Local community choir Stokes Singers have been out and about as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, writes chair Anne King.
A first for us this year was a performance at Temple Meads Station as part of Youth Music’s ‘Give a Gig’ fundraiser. Temple Meads was one of ten major railway stations to host a musical event and Stokes Singers joined other choirs from the Bristol area to entertain travellers and raise 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 were very pleased to be involved.
It was a very musical day for us as we took the opportunity to sing on the train journey down to Temple Meads, then on Platform 3 and in the Station Café and finally at Bristol Parkway Station. We were able to tick off numbers 18 to 21 in our Sing 25 Challenge and are looking forward to completing the final five singing performances in the spring and summer.
On Monday 28th May, we will be at the Bank Holiday Fête at Stoke Gifford’s Trust Hall and in June we will return to the Buskathon at Southmead Hospital. Our own summer concert will be at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke on Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm. The Red Tie Choir from Little Stoke Primary School will be joining us and our guest musicians will be confirmed very soon. Details of these performances are at www.stokessingers.org.uk along with photos of our Sing 25 events. For more information you can use the contact form on the website or phone Liz on 01454 614148.
Photo: Stokes Singers in the café at Temple Meads.
This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 35). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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