Do Your Thing (DYT) began over 10 years ago in Ashton-under-Lyne when Liz Taylor, founder and Musical Director, followed her dream to share the joy of singing with as many people as she could. By extending the invitation to anyone who loved to sing, regardless of experience or the ability to read music, Liz opened up the door to the community to do their thing and the response was incredible! On launch day 2011, people lined the streets to join the choir everyone was talking about and the excitement didn’t stop there!
10 years later, Do Your Thing now proudly has two community choirs in Ashton and Stockport and three kids choirs for children in school years 1-7. Prior to the pandemic DYT had performed at well over 100 events, from local community festivals to grand theatre stages and singing live on BBC radio and TV.
They have supported many local and national charities over the past decade and raised over £10K during lockdown with their fundraising music videos for ‘The NHS Associated Charities’, ‘The Christie Charity’, ‘MIND’, ‘Acting for Others’ and recently supported the ‘Open Hearts Open Borders’ emergency appeal to support resettlement of Afghan refugees.
Described by well-loved Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket as “needing to be available on prescription” and by choral director and composer Mark De-Lisser as “the choir with heart“, Do Your Thing is looking forward to being able to sing loud and proud once again at many upcoming events.
According to Liz, singing in a choir is now a whole new experience.
“Since we resumed as a choir back in September, after the longest time apart, we all have a greater appreciation of every aspect of being in choir; the people, the music, the harmonies, the acoustics, everything.
When the world seemed to close its shutters in 2020 and everything was cancelled, hope remained – our choir continued and music lived on. Now we are back in the room, all those magical elements of being in a choir are experienced with a heightened sense of appreciation by choir members and by me. Doing our thing is at a new level!
Singing to a crowd who may not have heard live music for some time will be magical. The choir and I can’t wait!”
The Albion Church,
Stamford St E,
Tuesdays (term time only)
8 pm to 9:30 pm
Heaton Mersey Methodist Church Hall,
Cavendish Road, Stockport
Wednesdays (term time only)
8 pm to 9:30 pm
Liz Taylor always knew that singing would feature in her life. In her early twenties, Liz gained years of performance experience as the lead singer of various jazz ensembles and big bands, singing in the UK and abroad. As a singer/songwriter she split her time between London and Manchester, performing in both cities. Over the past 20 years, Liz has been a sought after vocal coach running various groups and ensembles across the UK.
Liz’s passion for singing in a choir was founded during her years at University where she gained a first class honours degree in Music Theatre. The experience gained from being in the multi-award winning UCLAN chamber choir, the 2010 BBC Radio 3 Adult Choir of the Year, was invaluable and was her inspiration to start Do Your Thing.
Over the past decade Liz’s infectious enthusiasm to share the joy of singing in a choir has spread into forming two large community choirs, a workplace choir and most recently 3 children’s choirs in Greater Manchester.
Liz is a regular guest on BBC Radio Manchester where she is happy to talk about her favourite subject ‘DYT’ and the many benefits of singing. She has kept many listeners entertained as she regaled them with stories of the challenges of trying to create music videos in lockdown! The fundraising efforts of the choir became part of the BBC’s “Make a Difference” campaign during the pandemic and Liz had the pleasure of talking to the one and only Gary Barlow at the end of 2020 for a special series of programmes at Christmas when local community heroes got to meet their own heroes.
Liz has been described by choir members, judge panellists and radio presenters alike as an inspirational choir leader, and in June 2019 she was a finalist at The Inspire Awards, celebrating inspirational women.