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Meet SHE: Lois

Next up it’s Lois, a top who has been in SHE for almost 2 years.

Tell us about your first rehearsal.

We did Ne-Yo and I instantly loved it. It’s one of my fave songs from being a teen.

Had you been in a choir before?

At school but not for very long.

What’s your power animal?

One of my fave animals are penguins. And I guess we have things in common. I also like to huddle up. I like finding nice pebbles. And I have a weird walk.

You hate it when…

The skin bit on popcorn gets stuck at the back of your tongue. People stand in front of the escalator when they get off.

What have you learnt from your SHE sisters?

Everyone has their own story and you should never assume you have someone all sussed out. And be kind to yourself.

What can people learn about from you?

How to throw a pot. How to make the BEST roast potatoes. And brownies.

What’s the story behind your name?

My mum had lentil soup the night before I was born and wanted to call me Lentil and my dad refused, luckily. So for ages I just didn’t have a name and then he just came through the door one day and was like Lois?

What’s your dream boxset/takeaway combo?

Gaggh too many. The Bridge. Friends. Weeds. And probably either Mexican or Thai.

Praise a fellow SHEwolf.

Everyone! We’re all great. If I have to choose… Elena for always creating amazing arrangements with beautiful harmonies and having the best wardrobe. Harriet for being so lovely. Abby for being pregnant whilst conducting/dancing to No Diggity. I will never forget the hilarity of that situation.

Without SHE…

I would not have realised how special and important it is to have a group of women friends.

 

Meet SHE: Beth

This week we’re meeting Beth, a bottom who has been in SHE for a year and a bit.

Tell us about your first rehearsal.

I was so nervous I barely remember it! I do remember leaving with a warm glow though!

What’s your number one shower hit?

Frosty the Snowman, whatever time of year. Context-dependent memory is the worst.

What’s your power animal?

A meerkat. Strength in numbers and always on the lookout for each other.

Where’s your happy place?

The Tate Modern. Hands down my favourite place in the whole world.

What’s your dream boxset/takeaway combo?

The Office US/vegan pizza.

Praise a fellow SHEwolf.

Difficult to pick just one! Elena for her uncanny ability to always know what we should be doing in every song, Bianca for her moves and Naomi for a lower range I can only dream of.

You love it when…

The tube door opens right where you are standing. Still satisfying after two and a half years in London.

What would be your fantasy arrangement?

A medley through country’s greatest singers – I’m talking George Jones, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Hank and Willie. Please, someone indulge me.

Without SHE…

I simply wouldn’t be singing.

Meet SHE: Marleigh

World, meet Marleigh – a bottom who has been in SHE for about two years.

Tell us about your first rehearsal.

I remember just knowing that I absolutely had to go back. I felt like I’d uncovered some amazing secret hub of awesomeness and it was totally addictive. I think I sang really, really quietly for the first month, though.

Had you been in a choir before?

I was in a choir at school, but I had to pretend to be able to read music to be in it, so I felt like I was blagging it quite a lot. We also had to wear these really cheap shirts to concerts that were lilac and showed up ALL THE SWEAT PATCHES. I once stuck panty liners to the underarms in the hope that it would hide it. I just rustled a lot. Oh, puberty…

What’s your power animal?

A springbok. They’re very bouncy (I also bounce a lot).

What’s your most niche hobby?

I’ve recently got really into calligraphy, although I’m not very good at it. It’s surprisingly mindful and soothing.

What’s your dream boxset/takeaway combo?

Peep Show and a good Thai takeaway.

What’s the story behind your name?

Everyone thought I was going to be a boy for reasons unknown so I was going to be Marley, after Bob, but then I was a girl, so they decided that Marleigh was more feminine.

Praise a fellow SHEwolf.

Tashinga never fails to make me laugh, even when I’m in an uber-grump. She has the best, most infectious smile and an awesome sense of humour.

What’s your greatest weakness?

Anything with sugar in it, and jazzy trousers.

What would be your superpower?

I would really like to have Bernard’s watch. It would be so handy.

What can people learn about from you?

How to make a mean curry.

Without SHE…

My singing would be limited to when I’m doing the hoovering/drying my hair and I wouldn’t have such an incredible group of amazing women in my life.

Meet SHE: Sophie


Continuing our new series of interviews with the choir members, Sophie is a top who has been in SHE Choir London for four years.

Tell us about your first rehearsal.

My first rehearsal was back in 2012 in the Manchester choir. We warmed up with the chorus from “Lucky” by Britney Spears then learned this amazing arrangement of a Hot Chip song. I knew I’d found something special.

Had you been in a choir before SHE?

Yes, I was in a classical choir at university, but nothing like SHE! I’m in a classical chamber choir at work and am having to re-learn how to sing classically after years of only singing pop with SHE…

You love it when…

I teach an arrangement for the first time and hear my favourite bits sung back at me by this room full of amazing women.

What’s your power animal?

Dogs, in the sense that they have the power to distract me from whatever I’m doing or saying.

What’s your party trick?

I do a semi-convincing impression of James Blunt.

What have you learnt from your SHE sisters?

I’ve learnt how to teach a song, how to share a bit of myself and sing in front of people. Before SHE I would never have dreamed of singing at full belt in front of a group of friends and strangers.

What do you miss from your childhood?

Not very much. There were some bad haircuts back then. Can I say house prices?

What’s your favourite SHE number?

Selfishly I loved when we did Poison by Alice Cooper, but Elena’s version of Forget by Lianne la Havas is up there.

What’s the story behind your name?

I was named after my great aunt. She lived to 104 so I am quite optimistic about my chances.

Without SHE…

I would never have discovered this enormous part of my identity. I would also never have learnt all the words to No Diggity.

Meet SHE: Lara

Kicking off our new series of interview posts where we get to know the choir better, Lara is a ‘mostly middle’ who has been in SHE for almost two years.

Tell us about your first rehearsal.

I thought, these girls are a lot cooler than me. And I didn’t know if I’d stick with it – having mostly been friends with boys growing up, I was a little freaked out by the all-women experience, and how different it is learning without any prompts in front of you. What an idiot! Happily the magic of SHE won me over just before we reached capacity and the waiting list started.

Had you been in a choir before SHE?

Endlessly, at school and uni. But I’ve never been in a choir like SHE.

What’s your power animal?

A giraffe. They’re lovely, but don’t take shit from anybody, including lions.

You love it when…

You buy a skirt and it turns out to have pockets. Or you put on jeans you haven’t worn in months and there’s a fiver in there.

You hate it when…

You step on a snail and hear the crunching noise but it’s too late to stop 🙁

Praise a fellow SHEwolf.

The first name that pops into my head is Ruby. She puts up with all of my “notes” for the middles, she nods sympathetically in all the right places during my sob stories and she is absolutely on it musically. She just quietly supports everyone and works hard to make us feel better, vocally and personally.

You always cry when…

Epic battles happen in films – I’m a history graduate.

What’s your dream boxset/takeaway combo?

Orange is the New Black with Italian from next door.

What have you learnt from your SHE sisters?

To listen and learn. That if you are insanely supportive of people, they won’t disappoint. That female friendship doesn’t have to be the dark, complicated thing society often makes it. And about everything from enzymes to herbal medicine!

What’s the story behind your name?

My mum is a huge fan of the film Dr Zhivago. Lara is Zhivago’s mistress and true love and Tanya (my sister) is his childhood friend and wife. I still can’t decide which of us got the raw deal there.

Without SHE…

Monday would just be that crap day at the start of the week, and I would be short thirty friends who inspire me.