Busy start to the autumn for Stokes Singers

Photo of Stokes Singers with the Generation Gospel Choir in Stoke Gifford.

The autumn has got off to a busy start for local community choir Stokes Singers, writes Sue Callow, publicity officer.

We’ve been pleased to welcome new members to our Thursday rehearsals and plans for our next performances are well under way.

If you love to sing and would like to join the choir, autumn is a great time to start something new. There is room for more singers in all sections and men or ladies with lower voices would be particularly welcome to join the baritones. Musical directors Sian Walters and Philip Lawrence assure you of a warm welcome and the opportunity to try the choir for two rehearsals free of charge to see how you get on. Thursday evening rehearsals are at 7.30pm at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway and Liz, our membership secretary, can give you further information on 014545 614148.

At our weekly rehearsals, we’re preparing for our ‘Voices for Hospices’ concert which will raise funds for our local St Peter’s Hospice. We are delighted to be joining forces with Yate based Apollo Wind Band, under the direction of David Knight, to present an entertaining evening of song and music to suit all tastes. Anne King, chair of Stokes Singers, commented:

“So many of us have experienced, through family, friends and work colleagues, the amazing care given by our local hospice. This concert is a great way of supporting St Peter’s to continue their work.”

‘Voices for Hospices’ will be at Holy Trinity Church, Broad Croft, Bradley Stoke, BS32 0BD at 7.30pm on Saturday 14th October. Advance tickets will be available from Liz on 01454 614148 or from members of Stokes Singers or Apollo Wind Band. Please buy your ticket early to make sure of your seat.

In 2018 the choir celebrates its 25th birthday and we’ve challenged ourselves to achieve 25 performances during our special year. For our 7th event members joined the Gospel Generation Community Choir at their Stoke Gifford rehearsal to share a different style of singing and the 8th event was the Anniversary Big Sing, when we were part of a workshop and performance to celebrate 150 years of the Colston Hall.

We’re planning to be welcoming the festive season with some community carol singing and our Christmas Concert will be at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke on Saturday 9th December.

Photo: Event no. 7 – Stokes Singers with the Gospel Generation Community Choir in Stoke Gifford

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 41). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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