Hope Community Gospel Choir was founded in 2008 by Tim and Claire Easun, who had been members of a gospel choir in Sheffield, but on moving to Nottingham, they could not find a group to sing with. Encouraged by bible verses (Romans 12:1-8 and Luke 12:22-34), they started the group and named it after “Hope 2008,” a national initiative encouraging Christians to work together in word and deed to give hope and future to their local communities.
In 2012, the Easuns handed over the running of the choir to Paul Stringfellow and Sarah Graham, who were already members of the group. Paul organised and coached the choir, and provided musical arrangements, accompaniment and technical support, while Sarah coached and conducted. Other members of the choir also helped with organisation.
In early 2014, after a brief period without a leader, then with the help of Andrew Beaumont, the choir put out a plea in the local media for a new leader. Steve and Barbara, who had seen the choir perform on the BBC the previous year, answered this call and with their guidance, the choir has since gone from strength to strength. At the start of 2014, there were only about 12 people in each choir session, now we average 25!
A core group of members have been with the choir through all of these changes, which is testament to the support, joy and friendships that people get from singing with us.