Who is SHE? – SHE is Karen!

WHO IS SHE?
My name is Karen and I’m 50.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE ARE YOU NOW?
I’m born Manchester, love it, never left, and now live in Hulme.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A PART OF SHE CHOIR
I heard about SHE through a woman at work who wanted to join a choir and had previously seen SHE, so I checked the web site and we went along together. That was about 18months ago. I loved it.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE CHOIR?
I sing mostly in the middles, although as my confidence has grown I’m now trying more with the tops. I like being part of the choir in terms of organising events too. I recently helped plan for us to all go to the Street choirs festival, I also arranged a gig at a sheltered housing scheme for the elderly, which we just loved performing at.
WHAT DO YOU DO APART FROM SINGING IN THE CHOIR?
I care for my Dad, he has Alzheimer’s, so that takes lots of my time. I also work, do mindfulness, and have holidays. I love holidays.
WHAT DOES SHE CHOIR MEAN TO YOU?
It’s for me, it’s something I love to be a part of that is so massively rewarding. My life is hectic with lots of responsibilities, so it’s just amazing I have found SHE, and SHE brings me such joy! It’s being part of something totally unique and special, being with such a variety of women. I’ve been on such a journey with SHE from feeling like I’m not good enough (can’t read music or play an instrument, can I even sing??) to feeling totally accepted and valued for what I bring.
WHATS YOUR BEST EVER SHE CHOIR MOMENT?
So many!! I have to have two, One is being part of a play called The Events, I love to perform, and we got to be part of this fantastic production. Two, is singing with 65 women at our SHE retreat this year, it was the most amazing weekend together with our sister choir SHE London.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE SHE CHOIR?
More of the same really, great rehearsals fantastic gigs, new friends, new adventures. More Sister SHE choirs developing in other locations, we need to be global. What we have is so amazing and empowering for women, we need to spread the love we have.

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