As a member of a great choir called RIBBLE ROUSERS, one of our superstar volunteers, Chloe interviewed Stephanie Portersmith about her experiences as the Choir Leader. Stephanie leads a variety of choirs in other locations. When she moved to Preston 3 years ago she decided to start a local one.
The Ribble Rousers have been meeting on Monday nights for about 2 years. Currently choir practice is at Lostock Hall Library from 7pm until 8.30pm. It is an acappella group as Stephanie loves close harmony singing & the sound of human voices together. Stephanie has always sung. At the age of 4 in primary school they got her to sing Mary Mary Quite Contrary in a concert. She felt tiny on the stage & had to use a microphone because her voice was so quiet. Afterwards the headmaster told her parents to “look after that voice”, so he must have heard something promising.
Ribble Rousers is an adult choir, but if you were 15, say, & very keen you would be welcomed. Stephanie tells me that choir membership is open to everyone. If you can more or less hold a tune that is all you need. There are no auditions & it’s lots of fun; there are lots of laughs & she encourages particpants to perform which focuses people & gets the best out of them. She says that choir realises how beneficial it is to perform, especially as the public appreciates it.
The RIBBLE ROUSERS often perform with two of Stephanie’s other choirs, BOLTON BELTERS & SOUNDSKILLS SONGSTER (from Brookfield in Preston). The last multi-choir performance was at the Harris Library & Museum. Afterwards, Stephanie was delighted to get an email saying what an incredible performance it had been.
Stephanie explains that singing is good for you as it helps your breathing / your heart – because you are giving it more to do. Group singing gives a great sense of camaraderie which improves your well-being.
Please go along & see how much fun the choir has.