Eleanor: Amazing Grace

Eleanor: Amazing Grace

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I’m from a long line of Salvation Army members. My Mum was from the Bristol branch and my Dad from the Luton branch.

My Grandma and my great aunt Mary used to be pushed around the West County in a pram on Salvation duties.

There was a lot of singing throughout my childhood. My Mum had her own Acapella group Chord In Eight. I remember running into the kitchen and they’d all be singing.

I was the Berkshire Country Choir. The Musical Director was called Peter Asprey. Holy hell he oozed passion.

I decided to study performing arts at Sunderland Uni. I was in their choir but realised I really wanted to sing with women. I set up an acapella group- Dodici Voce. We meet every week and perform over the North East. The highlight was last year being asked to perform at The Sage for the first time singing an arrangement I’d created.

When my Grandma died we had a service in the Salvation Army Hall in Bedminster. My Mum, Sister and Aunty sang Amazing Grace. We were all really nervous about whether we’d make it. I was thinking ‘come on you’re a performer, don’t crack’.

There’s a bit of the song towards the end that has the most beautiful cadence. It’s spine tingling. This was the point my Mum cracked. When Dodici Voce perform it it has really poignant memories.

I decided to study performing arts at Sunderland Uni. I was in their choir but realised I really wanted to sing with women. I set up an acapella group- Dodici Voce. We meet every week and perform over the North East. The highlight was last year being asked to perform at The Sage for the first time singing an arrangement I’d created.

When my Grandma died we had a service in the Salvation Army Hall in Bedminster. My Mum, Sister and Aunty sang Amazing Grace. We were all really nervous about whether we’d make it. I was thinking ‘come on you’re a performer, don’t crack’.

There’s a bit of the song towards the end that has the most beautiful cadence. It’s spine tingling. This was the point my Mum cracked. When Dodici Voce performs it it has really poignant memories.

Photo: Sunderland

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