We are currently seeking a few more male tenors and basses to keep the balance between the four parts in our choir right. We can offer free places for those aged between 18 and 25. Craig Lees our MD is an inspirational leader and is a principle lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire.

If you are interested in joining our fun, hard working choir please email us at iwanttojoin@knotanotherchoir.co.uk


Written by choir member Natalie.

"Over the years I have watched the men in my life go through the highs and lows of life that most of us will experience at different times.

A few months ago a friend at choir told me how singing in the choir had saved his life. He said that he now literally lives for his Thursday evenings. He told me just how much being part of the choir had changed his life and it had really improved his mental health. “it’s a ripple effect” he went on to say, “I’ve noticed my outlook on life has really changed and I feel so much more positive.”

Men's Mental Health isn’t just a #hashtag or something that is this weeks trend. It affects millions more men than we realise. Being part of a choir like ours (Knot Another Choir), that proudly welcomes all singing abilities and embraces diversity, just fills my heart with joy.

Singing has a very powerful effect on both the mind and body. Whether it is singing at a footy or rugby match, belting out a favourite song on karaoke or at an open mic night. On Thursdays choir night you’ll sing with a hundred others in a church hall, singing great songs with gorgeous harmonies, you’ll be led by the best. Singing will always have a positive effect on both your mood and self esteem.
 
So what do you have to lose? We have some spaces left for basses. What’s stopping you taking that first step and sending us an email? You don’t need to be able to read music, as we have everything set up so that you can practice at home using the resources on the choir website. You don’t need to be brimming with confidence or be the next Tom Jones. You just need to turn up and let your voice go. Yes it might sound scary but I promise you, within 10 minutes you will start to feel a change.
 
If there is one piece of advice I would give anyone, but especially men who might be a little more reluctant, it would be to give singing a try, you might find it’s a life changer."

For a full list of our performances in 2024 please look at our “New Events” page.


Here are a few members of the choir before the start of our Thursday night practice.
Here the same people after two hours of harmonising and melody-making. Can you spot the subtle but unmistakable difference?

Flying the flag for Knaresborough

On Sunday 3rd March 85 members of the choir headed off to Manchester to take part in the prestigious Manchester Amateur Choral Competition (MACC) at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

We had a wonderful day, everybody sang their hearts out. We sang a beautiful set of Whitney Houston songs as a tribute to her work. The whole choir, under the superb direction of Craig Lees, had worked very hard to prepare for their performance.

Now the big news – even though the calibre of the 14 other choirs was amazing with Barbershop, Children’s choirs, Chamber choirs, Acapella choirs and Community choirs we were delighted when they announced the winners at the end that we were called out first to receive the runners up trophy. What a complete surprise; there was much glee from the choir, clapping and shrieking etc. What a wonderful moment for us all in front of such a huge audience.

Below are the links to the three songs we sang.

Steal Away https://youtu.be/Fj5G5r0QUbk

I Wanna Dance with Somebody https://youtu.be/4zFJ1yBqVwQ

Higher Love https://youtu.be/NRj0QtP77Bc


At our latest concert at Holy Trinity Church on 10th February, we raised a magnificent sum of £875 for Asthma + Lung UK


Who are we?

We are a large mixed community choir based in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, we have over 100 members. In 2019 we were delighted to be granted charitable status and also we welcomed Craig Lees as our MD.

How are we funded?

We are funded through membership fees. 

When and where do we meet?

We practice on a Thursday night at 19:30 at Trinity Church Hall, off Briggate, Knaresborough.

How do I join?

We normally run two taster sessions at the start of term in September and January however due to the popularity of the choir we are currently only taking Tenors and Basses.

Our Musical Director

Craig Lees is a contemporary vocal coach, choral leader and arranger. He is Principal  Lecturer on the Popular Music Degree at Leeds College of Music where he founded the LcoM Contemporary Pop Choir in 2014. Craig is the Musical Director behind Leeds Contemporary Singers, a nine piece vocal harmony group that recently rose to fame as the winners of BBC One’s Pitch Battle. (Check them out here)! Craig coaches for Smith’s record label (Nigel Martin-Smith) and has also had the pleasure of working with chart-topping artist Will Young (whilst on Pitch Battle) and internationally acclaimed artist Marc Almond.

Craig runs regular large workshops throughout the UK and abroad. He has delivered projects for leading voice technology manufacturer TC-Helicon and teaches on the Performance Academy Program at ‘Mind  The Gap Theatre Company’ (England’s largest learning-disability theatre house). He has presented internationally on the topic of choral pedagogy.


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Many thanks to the Two Ridings Community Foundation for their recent sponsorship

Many thanks to Knaresborough Town Council for sponsoring our trip to compete in the Manchester Annual Choral Competition (MACC) at The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) on the 3rd March 2024.

We’re delighted to be representing Knaresborough with 86 of our choir members.

Many thanks to the trustees of The George A Moore Foundation for supporting KnAC.


They said we had to be quiet backstage before we went on but they didn’t say we couldn’t dance. KnAC enjoying themselves dancing to Titanium sung by Local Vocals from Ossett.

Knot Another Choir CIO

Registered Charity Number 1182311