CHOIR leader Louise Dengate has said she’s hoping to find Solihull’s hidden talent at an open audition this weekend.
In 2005, the music teacher set up the Crystal Gospel Choir as a “one-off” and almost seven years on it’s still going strong.
Louise, originally from Olton, now living in Stratford, said: “What I’m looking for is people who have got good, strong voices.
“We’ve had people in the past who haven’t had much confidence but I can see they would make a really good soloist.
“The singing can bring the people out of their shell. Really I’m looking for the hidden gems in the local area.”
While some groups have reported problems attracting younger members, Louise said the majority of her choristers are in their 20s and 30s.
“I think because I started it off with music students of mine, they’d bring their friends along,” said the former Langley School pupil. “Ever since then we’ve never had problems attracting people of that age group, we’ve always been a very vibrant choir.”
Last year the choir, which has around 20 singers, performed at Birmingham Town Hall and the Upton Jazz Festival.
The open auditions take place on Sunday (January 29) at Olton United Reformed Church, on Kineton Green Road. Either turn-up at 3.45pm or call Louise, for more information, on 07979 910328.