Last year (2017) ended on a high for Stokes Singers with a trio of events to celebrate the festive season, writes Sue Callow, publicity officer.
At Poplars Farm Shop, the choir sang to entertain shoppers and attracted some young supporters to accompany our songs by playing Jingle bells. Delicious samples of the food and drink sold in the shop went down very well too!
Our Christmas Concert at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke was a sell-out and our guests, the Barn Ringers from Downend, added a very special feel to the evening with beautiful arrangements of carols and songs. Thanks to the generosity of the audience, £400 was collected for Thornbury based charity Brain Tumour Support and Julie Harvey, who is currently being supported by the organisation, was able to explain how funds are used to help patients and their families.
A return visit to Southmead Hospital for the Christmas Buskathon was our final performance of the year. Singing in the atrium of the Brunel Building is an amazing experience and we were pleased to support the hospital’s Prostate Cancer Appeal whilst entertaining passing staff, patients and visitors.
The choir have completed 13 of the 25 events that celebrate our forthcoming 25th birthday next summer. Our calendar for early 2018 is filling up and already includes an outdoor performance at Temple Meads Station in March. We would love to welcome some new members to share the fun when weekly rehearsals re-start on Thursday 4th January at 7.30pm. We meet at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway and our membership secretary Liz can give you further information on 01454 614148. There are no auditions and the first two rehearsals are free of charge.
Photos: 1 Stokes Singers performing at Poplars Farm Shop, Frampton Cotterell. 2 Christmas Concert at Church of Christ the King.
This article originally appeared in the January 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 11). 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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