Members of the Stockport branch are regular performers at both The Heaton’s Summer and Christmas Festivals and Staybridge members are also regular performers at Tameside’s Christmas and Easter Markets.
Whilst each branch of the choir does perform separately to support local events, both choirs regularly come together when a large community choir is required. At this point, our record has been 90 performers on stage at one time. With the huge intake of new members this year, that number is looking likely to grow!
Whilst performing is not compulsory, most choir members do and once they’ve done it once, they are hooked! There is such a sense of achievement when all the hard work (although great fun) that is put in during rehearsals by each member and their friends in the choir, pays off in a fantastic sound and performance. Members describe this feeling as “like no other” and it “stays with you for days afterward!”
What makes this even more special is that Do Your Thing is a non-audition choir set up for anyone who loves to sing. You don’t need to have had any experience or be able to read music. The only requirement is that you love singing and are free to make rehearsals.
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.