West End comes to Marlborough as call goes out for singers

A touch of the West End is coming to Marlborough. This thanks to a singing coach to the stars, who is setting up a musical theatre choir for adults. Rachel Lynes, who spent ten years performing lead roles in London’s West End, has put the call out for enthusiastic singers to join the new choir.

Rachel, from near Pewsey, said the choir is open to keen singers who love musical theatre, and want the chance to work with a professional voice coach. All whilst enjoying ‘belting out show tunes.’ 

NB: Sing Space is NOT a community choir – it’s a business.

Rachel Lynes - West End Comes to Marlborough
Rachel Lynes

What the singers will learn

The singers will learn how to get the most from their voice. We will cover breathing, resonance, posture and range. We’re looking for people who are super enthusiastic about musical theatre,” Rachel said.

Singing is so good for mental health. We all benefit from singing and from the social aspect of singing together. People have told me singing is the best part of their week, and that it relieves stress. I know what joy singing can bring and I want to enable as many people as possible to experience that joy.’

Launch day is on January 17 at Marlborough College. The choir will meet weekly for 90 minutes, with a view to a potential London performance in the summer.

Rachel is vocal coach to many of our best known West End stars, and founder of The Sing Space – connecting singers with opportunities like this new choir.

The sing space

‘Through The Sing Space we help everyone from Olivier Award winning West End performers to very nervous beginners. So there is something for everybody,” said Rachel. 

‘Although we’re a global community, I wanted to bring The Sing Space to my local area, as well as relaunching our London branch.’

There’s a limit on numbers for the Marlborough choir , to ensure retention of distance as a Covid precaution. The termly fee is £115, and there are scholarships available.

Rachel added: ‘We’ve chosen the venue at Marlborough College because it’s large and well-ventilated. That helps us to keep people as safe as possible. Each session will also be live-streamed. That means that anyone who can’t make a session in person can still join in, from our private members group which will contain all music and lyrics.’

During the first term, the choir will learn hits ranging from Chicago to Carole King. At the end of each 90-minute session, there will be some free time to take ‘showtune’ requests that people can sing together.

For more details about how to sign up for the Marlborough choir, visit https://thesingspace.com/ or email Rachel on rachel@thesingspace.com

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