Win still key to keeping Sheffield choir in perfect Harmony

Sheffield Harmony celebrate member Win Topham's (centre) 90th Birthday during rehearsals at High Storres School'''24 June 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
Sheffield Harmony celebrate member Win Topham's (centre) 90th Birthday during rehearsals at High Storres School'''24 June 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
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She may have turned 90, but Win Topham is showing no signs of giving up the hobby she loves.

Although no longer a singer with Sheffield Harmony, Win remains as vital a part of the ladies’ chorus as she did when she first joined back in 1989.

Sheffield Harmony celebrate member Win Topham's (centre) 90th Birthday during rehearsals at High Storres School'''24 June 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

Sheffield Harmony celebrate member Win Topham's (centre) 90th Birthday during rehearsals at High Storres School'''24 June 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

In her role as events coordinator, Win is responsible for arranging all the chorus’ social dates and booking accommodation and transport for competitions – and she still attends rehearsals at High Storrs School every Monday night, too.

To mark the special occasion she received a necklace from her friends who helped celebrate her birthday in style by singing for her at a barn dance party.

Win, of Rivelin, said: “It was wonderful so many women came to my 90th birthday party and sang for me, and the necklace they bought is beautiful.

“Overall the friendship of the members is something to treasure and I cannot thank them enough for their support through 24 happy years.”

Win remembers her first audition – and her first performance in September 1989.

“My first sing-out was just six months after joining,” she said. “It wasn’t just any sing- out either. I was taking part in our annual singing competition at our convention which was held in Derby that year. So I was thrown in at the deep end, but it was a very exciting experience.”

She said the chorus has changed slightly since she first started.

“We now sing more contemporary songs rather than just barbershop which, hopefully, will entice younger members to join. Being a member of the chorus has kept me young in mind and spirit. Over the years, we have learned around 200 songs which has kept my brain fairly busy!”

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