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Community choir to be started in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 12:18 19 February 2011 | UPDATED: 12:18 19 February 2011

Just One Voice at the 02 Arena

Just One Voice at the 02 Arena

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A locally born West End producer is bringing his community stage choir project to Norwich.

Tony Story, a producer with over 40 West End variety concert credits to his name set up the ‘Just one Voice’ community choir project in great Yarmouth with the intention of instilling confidence in young people and adults through ensemble singing.

On February 1 he took a choir made up of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft locals to the 02 arena in London, to perform in a show as part of a 7,000 strong mass choir and now he is looking to give Norwich locals the chance to be involved in something similar.

The show, entitled ‘Voice in a Million’ was designed to raise awareness of the plight of children orphaned, abandoned or separated from their birth parents and in need of foster care or adoption.

Mr Story said: “I’ve seen what effect the opportunity to perform on a major stage or just a local one can have.

“Within a choir individuals can develop their confidence and self esteem without the added pressure of individual performance.

“Someone gave me an opportunity and I wanted to do the same for others. A lot of youngsters don’t realise that they have the talent.”

Matthew Carver, from Lowestoft, was among those which sang at the 02 arena. Now 19, he was trained by Mr. Story from the age of 12 and is now charged with running the continuing project in Yarmouth.

“The best word to describe singing at the 02 is overwhelming. It was extra special to be there with good friends, I was proud of them and proud of myself to be there.

“If you sing in the shower or in front of the mirror then you should come and meet like minded people and have a bigger experience,” he said.

The choir intend to support worthwhile causes through participation in public performances. Several events are planned throughout the year and Tony is looking for new members to join the team and be part of the magic.

Mr Story is in talks with Framingham Earl High school about the usage of their hall for classes. The classes will run on Friday Evenings, 5pm to 6.15pm for juniors and 6.30pm to 8pm for seniors

For more information about the Norwich classes visit justonevoice.co.uk or call 07828 171580.

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