From the Encounter Voices’ county-wide research into the impact of COVID on community singing, the biggest single need identified to address sustainability was the ongoing need for recruitment. In particular, connection to younger people for established groups was seen as a priority.

In response to this research, we will produce a toolkit of approaches to growing and retaining membership, and routes within the county to publicising groups’ activity.

The County of Song Toolkit will be published in November to co-incide with the Lancashire Choir of The Year 2024 Competition.