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Welcome to North East England’s first

Workplace Choir of the Year Competition.

Businesses are being urged to make their staff happier through song, by signing up for the North East’s first Workplace Choir of the Year contest. 

Durham Music Service is offering to help companies set up and run their own workplace choirs who will go on to perform Christmas carols at Ushaw College and compete at Durham Cathedral.

Cllr Olwyn Gunn Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People's Services said:

“Singing triggers all four happiness hormones – dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin – and being in a choir is a great way of bringing colleagues together from different departments and from the boardroom to the shop floor. When you sing together each voice is as important as the next. It’s an extremely unifying experience and the ultimate team building activity.”

Durham Music Service will create a bespoke Workplace Choir programme for all firms signing up. We’ll meet with you to discuss how to maximise the benefits of your workplace choir and help choose and arrange songs to get the best experience for your singers. You’ll be supported at each step of the process by one of our talented Workplace Choir Conductors who will lead an initial taster session and all subsequent rehearsals and performances.

Your Workplace Choir will get the chance to perform a Christmas Carol Concert at Ushaw College and to sing at Durham Cathedral with other workplace choirs as part of Durham Vocal Festival 2019 and the North East’s first ever Workplace Choir Competition. We will provide technical, sound, lighting and creative support to ensure that your performances are really enjoyable and a huge success.

Choirs generally practice once a week for an hour for 15 weeks at a time and place to suit your business (before work, lunch hour or after work) and all our choirs have lots of fun and informal performance opportunities. Our choirs typically range from 12 – 50 members (although they can be much bigger !) and you’ll get the opportunity to sing across a diverse range of musical genres from Abba to Handel performing both individually and jointly with other participating choirs.

Michael Summers, who manages Durham Music Service said:

“There is considerable scientific evidence that starting a workplace choir has great benefits for businesses including improved staff happiness and togetherness, improved teamwork, reduced workplace stress and sickness levels. It’s also a great way to boost talent recruitment and retention and a unique opportunity for businesses to celebrate the talents of their employees. We are incredibly lucky in Durham that we have magnificent venues like Durham Cathedral and Ushaw College that can ignite musical aspiration and provide happy experiences and memories for many years to come.” 

Our full programme costs £4500 + VAT which includes all costs linked to the rehearsals, performances, venue hire, lighting and sound and judging / other staffing costs to deliver this exciting and productive team building choir for your business.

Any business interested in signing up for the Workplace Choir scheme should contact Durham Music Service by calling 03000 267208 or emailing [email protected] 



Notes for Editors

Durham Music Service provides musical opportunities for pupils throughout County Durham and Darlington supported by funding from Arts Council England, local schools and other public / private sector funding. We’re one of the biggest Music Hubs in the country providing high quality and inclusive musical opportunities for over 18,000 pupils a week from over 300 schools across Darlington and County Durham.

 We have 34 ensembles including a range of orchestras, choirs, wind and brass bands as well as percussion, strings and special school ensembles. Over the last 12 months we’ve delivered a series of high profile and community musical events with an audience exceeding 50,000 from all sectors of our community. 

We work in partnership with Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council to facilitate world class performance and learning opportunities for pupils of all abilities. Quality and progression is at the heart of all we do, ensuring that pupils get the most out of their music making and that there is always a clear progression route to foster aspiration and challenge within their learning. From pupils in early years provision, sixth form students and those with individual learning needs, DMS strives to make sure every pupil gains insight and depth in their musical education. 

For further information please click the following link: 43487_CYPS_DMS_Choir_Competition_A4.pdf