Back to the 40s with Gaynor’s group

Gaynor Sutcliffe, Ribble Valley Music
Gaynor Sutcliffe, Ribble Valley Music

Anyone who can play music or fancies singing in a group is being invited to join the new Ribble Valley 1940s Music Group.

Formed by Ribble Valley Music and based at Christ Church, Chatburn, the new group will be led by professional musician Gaynor Sutcliffe, and will learn music and songs from the 1940s.

In addition to the social benefits, it has been found there is also a lot to be gained from the emotional, physical and mental health benefits that music provides

Ribble Valley Music organiser Clive Greenwood

Gaynor will lend her expertise from her teaching career and professional performances in a fun environment without anyone being put on the spot or being asked to sing or play solo, unless they wish to.

Gaynor said: “I am really excited about setting up a music group.

“It will really be great to give people the opportunity to come together and have fun singing and playing music.

“There is a wealth of music from the 1940s that is popular with a lot of people, both to perform and to listen to, and I am sure there are people who could well have hidden talents yet to be discovered.”

The new group provides an opportunity for people of all ages to make friends and enjoy performing music in a fun, informal environment, with no auditions and no need to read music.

There are also possibilities for the development of behind the scene activities such as make-up and props to create a 1940s experience.

Ribble Valley Music organiser Clive Greenwood said: “It is often said music brings people together. In addition to the social benefits, it has been found there is also a lot to be gained from the emotional, physical and mental health benefits that music provides.”

Anyone is welcome and the first session is a free taster for trial and without obligation.

Further sessions are £5 each on a pay as you go basis.

Weekly sessions will take place from 7 to 8-30 pm on Wednesdays at the recently refurbished and improved Christ Church Chatburn from April 22nd until July 15th.

Registration forms can be obtained by ringing 01254 384893 or by email to cliveandbarbara@btinternet.com