The choir started in April 2014 as a Women's Institute choir and evolved into a strong mixed community choir with members from all walks of life.
We pride ourselves on our welcoming environment, eclectic repertoire and the amount of laughter that accompanies our rehearsals.
In September 2017, Sing17 started a day choir for people who required or preferred to sing in the daylight hours. The choir folded post-pandemic but some of the members merged into the evening choirs and it still holds a dear place in our hearts.
In January 2020, Laura took on the leadership of the Mixtape Choir from Rosie Dow. This choir had already been running for two years and has a strong membership of pop, soul and 80s bangers enthusiasts!
In September 2022, Laura made the decision to merge the Monday and Wednesday choir to form one huge Sing17 mega choir.
Sing17 is very much made up of local people of different ages and abilities. We love to collaborate with other community groups whether it's a choir festival, care home singalong, or local event.
We have two mascots. One is the delightful 'Shirley' one of our wonderful member's vintage route master bus. The other is 'Tia'a rescued Staffordshire Bull terrier who belonged to choir leader Laura but who is now in doggy heaven. She lives on in our singing! You can see both of them featured in our logo!
(logo design by creativehannah.co.uk)
Laura Forbes - Choir Founder & Leader
Laura is Sing17's founder and conductor.
It's all about 'serious fun' - Laura strives to create a relaxed and informal environment for people to discover their voices and supports them to reach a high standard of singing whilst enjoying being part of a strong community.
A Music teacher by day, specialising in working with people with learning and physical disabilities, Laura breaks any barriers when it comes to people wanting to sing in a choir.
Photo by www.paulreadphotography.com
The unofficial Choir committee!
Anne - Right hand woman
Anne is first to welcome new members to the choirs and fill them in on what's what. Along with helping with the admin, Anne has moved Sing17 from strength to strength by suggesting and making links with charities we can fundraise and perform for, approaching communities to collaborate with and making sure Sing17 are on the gig map!
Leigh - Left hand woman
Like Anne, Leigh has been in the choir since day dot. She is passionate about London life and making sure the choir mark important events such as the WW1 centenary and Remembrance day. When Leigh's elderly neighbour passed away without any family the choir sang at her funeral.
Leigh enjoys rewriting lyrics to reflect Waltham Forest life and will pull out her vinyl collection at the drop of a hat for a listening party.