New Illawarra community choir for women

WOW: The Acquired Taste choir is looking for more women to join their group starting  with a meeting at the Unanderra Hotel on January 17 at 6pm. The choir will meet weekly on Wednesdays at the hotel. Picture: Supplied
WOW: The Acquired Taste choir is looking for more women to join their group starting with a meeting at the Unanderra Hotel on January 17 at 6pm. The choir will meet weekly on Wednesdays at the hotel. Picture: Supplied

The team behind Circus WOW has begun a cultural community choir for Illawarra women of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore the joy of sound and song.

Spokeswoman Fiona McKay said the circus is about nurturing women and celebrating creative potential but sometimes people’s bodies no longer allow them to express themselves physically so the choir was created to compensate.

“For some, it was just something they wanted to do, but for others ... it was a way they could still engage with the circus community in a real way. If some women feel that way, there must be others out there in our community who feel the same,” Ms McKay said.

“The choir gives a great opportunity for a gentle work out for lungs, as well as the rest of the benefits, even for those who are disabled, injured or elderly, but all in a supportive community.”

She said the health benefits of singing in a group setting included stress relief, social connections, plus it boosts confidence and mental alertness.

No auditions are needed for Acquired Taste which will explore singing, vocalisation and body percussion. The group will meet on Wednesdays at the Unanderra Hotel (from January 17 onwards).

It’s one several community choirs around the region including: Out of the Blue Singers based in Wollongong, Katandra based in Shellharbour, Wollongong Harmony Chorus and the Arcadians Lamplighters Male Choir.