Where have all the male singers gone?

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Campbeltown has no shortage of people who enjoy singing, as Paula McLean found out when she was asked to offer group singing as an evening class.

Plenty of ladies turned up, full of enthusiasm. No prior experience was necessary and no one was turned away. The group’s progress led to the formation of two ladies’ choirs – The Upbeats and One Voice.

Paula’s ambition to have a mixed-voice choir led her to recruit some men but, try as she might, only a handful have agreed to take part.

The small number of men made a balanced choir difficult to achieve and even harder when one of the men was unavailable.

Paula said: ‘Even so, we managed to perform in a number of successful charity concerts with the men singing in the mixed choir and also as an all-male group. The ladies’ choirs are going well and the men’s group has recruited a few more, though still not enough.’

So here is the challenge to the men of Kintyre, especially if they enjoy singing in the car, in the shower or anywhere else, don’t know how much fun it is to sing in a group and would like an activity which helps forget worries: go along to Campbeltown Town Hall at 9pm on Tuesday September 17 or telephone 01586 551762 and give the men’s group a try.

The women are meeting separately. You don’t have to audition or read music; you just have to enjoy singing. Being part of a group is more fun with more back-up and less daunting than singing on your own.

Paula added: ‘The challenge for the women of Campbeltown and Kintyre is to persuade your men folk to give singing a chance.’