A BEWDLEY choir will be uniting people through song after announcing a summer 'get everyone singing' campaign to mark Friendship Day.

The Got 2 Sing choir will kick-of the campaign on August 6 for three weeks and again in September, encouraging people to join the group, make friends. and boost self-esteem to tackle growing feelings of loneliness in adults.

Group founder and leader Beth Dunn said: “Singing in a choir is recognised as a social activity, involving processes of co-operation and co-ordination.

“Regular attendance for rehearsals motivates people to be physically active and the social support and friendships made through choir promote a sense of wider ‘community’, social inclusion and belonging.

“Statistics show that loneliness is on the increase and what we want to do through choir is to reach out to those people and show them how singing can have a positive impact on their wellbeing.”

The group regularly meet on Wednesday evenings at Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm, and offer a free taster session for people to decide if it suits them.

People of any ability can take part to develop their vocal technique, learn to sing in harmony, and perform live - with new members having the opportunity to sing at Birmingham Symphony Hall for their 2019 concert.

Beth said: “We’re not quite your typical ‘stand behind the music’ type of choir - we sing wonderful, popular songs in at least three-part harmony and put some movement to the songs to bring them to life – whilst having a lot of fun too!

"I’m really excited about getting people singing this summer and seeing lots of new friendships made in the process!”