VOCALISTS inspired by TV singing shows are being encouraged to sign up for a new group in Darlington.

The BBC series The Choir showed how ordinary people became transformed by the experience of singing together.

Vocal Soul Community Choir has a difference: there are no auditions and no cameras. The group is now looking for new members.

The choir practices in the Dolphin Centre each Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and sings bespoke arrangements of contemporary songs, including pieces from the likes of ELO, U2 and Coldplay.

Director Steve McGarvie, who has more than 20 years of performing and teaching experience, said: “Singing is good for the soul. No matter how you feel at the start of the session, our members say they feel reinvigorated by the end.”

The formula has already proved successful in Bishop Auckland where Sound Waves Community Choir was established last year, and he has bowed to public pressure to start a similar group in his home town.

He added: “Having had the opportunity to sing at the Olympic Torch relay with Sound Waves, the singers' confidence lifted, not just in their level of performance, but also in themselves.”

Members are charged £4 per session to be paid each rehearsal, with no upfront membership fee.

For more information, call Mr McGarvie, on 07817-062-951 or email stevemcgarvie77@gmail.com