All Aloud! was set up in 2011 as part of a county-wide community singing project called ‘Singing Surrey’. The aim of the choir is quite simply to give people who like to sing an opportunity to do so, whether they have a background of music or not.
People of all abilities get regular singing practice and the opportunity to learn different styles of music and gain new singing skills. Sessions are informal and members rehearse and perform a wide variety of music ranging from African lullabies to modern pop songs.
It is not necessary to be able to read music to join and there are no auditions. All ages from 16 upwards are welcome.
The choir is led by a community musician, who is enthusiastic about singing and committed to the aims of the choir.
Funded initially by a grant and assistance from Arts Partnership Surrey (http://www.artspartnershipsurrey.org.uk), and a donation from the Surrey Police Property Fund the choir is now independent and run by and for its members.
All Aloud! is the very grateful recipient of a recent grant from the Thomas Flack Trust Fund (http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=9100). As a non-profit community initiative, All Aloud! met the criteria for the receipt of a grant from the Fund, which was set up to offer funding for the general benefit of residents in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Bookham and Fetcham. The grant application was based on a submission from the choir to enable it to increase its numbers, through publicity, to share the health and wellbeing benefits we've found, and to share the fun we have as a group with more people, especially those who have no experience of choirs or who don't necessarily want the formality of a choral society or rock choir.
We are also very grateful to have received grants from Surrey County Council. The grants come from the 'Members Allocation Funds'. These funds are allocated to Surrey County Councillors to make available to residents, voluntary and community organisations to provide activities that benefit local people.
Local county councillors, Tim Hall (Leatherhead & Fetcham East) and Clare Curran (Bookham and Fetcham West) supported the application from the choir, and both made available some of their Members Allocation to make up the grant.