Music groups join forces for St Peter’s Hospice

Photo of members of Stokes Singers with the Apollo Wind Band.

Local community choir, Stokes Singers, were delighted to share the stage with guests Apollo Wind Band at their October concert. The evening was timed to coincide with ‘Voices for Hospices Day’ and raised over £150 for St Peter’s, Bristol’s only adult hospice. Lisa Kimpton, community fundraiser for St Peter’s, shared news of the recently launched ‘Room to Care Appeal’ which will fund the building of more individual rooms. A great mix of music and song resulted in an entertaining evening and the choir and band hope to work together again.

The concert was the ninth event in the Sing 25 challenge which is currently keeping the choir busy. Stokes Singers are aiming to take part in 25 singing opportunities in the run up to the choir’s 25th birthday next summer.

“On Saturday 25th November we’ll be welcoming the festive season by singing at Poplars Farm Shop at Frampton Cotterell,” says publicity officer Sue Callow. “Then our Christmas concert will be at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm. On both occasions we’ll be raising funds for the Thornbury based charity Brain Tumour Support. Also in December, the choir will return to Southmead Hospital for the Christmas Brunel Buskathon.”

Musical directors Sian Walters and Philip Lawrence would love to welcome some new voices to the choir and there is currently room for more singers in all sections. Men or ladies with lower voices would be particularly welcome to join the baritones. Regular Thursday evening rehearsals are at 7.30pm at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway and Liz, our Membership secretary, can give you further information on 01454 614148. There are no auditions and the first two rehearsals are free of charge.

If you’re not ready to sing just yet, why not come to the Christmas concert and introduce yourself to the choir whilst you get into the Christmas mood?

This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on pages 45). 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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