Wedding bells and Christmas bells for Stokes Singers

Photo of Stokes Singers celebrating the marriage of Philip and Rebecca.

Local community choir Stokes Singers were delighted to be part of a very special day when their musical director Philip Lawrence married choir member Rebecca Amery. The happy couple met at weekly rehearsals and soon found that they were very much in tune. Singing at their autumn wedding was the tenth event of the choir’s Sing 25 challenge and proved a happy occasion for all involved.

Poster for Stokes Singers' Christmas concert 'Bring a Silver Jingle'.

As the festive season approaches, the choir are putting the finishing touches to the next performance. Their Christmas concert ‘Bring a Silver Jingle’ takes place on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm at Church of Christ the King, Mautravers Close, Bradley Stoke, BS32 8EE. Special guests will be the Barn Ringers from Lincombe Barn, Downend, who bring their own unique brand of handbell and chime music. If you like to sing along there will be an opportunity to join in traditional carols and the programme will include music for all tastes. Interval refreshments will be in aid of the nominated charity Brain Tumour Support, which is based in Thornbury and offers support to families throughout the area. Tickets (adult £5; child 5-16 years £2) will be available on the door or in advance from choir members or Liz on 01454 614148.

In the new year, weekly rehearsals will re-start on Thursday 4th January at 7.30pm at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway. It will be a big year for the Singers as they celebrate their 25th birthday in the summer, and January is a great time to start something new. Musical directors Sian Walters and Philip Lawrence would love to welcome new voices to the choir for the busy schedule which already includes a performance at Temple Meads Station in the spring. Membership secretary Liz can give you further information on 01454 614148. There are no auditions and the first two rehearsals are free of charge.

Photo: Stokes Singers celebrate the marriage of their musical director Philip Lawrence and fellow choir member Rebecca Amery.

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