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Singing at Stoke Gifford Fete on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May

Stokes Singers are delighted to have been invited to join the fun once more at Stoke Gifford Fete on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May.

The event runs at the Trust Hall Grounds, North Road, Stoke Gifford from 2pm until 5pm and includes traditional rides, tea and cakes, barbecue, side shows and craft stalls and a dog show.

Filton Concert Brass Band will also be performing so it should be a very musical afternoon.

There is more information at the Stoke Gifford Trust website stokegiffordtrust.org.uk

Singing together at our Spring Workshop

Our Spring Singing Workshop on Saturday 27th April was a great event with 50 singers coming together to sing 3 songs in 3 part harmony led by 3 Musical Directors.

We welcomed visitors from Bradley Stoke Community Singers, Crossbow Singers, Yate’s Good Afternoon Choir as well as friends and family to share the music making and rather a lot of cake!

The Green Leaves of Summer led by Stokes Singers’ Joint Musical Director Sian Walters

The Green Leaves of Summer led by Stokes Singers’ Joint Musical Director Sian Walters

Nick Breeze, who started Stokes Singers in 1993, conducts I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Nick Breeze, who started Stokes Singers in 1993, conducts I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Phil Lawrence, our Joint Musical Director, on keyboard whilst we sing his arrangement of Stand By Me.

Phil Lawrence, our Joint Musical Director, on keyboard whilst we sing his arrangement of Stand By Me.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon and we hope to invite our visitors to join us again.

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Tickets selling well for Spring Singing Workshop

We’ve had a lot of interest in our Spring Singing Workshop which takes place on Saturday 27th April at St Michael’s Primary School, Stoke Gifford.

Led by our two co-Musical Directors Sian and Phil along with Nick Breeze who started the choir in 1993, the afternoon will be a whistle stop tour through 3 songs, hopefully in 3 part harmony.

Whether you are a novice or experienced singer, you’re very welcome to come along and share the fun. We’ll be meeting from 1.30 for a prompt start at 2.00 and will be singing through to around 4.30pm although we will stop for light refreshments !

Tickets for over 18s are £5. To be sure of your place please contact Gillian on 0779 0909 726 to arrange payment. There may be a limited number of tickets for sale on the day but we can’t guarantee this.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Victory for The Four Musketeers

Our Quiz night and American Supper on Friday evening was a big success and brought out a competitive streak in many of our singers. A huge thank you is due to our Quiz Masters Jo and Derrick who not only devised the questions but kept everyone in order.

Congratulations to The Four Musketeers who won the quiz and Team CCC, winners of the Welsh themed picture round.

Our winners The Four Musketeers

Our winners The Four Musketeers

Team CCC won the picture quiz

Team CCC won the picture quiz

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours!

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours!

More neighbours in the Cade Close team

More neighbours in the Cade Close team

This team had No Idea!

This team had No Idea!

No cheating from The Crooks!

No cheating from The Crooks!

And finally, a quizzical look from Quiz Master Derrick

And finally, a quizzical look from Quiz Master Derrick

Wanted - more tenors and basses!

We’ve recently had new members join Stokes Singers and the choir is sounding very good. There’s always room for more though. Our Musical Directors Sian and Phil are keen to recruit more men or ladies who can sing tenor or bass to maintain a good balance of voices.

If you’re thinking of joining us, there is more information here and we’d love to welcome you to a Thursday rehearsal at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway BS34 5LP.

New term gets off to a good start

We’re now well into our new term and have made a good start on our music for 2019 performances. Lots of familiar faces are back again and there’s room for more, especially men and ladies with lower voices. If you’re interested in joining the choir, the next couple of weeks are an ideal time as you’ll be able to learn along with everyone else. Have a look at our new Joining Stokes Singers page for more information.

Happy New Year from Stokes Singers!

Stokes Singers wish our friends a Happy and Prosperous 2019! Our rehearsals will re-start on Thursday 10th January so if you are thinking of singing in the new year take a look at our new Joining Us page.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Christmas from Stokes Singers!

