New Diss group for singers who don’t like choirs

Do you sing along to the radio in the car or like to belt out a tune while in the shower?

Then a new musical group, which began in Diss yesterday afternoon, may be up your street.

Discord is aimed at adults who love singing but do no want the pressure of performing in a professional choir.

According to founder Michael Dann, the aim is for members to meet once a week to learn vocal techniques and enjoy singing a range of songs from contemporary pop to big musical numbers. The keyboard player and music teacher said interest in the group had already been 'really good' and about 40 people turned up for his inaugural session.

'The aim is to have a singing group for everyone. It is not a choir. There's none of this perception that you have to be able to sing or know what you're doing. This brings people together who just like to let rip sometimes and find a voice,' he said.

'There's proven medical research that singing in a group is mentally rewarding and physically because you learn how to breath. It brings together all walks of life, from teenagers to pensioners, to have a sing and improve their well being without the pressure.'

If successful, Mr Dann hopes the group will be able to arrange a concert in the future to raise funds for local causes.

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Discord meets every Wednesday, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, at Diss Methodist Church. Each session costs �3.50.

For more information, visit www.michaeldann.co.uk