Cancer choir reach for top of the world

By Emily Pearce

Monday, December 24, 2012


Cancer choir reach for top of the world

Mel’s Undiscovered Messengers (MUM) at rehearsal. Mel Brooks is front, centre. Picture by Ashley Vaughan.

A CHOIR for cancer patients and their loved ones has proved a huge success, attracting more than 20 members in just one month.

Founded by mum-of-five Mel Brooks, 43, who is battling cancer of the spine, and her friends Jo Everson, 43, and Carolyn Fraser, 50, the choir has been meeting regularly at St David’s Church Hall, East Cowes.

They have been practising two songs — Top of the World, by The Carpenters, and Abba’s Thank You for the Music — and are now appealing for a choirmaster or singing teacher to knock them into shape.

"We have a real mix of people, including cancer patients, past and present, and their loved ones. Everyone is really enjoying it, and having fun is the whole point, but we do need someone to coach us," said Jo, of Westminster Lane, Newport.

"It has done Mel the world of good, she has been so much happier since we started."

Mel, of Royal Exchange, Newport, beat breast cancer five years ago following a double mastectomy and has just finished a course of radiotherapy to treat her spinal cancer.

She was determined to form the choir and pursue the one thing that makes her truly happy — singing.

• Further information about Mel’s Undiscovered Messengers (MUM) is available on the group’s Facebook page, MUM Isle of Wight.

Choirmasters and singing teachers willing to lend a hand can contact Jo at

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