Brussels Singing Club welcomes residents to Feb. 7 meeting
A trio of Brussels musicians are working to create a new singing group for musically-inclined village residents beginning on Feb. 7.
Don Chesher, alongside Jim Lee and Zoey Onn, will be heading up the group, which will be holding its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre.
Chesher says there is no commitment to joining the group. There won’t be any performances (at least for the time being and unless the group decides it wants to perform) and the group is open to potential singers of all ages and abilities.
At that first meeting, Chesher says he hopes to have a small introduction to the group and its goals, but that the majority of the meeting will be used to do what the group is being set up to do: sing.
He says the songs will be mixed evenly between oldies, show tunes, country and popular music every first and third Wednesday of the month in the upper room of the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre.
Don says that the idea for the group came to him just before Christmas when he and his wife Dale, who sings in the Brussels United Church choir, welcomed some friends over to their house. The night quickly turned musical and ran until late into the night.
Chesher felt there might be interest in a singing group in Brussels and asked Lee and Onn if they would be involved. Onn will be the group’s conductor and Marguerite Thomas will work on some of its administration work.
He said this was something he had hoped to bring to his home community of Brussels for decades.
After travelling the world and seeing how impromptu singing parties would break out in countries like Ireland and Germany, he thought the same thing would work just as well in Canada and he wondered why it wasn’t more common.
With the help of Lee, who has been bringing music to Brussels for the last decade, and Onn, who used to teach singing, Chesher was confident the group would have a strong foundation on which to build.
Chesher says he’s hoping the group will attract a good number of people will come out on Feb. 7 and help the group start out on the right foot.
For more information about the new group, contact Chesher at 519-887-8473, Lee at 519-887-9181 or Onn at 519-887-6336.