What our members say

Anne McCormick

“As a child, I used to sing every day in school, at morning assembly, concerts , choir etc. At family events, people would have fun singing. Over time, things changed and I did not sing as a grown up except around the house.

When SOSO was advertised 4 years ago, for people who like to sing, I recognised an opportunity for me to start singing again and enjoy it like I used to as a child. Sure enough, I have not been disappointed.

There is no pressure on me to become a great singer (although I could have personal coaching if I wanted to), as the emphasis is on having a good time with others who like to sing.

I have certainly become more confident during my time with SOSO and I enjoy the weekly sessions as well as the regular performances we do in public. I am looking forward to practising for forthcoming events at the Philharmonic Hall and the Palm House.”

For anyone who would like to sing just for the pleasure, or to improve their skills or to make new friends, I recommend joining SOSO. You will be made very welcome by us all.

Anna Hardwicke

“I used to sing a lot when I was younger and loved the feeling it gave me. However, after having a thyroid operation I was unable to reach those high notes again and sometimes the voice wouldn’t do what I wanted it to! I started looking for a group that would accommodate these inconsistencies and found nothing. They all wanted someone who had perfect pitch or who could read music or who could commit to regular rehearsals. Not me!!

As I have a stressful job I wanted something that was FUN, where your voice was accepted, where you weren’t put under pressure, where you met new friends, where you could relax and not feel inferior.

This is exactly what I have found with SOSO – a little gem in the desert!!

Su Grainger is just the best, most committed and fun person to have as our teacher and she has made such a difference to my life, along with all the wonderful people who I have met through going to SOSO. I look forward to Thursday nights, for the singing and for the friendship. I’m so glad to be part of it all”

Vanessa Pettitt

“Being a part of S.O.S.O has helped me so much with my confidence.  I’ve been with the group for three year now & in that time I’ve made such amazing friends who mean so much to me.  My performing highlights have got to be singing for Russell Watson in BBC’s Last choir standing, Singing in the Voice in a Million concerts at the Echo Arena and competing in The Manchester Amateur Choral Competition. We have a warm up song called Thina Simunye , translated this means we are family we are together , I think this song sums up everything that SOSO is for all of us, we’re not just a singing group, we’re a singing family.”

Lin Wright

“As a newcomer to your Bootle morning sessions, I can honestly say I really look forward to each week. I have always wanted to sing in a choir ever since I was a little girl in Junior school but I didn’t have the confidence or the voice ! But after picking up a SOSO leaflet I managed to get a few friends to come along with me for moral support. We really enjoy it and we are really looking forward to the new term starting and the challenge of singing at the Philharmonic…. Us  … singing there … can’t believe it!     One of your Crosby ladies told me I would always leave the session with a big smile on my face and that’s right …. I do.”

Feedback from our performances

Dear All Post Pageant Performers

A Big Thank you to everyone that bravely fought the weather and performed at our performance areas, you were all stars!

The weather was against us but we gave the city a really good show.

Everyone should be congratulated for their support and enthusiasm and I would be most grateful if you could pass on my sincere thanks to all of your group members.

This year was the first time we have introduced post pageant activities within the city centre, the Lord Mayor was delighted with the feedback from the performance areas and we will look to stage this element of the event in future years.

Once again thank you for your support and I look forward to working with you all in the future.

Kind regards

Julie Turner
Senior Event Manager
Culture Liverpool