Do Your Thing began in Ashton-under-Lyne at the end of 2011. From their first ever local community gigs, singing at the opening ceremony of Stamford Park on the Queen's Jubilee as well as the Olympic torch relay celebrations, Do Your Thing has gone on to perform at many big events in Greater Manchester. These include performances at Castlefield Arena, Media City and Manchester Central .
In 2014, Ashton joined forces with the Stockport branch of Do Your Thing and sang live on BBC Radio Manchester for The Becky Want show. Please click link to hear their performance and the interview that Liz and the choir members gave at the time.
There are always memorable moments on DYT performances and when they arrived at Piccadilly Station, ready to make their way to Piccadilly Place for their performance as Adult Learner’s Week, this was certainly no exception. A spontaneous version of “Lean on Me” brought smiles to the passing passengers and many grabbed their mobile phones and tablets where one lady caught the now classic clip of a certain gentleman trying to join in with the choir.
Do Your Thing like to support local charities and their performances have helped to raise money for causes such as "Willow Wood Hospice", and "The Christie" where they performed at "The Future Perfect Festival" which helped raise £10,000 and "The Christie's first ever variety show" hosted by Key 103’s Chelsea Norris, who described the choir as “Mega!…Really talented and really entertaining!” Most recently, they sang at The Palace Theatre in Manchester as part of "Stars for Tonight 2015" to raise money for Francis House Children's hospice.
As well as the Palace Theatre, Do Your Thing are regular performers at The Stockport Plaza where they have performed alongside Brit award winning male voice trio, Blake and most recently all donned on their wellies when they joined well loved Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket, who said that the feel good choir should be "available on prescription!”
In 2017, due to numbers growing rapidly, Ashton moved location to Stalybridge Methodist Church which has given Ashton a huge boost and an apt name change to what is now known as, the “Stalybridge Choir”! Come and join us - no auditions and no need to read music.