Focus on ...... - 1st September 2017

Sylvia Williams. Vice Chair

This week we focus on another member of our One Voice Community Choir, Family.


Sylvia Williams 


Hey Sylvia, so how long have you been in the choir?


I joined the choir in January 2014 and I've loved it so much that I wanted to give something back, so earlier this year, in January I was appointed as Vice Chair of the committee. 


Wow, that sounds an impressive role!


Well, my role involves supporting and covering for the Committee Chair when required and working with the committee to ensure the success and sustainability of One Voice Community Choir. At the end of the day, the committee is there to support the choir. 


You must keep very busy then.


I do! I also have a role liaising with a working group of One Voice volunteers on a sub-committee which has been formed to develop a project to involve communities and groups across Preston in a Concert for Peace in 2018. 


The Concert for Peace sounds like it's going to be poignant.


We really hope it will be! It's a celebration of Peace and I can't say too much at this stage but we are hoping it will involve a series of events and diversity of groups around Preston - watch this space!


What made you join the Choir? Are you a professional singer?


Ha! No but I have always loved singing.  During my 20s and early 30s I was involved in amateur musicals but, as so often happens, work and family commitments meant I did no singing at all for 25 years.  I watched OVCC perform a concert at The Museum of Lancashire in 2012 and was totally inspired. My claim to fame is performing on the stage at Preston Guild Hall a few years ago in the play ‘When We Are Married’ on behalf of The Charity Players who were raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice.  It’s quite scary performing in a venue that holds an audience of up to 800 people!


When you're not singing with the choir, what do you do?


Well I'm semi-retired but previously worked for 10 years in adult community learning.  For 5 years before that I managed community radio projects, designing and delivering radio training to volunteers at two community radio stations in Manchester.   In the years before that I undertook a variety of customer service and training roles in the commercial sector.  I retired from my work role last year.  However, I have just this week acquired a part time job for one day a week at a local estate agents showing prospective buyers around houses.  Sounds like fun!


How would you sum up the Choir?


The choir is a collection of real, everyday people from so many different walks of life and backgrounds. It’s that amazing diversity that makes it buzz.  Performing with One Voice evokes a magical feeling that spreads to every single person in the room whether they be on the stage or taking part in the audience. 




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