Janet Wood


Retford and South Yorkshire


Political (socialist), solidarity (Palestine), wellbeing (dementia, general health)

Additional information

Singing and songwriting have been my twin passions for as long as I can remember. I have been leading choirs since 1997 when I started Quirky Choir in Doncaster. I also lead two political choirs – Sheffield Socialist Choir and Tadhamon, a women’s choir, also based in Sheffield, that sings in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and a community choir in the town where I live, Retford Community Singers. Singing is also a part of my wonderful day job at darts, Doncaster Community Arts, where I am involved with Singing for Memory, our group for people living with dementia and their carers, and Breathe and Connect, for adults with Long Covid and similar long term health conditions. I also love writing songs with people of all ages and abilities.

My choirs

Quirky Choir

Quirky Choir prides itself on being a very different kind of choir. It has a distinct identity and pushes the boundaries of what a choir “should” be. Nobody needs to audition to join, and every week Doncaster residents of all ages and walks of life come together to make some joyful noise!

The choir sings an eclectic repertoire, mainly a cappella. They also occasionally compose their own songs and collaborate with professional songwriters, composers and poets to create pieces that are distinctly Quirky.

Session times

Wednesdays in term time, 6.30-8.30pm

Retford Community Singers

A lively choir for people of all ages who enjoy singing mainly for pleasure, but with the occasional informal performance.

Session times

Tuesday evenings in term time from 7 to 8.30 pm

Sheffield Socialist Choir

A political choir, based in Sheffield, that sings for sings for freedom, justice and peace around the world.  We sing in support of campaigns in harmony with this vision at demonstrations, political events, concerts and on the streets! We welcome new members – do get in touch if you’d like to come along.

Session times

Thursday evenings in term time from 7.30 to 9.15 pm

Contact details

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