What We Do
The Choir is designed to be a social vehicle where members of the Community can meet together in a friendly social atmosphere through music and song. There are no pressures to learn songs, but you progress at your own pace. Each week we hold online rehearsals in a closed group to protect privacy. We will return to physical rehearsals as soon as possible but also intend to stream the rehearsal live so that members who cannot physically attend rehearsals can still participate.
We aim to produce a new, themed, playlist each month for release to Care Homes, Independent Living Schemes, Hospices, Hospitals and Individuals who are lonely and or socially isolated.
Meet The Team
Tom Long is a retired property investor who is deeply involved in charitable works throughout Wakefield. It was his idea to start the choir in 2018 and has worked with Jenna to build it into a true Community Choir. His abiding passion is the eradication of loneliness and social isolation, particularly within but not exclusively, the older generation.
Jenna Fan is a musician based in Ossett with 30 years experience playing the piano. She started singing seriously when she moved to the area in 2009 and eventually began leading choirs and teaching piano in 2017, fulfilling a lifelong ambition to work as a professional musician. Jenna runs a popular piano teaching studio in Ossett delivering both in-person and online lessons to individuals and groups. Jenna directs two choirs in the area as well as delivering singing and music workshops to groups. One such group is Let’s Shine - SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Music Workshops which holds monthly workshops in Ossett. Jenna sings as half of the close harmony vocal duo Perfect Measure and regularly performs in the local area. As well as creating and performing music, Jenna enjoys sharing her favourite music with others on her radio show ‘In The Evening with Jenna Fan’ on True Radio UK.
Alexandra Gayford is a semi retired business consultant who worked in the waste recycling industry in Merseyside and Lancashire. Born in Malta, she spent most of her life living in Wakefield and Horbury. Mother of two sons and grandparent to four grandchildren, who all live in Horbury.
Alexandra currently works as part time/secretary at a local members club in Middlestown. She volunteers at the Give box for Wakefield community foundation. She is looking forward to working as treasurer to the community choir and meeting all of it's members.