SOUTHAMPTON residents have the chance to stretch their vocal chords this spring – and help a charity in the process.

Fiona Funnell, pictured left, a Southampton-based composer, is welcoming singers of any ability to her latest pop-up community choir. No experience is required – just enthusiasm and a love for singing.

The choir will meet for eight weekly rehearsals at St Mark’s Church Hall, Archers Road, culminating in a performance at the Turner Sims Concert Hall on July 5.

Fiona’s choir will join performance poet Angela Chicken and other community choirs from Hampshire and Wiltshire in a Sing for Water mini-festival at the Southampton venue.

The concert will raise funds for WaterAid, a charity which brings safe water and sanitation to the world’s poorest people.

Anyone interested in joining the choir can visit Fiona’s website ( or call her on 023 8022 0331. The first rehearsal will be on May 12.