Tonic Ska Choir member Darren “Lofty” Churchill recalls his experience of joining the ska choir.
Lofty performing with the Tonic Ska Choir
It was with fear and in trepidation that I walked through the door for my first ever rehearsal with the Tonic Ska Choir. I was filled with nerves and self-doubt. One and a half hours later, I knew I had made one of the best and most positive decisions of my life. I had taken a chance and pushed myself out of my comfort zone.
Upon arrival, I was met with a room was full of friendly faces. I was reassured and made to feel comfortable right away. There was warmth and unity.
I found familiarity and comfort in performing tunes that have provided the soundtrack to my life. It was a privilege to belong to such a wonderful group of people sharing their love of ska together.
I look forward to and enjoy every rehearsal with the ska choir. Just four months later, and I have the experience of performing at three festivals, two events, as well as a studio recording under my belt. Incredible!!!
The ska choir is not only about raising my own spirits and wellbeing. I take great pride in sharing the happiness with those around me, and the audiences we have entertained.
Music really is a wonderful therapy and a tonic for the soul. I feel this journey is only just beginning.
I left that evening buzzing, and I have been ever since.
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think.