500 members of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire gathered in Nottingham’s Albert Hall on Sunday 23rd April to build a ‘Ginormous Choir’ in just a day. Those taking part included members of Rainbows (aged five to seven), Brownies (aged seven to 10), Guides (aged 10 to 14), Rangers and Senior Section (aged 14 to 25), plus adult leaders and volunteers from all over the county.
Amongst a contingent from Worksop Division was Polly Hancock, a member of 9th Worksop Guides. “I’m looking forward to singing Be Our Guest, because it’s my mum’s favourite and I went with the Guides to see Beauty and the Beast,” said Polly. “I’ve been to the Ginormous Choir before as a Brownie so I wanted to see if it was different as a Guide.”
The day’s activities were led by a team from community arts organisation Music for Everyone, who steered the scratch choir through a selection of well-loved tunes from favourite Disney movies. The morning was filled by group workshops and rehearsals, with each age group given their own songs to work on, and the event closed with an informal concert where the ‘Ginormous Choir’ sang for their families and friends.
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst sang along with the girls during rehearsals, opting to join the audience for the concert. “It was great to see so many of our members of all ages working — and singing — together,” she said. “Girlguiding is all about trying new challenges in a non-competitive, girls-only environment, which is exactly what we’ve done here today.”
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire is recruiting additional adult volunteers in order to whittle down the waiting lists and create more opportunities like the Ginormous Choir for girls and young women all over the county. Anyone interested in finding out what’s involved is invited to call 0115 987 7220 or visit www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk.