Spring is in the air for Stokes Singers as we look forward to marking the 25th anniversary of our choir later in 2018, writes Sue Callow, publicity officer.
Several new members have joined us and we enjoyed a quiz evening and a visit to Crossbow Singers at Frampton Cotterell to share one of their rehearsals. Nick Breeze, who founded the choir in 1993, has been back to lead one of our regular Thursday evenings at Coniston Community Centre and we’re working hard with our musical directors Phil and Sian on a selection of songs with a celebratory feel to entertain our audiences.
A first for us this year is a performance at Temple Meads Station on Saturday 24th March as part of Youth Music’s ‘Give a Gig’ fundraiser. Temple Meads is one of ten major railway stations to host a musical event and Stokes Singers will be one of many local choirs entertaining travellers and raising some vital funds.
Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances. They believe everyone should have the chance to make music. Their projects help young people develop musically but they also have personal and social outcomes too. Those facing difficulties – economic problems, lifelong conditions, tough circumstances or behavioural issues – are often the ones who get the most out of music-making.
Each year more than 350 Youth Music projects are happening across England. That’s around 75,000 children and young people regularly making music. In our area, Youth Music is supporting projects at Knowle West Media Centre and Redcliffe Children’s Centre and Nursery and we’re very pleased to be involved.
If you’d like to try making some music and singing in harmony, why not come along to our weekly rehearsals at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway. We meet on Thursdays during term-time, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, and our membership secretary Liz (01454 614148) would be happy to give you more information. There are no auditions and your first two rehearsals are free of charge whilst you get to know us.
A date for your diary is our own Summer Concert on Saturday 7th July at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke, which will feature some special guests and possibly a birthday cake!
Photo: Stokes Singers join Crossbow Singers at Frampton Cotterell.
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