How Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir adapted through lockdown

Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir adapted to the new virtual environment through weekly Zoom rehearsals, fun Quizzes and musical activities on Facebook to all members across all three choirs for the last 12 months.

The choir have sung familiar music and also optimistically rehearsed new music ready for upcoming performances.

During Lockdown the group have been very fortunate to welcome some big names in the choral world who gave freely of their time to talk to SCJC choristers. These talks, for many, became a highlight of a Friday evening.

Special guests include Howard Goodall CBE, composers Alan Bullard and Bob Chilcott, Joanna Tomlinson, Peter Broadbent and Dr Sarah Tenant-Flowers – just to name a few!

Some of the SCJC members on Zoom

Choir Chairman, Jacqui Brewster said “This opportunity has been the ‘silver lining’ in the ‘cloud’ that has been Lockdown,  visits that we would never normally have been able to facilitate during our usual Friday evening rehearsals. It is safe to say, SCJC is well and truly ‘back’ in the minds of the great and the good of choral singing in the UK!”

During the first half term of the 2020/21 academic year the main choir have been learning Alexander L’Estrange and Joanne Forbes-L’Estrange’s work Freedom which is to be performed live, post restrictions, alongside Scunthorpe and District Choral Society and accompanied by the L’Estrange’s live Jazz Band. The date is yet to be confirmed when this will take place.

Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir (SCJC) was founded almost 100 years ago and has a proud history of providing outstanding musical education combined with enriching life experiences.

Usual concerts were of course postponed and so the choir switched to producing multi media content for their annual Leavers Concert 10 July 2021.

After disappointment of the cancelled Disneyland Paris Tour in July 2020 SJCJ planned a fun Disney themed final rehearsal on 17 the July!

Some of the alumni and choir leavers found themselves in lockdown at University away from home so they too, were invited to continue Zooming in with SCJC to help them feel connected to something familiar and fun during their periods of isolation.

Jacqui continued: “The past year has undoubtedly been a challenging one for all of us at SCJC, but for many of our choristers the Friday rehearsals have been a lifeline. With children at home facing the pressures of home- schooling, Friday evenings on Zoom have been a welcome opportunity for everyone to get together and continue to share our love of music.

“I’d like to thank the musical team and all the volunteers who’ve worked hard to make sure our young performers have continued to receive a first-class musical experience. We continue to attract a lot of interest from the musical world, and our choristers will have the opportunity to demonstrate their talent when we participate in a prestigious world premiere in the coming weeks.”

Fancy joining Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir?

SCJC operate as a registered charity and an open access organisation, meaning there are no barriers to joining other than a passion for singing. For more information about the choir, policies, staff and event details, please visit the website:

Usual rehearsals take place Fridays, during term time, at  Oasis Academy, Henderson Avenue. Scunthorpe.

Training Choir – (ages 3-6)                      5.30 -6.00     (£2.00 per week)

Middle Choir  – ( ages 6-9)                      5.30 -6.30     (£2.60  per week)

Main Choir      – ( age 9/Year 5 +)           6.30- 8.00     (£3.25  per week)

Anyone with children aged between 3 and 19 wishing to join SCJC is welcome to get in touch with SCJC to arrange a taster rehearsal via

Be sure to give Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir a follow on social media including their brand new YouTube channel which was launched last spring for their first virtual choir video, which can be viewed below.


Instagram: @scjc1923

Twitter: Scunthorpe Choir

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