Here are some testimonials from people who have worked with us here at VML.
When I first “met” the group of Victoria Music, I thought, they all look as if they are thoroughly enjoying themselves and I wanted some of that. Mum always encouraged her daughters (three of us) to perform either at home or on stage. I love singing but never wanted to perform in front of an audience. I joined VML and the feeling I had when the evening was over was first class. I felt happy, meeting up with friends who enjoyed the experience too. Rob is always encouraging and ignores stage fright in anyone knowing that once experiencing a show, that person will be hooked. That happened to me in a wonderful production of Sing as you go. I loved the evening, I sang solo as did most of my singing friends. Since then I have experienced an evening of carols sung in the local church and outside as we attended a charity carol sing. Rob helps any needy cause, gathers his singers and off they go this is apart from the shows he produces at the Brindley Theatre in Runcorn the content of which are first class. I now attend The Big Sing an evening of no pressure (so far), just a good old sing-a-long that releases endorphins, stimulates the laughter muscles and makes me feel good all over.
I have been a member of Victoria music for over two years now. When I started, I was lacking in self confidence and wanted to meet people who also had a love for music. I was pleased by the friendly reception and encouraged by Rob to be better than I thought I was. In the last two years I have been an active member of the group and have surprised myself by being on stage, both with the adults and youngsters under Rob’s tutelage. My membership of V.M.L. has also benefited my family, friends and neighbours who have attended performances at the Brindley and have thoroughly enjoyed their experiences, as have I, their support. It has been my most enjoyable time for many years and that is largely due to my fellow members and Rob’s professional, yet friendly approach to musical direction.
VML has been a real source of support. A place to build confidence, somewhere safe to be accepted and be yourself, a chance to grow and develop your talents and not fear being criticisedd or mocked. There’s no such thing as a mistake or an error just an opportunity to learn and build on your experiences. Its more than an outlet for the performing arts it is a second home, a family with a real sense of community in the truest definition of the word. The work done here I can only hope will grow and continue – every town needs a VML to call their own.
I was invited to join the VML drama group to help out a friend as they wanted someone to fill a ‘small part’ in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As a Shakespeare fan I thought it would be an interesting challenge and something I could talk to my daughter about who is studying acting at college. Two days later I find myself cast as the main antagonist in the play with hundreds of lines to learn.
Never having acted before I did look to Robert for advice and guidance which was provided enthusiastically, constructively, patiently and always in a positive manner. This gave me the belief in myself to perform in front of an audience for the first time.
Not only has this provided me with a opportunity to perform, which is something I had never saw myself doing a year ago, but it enables a springboard for young talent to develop and achieve their goals within the performing arts.
In a short space of time I have witnessed a number of people, from a diverse group, gain confidence in their acting skills and perform at a high standard. The impressive levels of support, dedication and teamwork seen within VML is directly influenced by Robert’s energy and passion for developing talent in this space.
John B, adult actor
VML has given my young dancers opportunities to dance alongside the highly talented singers of VML on the Brindley stage. They always look forward to this opportunity and all feel valued and welcome.
I personally have had the opportunity to choreograph and sing for VML and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had
Emma Swain, dance troupe leader
VML transforms lives. It is supportive, stimulating, fulfilling and accessible. It provides a strong sense of community, friendship and, though I have been involved with them for only seven months, it already feels like being part of a family. The sense of well being and the buzz of putting on a show is a fantastic experience to be a part of. They also accept you for who you are, whatever you have been through.
Adult VML member, July 2017
I first found Rob Littler and Victoria Music Group more than five years ago by chance when reading the Inside Halton magazine. My son was at the time twelve years old and loved to sing and perform at any opportunity, he had been involved with a group but there didn’t seem to be any progression or opportunities to do what he enjoyed. I had made the decision to pull my son out of the group which I knew was right but still felt awful so was looking for something that suited him better. I emailed Rob who told me to take my son along to the group and although they were in the middle of rehearsals for a musical he could still be involved. In that first musical surprisingly he was given a solo role and has since gone on to do two more musicals again with solo roles, various charity performances throughout the borough and joined the children’s vocalise group . He has been given unexpected opportunities and experiences from being involved with Victoria Music and feels a true sense of belonging. As a teenage boy he is dealing with his voice breaking and suffering from major confidence issues something he is being guided through and encouraged to overcome by Rob. Thanks to Rob Littler I have had the opportunity to see my son do something that he loves and watched him with tremendous support grow in confidence.
I joined VML 4 years ago because I loved to sing. I wanted to learn how to be able to to get up and sing in front of people. You certainly gave me that opportunity! I never for one minute envisioned myself being on the main stage in the Brindley with all my friends watching! Through VML, you and the other people I’ve met through singing I was given the confidence in myself and my abilities to do what I wanted to do – and more.
I have throughly enjoyed being a part of VML and all the different things we all have been given the opportunity to do. I admire what you and the charity, all the fundraisers and supporters do for the people in the town (and other side of bridge too) to encourage talent. I have met and made friends with some fantastic people who I am proud to know. I was telling a friend (of 30+ years) the other day that I was involved with a singing group and he was really surprised as he said he could remember me when I was a quiet & shy young lady! Yes, I know you don’t believe it!
So there’s proof of just how much VML has done for me. You also would have been proud of me last night when I had to act the part of the murderous cook at my friend’s fundraiser. I made veryonelaugh and they all said they never knew I had it me. Another plus of being involved in VML and being given confidence in my abilities. Thank you SO much Rob! Xx
I have just returned home after attending an absloutely brilliant performance of ‘Of Mice and Men’ brought to the Brindley by the members of the local VML drama group. The quality of this production would stand up to anything that can be seen performed by a professional company at a venue such as The Everyman. Congratulations to all for this enthralling adaptation of this classic novel.