A choir set up by a professional singer who has performed around the world is helping to lift the spirits of a Sheffield community.
Lizzy Mack started the Shine On Ladies Choir with just five women at Dore and Totley United Reformed Church, Totley.
But several years later, 28 women now regularly attend rehearsals every Tuesday and are busy preparing for a packed festive schedule.
Their next performance will be at the Dore lantern parade and Christmas lights switch-on on Wednesday, December 3.
Lizzy, aged 50, of Bradway, said singing was a great way of lifting the spirits and, in some cases, helping to tackle depression.
She said: “It sounds strange but singing is very closely linked with depression.
“There are a lot of people with mental health issues around and they aren’t usually spoken about.
“Singing is certainly one of those things that releases endorphins. “One session of singing a week can release enough endorphins for five days. Singing is a great way of organically raising your spirits.”
Lizzy landed her first record deal when she was 19.
She has performed with the Searchers across the Middle East, alongside Bob Monkhouse and appeared at Kylie Minogue’s birthday bash and supported Peter Andre on one of his tours.
She said: “We’re a very funky choir. We sing things such as Amazing Grace but in a funky way with lots of harmonies.”
The choir performs at The Forge, Dronfield on Saturday, December 13, and at a Christmas show at Dore and Totley URC on Tuesday, December 16.
Lizzy also runs the Shine Academy, a youth choir which meets every Monday.
To join email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lizzy on 07921 162 489.