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WIBU to say that choirs full of people who can't sing (Rock Choir) are awful?

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PleasantPheasant Sat 21-Jan-17 22:06:40

Honestly? I love singing, I think everyone should sing, and sing in groups - it's great. But why all the performances, crap choreography, shitty leaders who also can't sing and are presumably failed musicians. Why can't the ladies (and men) - very few of which can actually sing or understand rhythm, harmony, pitch... - just do it for fun and leave it at that? Why do they think they're amazing singers and their performances are great. From what I've seen they are largely outside, with shit backing music, crap acoustics making the whole thing even worse. AIBU?

MrsTrentReznor Sat 21-Jan-17 22:11:24

I totally agree. I go to the big saracens rugby game at Wembley every year and they are always there murdering songs.
By all means do it for fun, but it's not great to listen to.

Destinysdaughter Sat 21-Jan-17 22:12:53

I'm not a member of a choir as I can't sing at all but I think it's probably a v positive and uplifting experience for those 'middle aged women's who are. They're just having fun, expressing themselves and having fun, whats so wrong with that? Are you also against amateur dramatics OP because they're just a bit too too...amateur?

Live and let live!

2ndSopranos Sat 21-Jan-17 22:13:17

Oh YANBU. I sing in a very traditional choral society. There is none of any of that in my choir!

SanitysSake Sat 21-Jan-17 22:13:51

It's a form of care in the community.... halo

PlayOnWurtz Sat 21-Jan-17 22:15:27

Yanbu I blame Gareth malone for making the tone deaf think they can all perform to halls packed with punters

Just no.

Christmasmice Sat 21-Jan-17 22:15:41

Yabu and chuffing rude

I did a taster for Rock Choir. It wasn't for me but they made a nice sound and the leader was fantastic. Really brilliant. Choirs offer people so much. I'm sure your average Rock Choir member doesn't assume they're outstanding. They're there to socialise and enjoy singing. Their flash mobs raise money for charity.

Why go and piss on their joy?

Surreyblah Sat 21-Jan-17 22:18:20

Ageism and sexism, nice.

TheSpottedZebra Sat 21-Jan-17 22:22:27

Women, know your place.
It's not having fun, outside with others.
ESPECIALLY if you're over 50. 45?

Vinorosso74 Sat 21-Jan-17 22:23:57

One of my friends does Rock Choir and really enjoys it, I slightly cringe when she tells me some of the songs and choreography. She is 42, a good singer and in another more traditional choir too likes both but finds the Rock Choir more fun.

Destinysdaughter Sat 21-Jan-17 22:26:03

If I could sing I'd love to join a rock choir, think it would be great fun! Sadly I don't think I could bear to inflict my horrid voice on anyone...grin

Vandenessa Sat 21-Jan-17 22:28:24

Middle age women are just scum.

HardToDeal Sat 21-Jan-17 22:28:32

Ah, now, you see, I can't sing and I know it, so something like that appeals to me. But I wouldn't be labouring under the impression I was any good or that we were performance-worthy - it'd be the equivalent of singing into my hairbrush, but with the advantage of getting out of the house. If they perform in public that's a no for me!

WyfOfBathe Sat 21-Jan-17 22:28:50

YANBU, there are groups which always perform at any local festival or event near me. There's always one or two good solos, and then the rest of the songs sound like a karaoke night.

I've never seen them fundraising either - but as far as I'm aware the ones around me aren't part of the rock choir brand, just local "Town Mixed Choir" or "X Social Group Choir".

PleasantPheasant Sat 21-Jan-17 22:28:57

Waiting for the rock choristers to come out in arms...

I have nothing against singing for all, and some of the singers are very good. I'm not sure how they manage to keep on with a smile on their faces while the tone deaf ruin their performances actually. Good on them.
Don't think it's ageist or sexist. It's an observation. The choirs are predominantly female and most are "middle aged" to the older side of middle aged. The key part was "who can't sing", otherwise there would not be a problem!

SarahLinden Sat 21-Jan-17 22:29:15

YABU. Rock Choir gives tens of thousands of people (of all ages, men and women) a chance to become part of a community, to gain better mental and physical health through singing and to raise over a million pounds for charity last year.

No member is a professional singer - and no one pretends to be. It's all about having fun, supporting each other and making friends.

If that's not your thing, then fine but it's a strange way to react to a cultural movement which is so positive, in today's world of crisis, racism and misogyny.

Haven't you got anything more 'worthy' to get upset about? <head tilt>

Isadora2007 Sat 21-Jan-17 22:29:41

They let anyone in as it is so expensive so they're happy to take anyone regardless of ability.
YANBU as the performances I've seen are pretty cringe-y. Like Glee on HRT...

CointreauVersial Sat 21-Jan-17 22:32:15

I'd love to join a choir - I'm no Charlotte Church but I can hold a tune.

But round here there's the choice between Choral Societies, and Rock Choir. There doesn't seem to be a middle ground. I don't want to sing po-faced Latin church music, but neither do I want to be rocking through the Queen back catalogue in a black teeshirt.

PleasantPheasant Sat 21-Jan-17 22:32:21

Glee on HRT - love it.
SarahLinden, do you work for Rock Choir??

MintChocAddict Sat 21-Jan-17 22:34:21

You sound lovely hmm

FWIW a number of these 'tone deaf middle aged women' will have had negative experiences like bereavement, divorce, serious illness and the feel good factor of mass singing should be on the NHS in my opinion.
Performing in public is a confidence booster and at an age and stage where confidence can often take a battering I say good luck to them!
Mean spirited thread sad

ExitPursuedBySpartacus Sat 21-Jan-17 22:34:32

Then don't watch them. Or listen. Move along. Piss off back home and leave others to enjoy themselves.

Katymac Sat 21-Jan-17 22:34:40

There have been two mems on FB recently which express my feelings on the matter

I would give my eyeteeth to be in a choir!!

Twatternatter Sat 21-Jan-17 22:35:04

But they DO just do it for fun.... It's lovely, uplifting and a great way of meeting new people in your community... What's not to like? No it's not professional or "good" but as long as they're enjoying it then so what!

And it's not so expensive, £10 a session is equivalent to most clubs, classes and groups

glitterazi Sat 21-Jan-17 22:36:52

Oh wow, how rude. It's not for you, but others love it.
If it gets you out and it's something you enjoy doing, then why bring it down for people?
I've never been to Rock Choir, singing's not my thing, but I'd never slag off anyone's choices.
Find something that does interest you instead of being so miserable and joy sucking.

SarahLinden Sat 21-Jan-17 22:36:56

No, I don't work for them. I'm a member and very proud of it.

I just think a thread like this is so catty and uncalled for.

If you don't want to listen to a performance, then don't. No one's forcing you.

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