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City urged to sing its socks off
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A music campaign is coming to Bristol in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for water charity, WaterAid.

Sing for Water West was launched on Tuesday 31 March, 2009, on the Amphitheatre steps at the Harbourside.

It is hoped that 800 singers of all abilities will fill the same steps during the main event in June.

Singers from across the region are wanted and organisers are encouraging people to join local singing groups ahead of the Big Sing.

Jen Berry, who took part in last year's event, told BBC Bristol: "I haven't sung before in a choir and neither has my husband.

"We went along slightly nervous about whether we'd actually be able to do it, and we couldn't believe the fantastic noise that came out of this bunch of people - including us!"

She added: "It was really good fun. It was really relaxed and the people that ran it were really friendly.

"It was just a really, really good thing to do and all for a good cause too."

Jen, and her husband, will be taking part in Bristol this year as well.

The main event will take place on Saturday 27 June, 2009, at the Lloyds TSB Amphitheatre at the Harbourside.

For the Big Sing, everyone will be learning the same repertoire in a short period of time, and each singer gets sponsorship for taking on this Singing Challenge.

In total, seven songs will be on the agenda from classic pop and gospel, to sea shanties and world music.

All the songs are suitable for inexperienced singers and designed to be taught by ear, enabling anyone to take part.

The event is the brainchild of composer and singer Helen Chadwick who, inspired by the power of song six years ago, initiated the first Sing for Water event at the Thames Festival in London.

It has raised over £300,000 for WaterAid through concerts, collections and sponsorship to help some of the world's poorest people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

If you want to learn the songs and join in the Big Sing, then check out the details of signing groups near you.

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