“When I discovered Newman had a choir, I jumped at the opportunity. It had been 13 years since I was last a Soprano, so I was eager to reignite this passion. It was initially over Zoom because of Covid-19, but everyone was so welcoming and friendly!
“Becoming a member of Newman Sings helped me greatly in developing a sense of belonging to the Newman community and has hugely grown my confidence. I was suffering from social anxiety, so to go from finding it really difficult to talk to anyone, to now performing in front of audiences is incredible. Rehearsals are a real staple of the week, what’s not to love – a good sing song, laughter and smiles all round. It is also a chance to meet other students from different courses, staff and alumni which adds so much to the university experience. The feeling when you go on stage with everyone is nothing short of magic.
“I could never have imagined I’d be performing with fellow choristers from Newman sings, Birmingham City Council Choir and Colla Voce in front of so many people at the Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting. I found myself stood with the Lord Mayor, Council leader and West Midlands Lord Lieutenant, a memory that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.