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Musical Directors join forces

The autumn term has got off to an exciting start with a new take on the role of Musical Director for the choir.  Phil Lawrence, MD and accompanist, who has been with the choir since 2012 has been joined by a familiar face to share the role of leading the choir.

Sian Walters was Stokes Singers second Musical Director until 2008 when she moved out of the area.  Now locally based once more, Sian has been singing with the sopranos for two years and is now sharing the keyboard and baton with Phil.

Choir members are enjoying the skills which both Sian and Phil bring to weekly rehearsals and Thursday evenings are double the fun!

Successful Singing Workshop 26th April 2014

There was a large turn out of current and past choir members at a Singing Workshop at St Michaels School, Stoke Gifford on Saturday 26th April 2014 which was organised as part of the Stokes Singers 21st Anniversary celebrations.

The event was organised by Sue Callow and Anne King who did a great job in displaying photographs of the choir over the past 21 years and provided refreshments.

The Choir's current Musical Director, Phillip Lawrence and past MDs, Nick Breeze, Sian Walters and Ben Tansey each rehearsed songs to be included in the Summer Concert.

As each MD rehearsed their selected song it was interesting to experience their very different conducting/teaching styles - each one different, effective and great fun.

At the mid afternoon break we had the opportunity to catch up with old friends and try to spot ourselves in the photos displayed around the hall.

It was a great afternoon which may become an annual choir event.

 

Sian begining her rehearsal session

Sian begining her rehearsal session

Over the last 21 years Stokes Singers have been led by four Musical Directors, (left to right) Phillip Lawrence, Ben Tansey, Sian Walters and Nick Breeze. At the end of the workshop each was presented with a suitably dressed teddy bear.

Over the last 21 years Stokes Singers have been led by four Musical Directors, (left to right) Phillip Lawrence, Ben Tansey, Sian Walters and Nick Breeze. At the end of the workshop each was presented with a suitably dressed teddy bear.