Total Voice started as an idea for a community choir. Christine Mulgrew, then studying for a degree in music performance and technology, wondered if there was any appetite for singing in Milford on Sea, the beautiful coastal village in Hampshire where she lived. She decided to start a choir that would learn and perform rock and pop songs, and would be open to all.
The first rehearsal took place the Milford on Sea Guide Hut in January 2010. The weather was absolutely dreadful, with thick ice on all the roads. Only seven people made it to the venue that night, but the following week, after a thaw, the numbers began to climb. Nowadays, the hut is packed every week with up to sixty singers. The choir has performed at all sorts of local events and festivals and has gained a reputation for its well-known tunes, relaxed style and boundless enthusiasm.
Victoria Hopkins was one of the seven who battled through the snow and ice (all of two hundred yards from her home) to be at the first rehearsal. An experienced classical choral singer and soloist, Victoria enjoyed singing a completely different style of music. When Christine needed a break after her son was born, Victoria stepped into the fray and led the choir.
Following her return to work, Christine began working with Victoria on new projects. The two decided to go into business together and have been running Total Voice Contemporary and Chambers Choirs since that time. Both choirs have built a reputation for excellent performances and have close ties to the local community.