Five years ago, SPAN created Côr Pawb (Everyone’s Choir), a 70-100 strong mass community choir made up of singers aged 6-96 from the local community choirs of One Voice (Haverfordwest), Singing Village (St Dogmaels), Newport Choir, Llangrannog Choir, Sweet Harmony (Carmarthen), Can Sing (Narberth), Caring Choirs (Care homes), Remote Choir and five community choir leaders: Molara, Maya Waldman, Catriona Fothergill, Henry Sears and Clara Clay.
Over the last 5 years, singers have met up irregularly, where funding allows, to take part in a series of memorable singing days and events most often held in The Queens Hall in Narberth.
The people who make up Côr Pawb have developed a kinship. They have a common interest in their love of singing and their appreciation of the wellbeing benefits of song that they would like to share with others.
Molara, a local choir leader says “The health benefits of singing as an individual are clear, coming together to sing with others is a wellbeing, confidence and energy boost. The bigger and more diverse the group, the bigger the sound, the bigger the boost. Those who are less confident are carried and supported by the more experienced chorists, and the atmosphere is always joyful and inspiring.”
Alongside Côr Pawb, SPAN runs a range of other singing projects which have been described as “life-changing”, “important” and “positive” and presents a singing festival called Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival (NAVF). SPAN capitalises on the recognised health and wellbeing benefits of singing to tackle social and rural isolation and enhance a community spirit through song.