hear and interact with the live, in-person session by joining in from their home.
Everyone has their own COVID comfort level and not all of us are ready to return in-person yet. 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.
'Pay as you feel' donations
Our Find Your Voice sessions are fully funded by Sunderland City Council, and are FREE to attend. You may choose to make a 'Pay as you feel' donation during booking or at any time that suits you during the project.
Unity Choir is run by The Singing Elf Social Enterprise - we are a local, not-for-profit, community organisation. Some of our projects receive funding but not all of our work is covered. We rely on donations to help our singing continue even when we aren't 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 feel' for as long as possible.
©2019 The Singing Elf
The Singing Elf Ltd, Trading as The Singing Elf Social Enterprise, Company No. 12246373.
Registered Office: The Old Rectory, The Broadway, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4BB, United Kingdom