A NEW community choir launched this week.

Every Wednesday from today (September 15), there will be an Unroyal Community Choir at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre in Burnham-on-Sea.

The choir will be led by Sasha Herriman.

“Music-making can create a strong sense of well-being reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting antibodies," she said.

"Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is one of the most accessible forms of music making.

"Song improves our sense of happiness and is a powerful therapy indeed.”

Sasha is the artistic director of Bluebirds theatre company which specialises in opera and musical theatre shows.

The choir will sing a variety of musical genres including classical, traditional folk, musical theatre and so on, all in traditional a capella style.

Business development officer at The Princess Theatre, Beccy Armory, added: “We have seen our audiences come back and enjoy entertainment, but we want to offer much more to our local community with our Get Involved programme.

"So many of us have felt isolated over the past 18 months and we want to provide activities for our community to help them find their feet again.

"Choirs and group singing not only helps forge social bonds, it also does so particularly quickly, acting as an excellent icebreaker.”

Supported by Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council, the choir will run every Wednesday from 10.15am until 11.45am during term time and is open to all.

It costs £5 per session, but todays session is free.

To find out more email or to book your place info@theprincesstheatre.co.uk.