Our Christmas singing dates were completed last week with a visit to the Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Unit at Frenchay and a guest spot at Cameo Orchestra’s concert at Warmley. It’s been a busy end to a very successful year for the choir and our two Musical Directors Phil and Sian.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Christmas to our families, friends, audience and all the many singers and musicians with whom we’ve performed during 2018.

The choir are now taking a well earned Christmas break until Thursday 10th January 2019 when rehearsals will re-start at 7.30pm at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway.

'Sing Noel' - a big success!

Last night’s Christmas concert was a great success. A very appreciative audience joined us at Church of Christ the King to enjoy music from Stokes Singers and our guests Oldland Brass Ensemble.

A huge thank you to the church members who did such a good job at preparing the church for us and to our helpers who took care of front of house and refreshments. Photos to follow …..

Tickets for tonight's Christmas Concert

If you don’t yet have your ticket for tonight’s concert, you’ll be pleased to know that you will be able to pay on the door.

All advance tickets have sold out but 40 tickets have been held back for sale this evening at £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 5 - 16 years.

Come and relax with us and enjoy an evening of festive songs and music with the opportunity to hear the Oldland Brass Ensemble and a piano solo from our Musical Director Phil Lawrence. Sian will conduct the choir and give you a chance to sing along too.

We’ll be serving interval refreshments in aid of Parkinson’s UK so come and support this very worthwhile charity.

We look forward to seeing you very soon.

Singing for Buskathon at The Mall

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Here we are at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway entertaining shoppers and supporting Southmead Hospital in their Christmas Buskathon. Thank you to those who stopped to listen and to donate to this worthwhile charity. Dickie, our photographer, snapped us from the escalator and when he got down to our level, took a few more pictures of our first Christmas event of 2018.

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Here’s Sian, one of our Musical Directors, conducting.

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A group photo at the end of our set and Phil, our other Musical Director, has left the piano to join us.

Back to Christmas Buskathon!

On Saturday 1st December we’ll be returning to support Southmead Hospital’s Buskathon but this year we’ll be performing in John Lewis at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway. The music starts at 11.00am with Bristol Male Voice Choir and we’ll be rounding off the programme from 4.00pm.

Look out for us in our Christmas jumpers with our usual festive headgear and, of course, our jingle bells!

Meanwhile here’s a memory of last year’s Buskathon in the hospital atrium at Southmead.

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Tickets now available for 'Sing Noel' - our Christmas concert

Tickets for Sing Noel on Saturday 8th December are on sale now!

Advance tickets are available for £5 (adults) and £2.50 (children 5 - 16 years) from choir members, from Liz on 01454 614 148 or through the ‘Contact Us’ page of this website.

A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door for £6 (adults) and £3 (children).

As our Summer concert was a sell out please buy early to be sure of your seat.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

In the festive mood!

At last Thursday’s rehearsal we took an early opportunity to wear our Christmas jumpers and headgear for a photo call. Graham from the basses even brought along his carol singing lantern! Can you spot our Musical Directors Phil and Sian who entered into the festive spirit too?

Rehearsals are going well for our concert on Saturday 8th December and we’re looking forward to a great evening.

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Parkinson's UK chosen as Christmas charity

Choir members have chosen Parkinson’s UK as the nominated charity for this year’s Christmas concert.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition causing problems in the brain which worsen over time. Around 145,000 people in the UK are living with Parkinson’s; that’s about 1 adult in every 350.

Parkinson’s UK are working to change attitudes and find a cure as well as offering support and information to those diagnosed with the disease and their families and carers.

Refreshments will be served during the concert and donations invited for the charity.

Oldland Brass Ensemble confirmed for Christmas Concert

We are pleased to confirm that our guests at this year’s Christmas concert will be Oldland Brass Ensemble who will accompany the traditional carols as well as playing their own choice of music.  Founded in 2002, the ensemble is led by Bob Lavis and comprises cornets, flugelhorn, tenor horn, euphonium and bass.  Such an unconventional line up demands some skilful arrangements from Bob resulting in a repertoire that covers everything from ‘Mozart to Modern’ and we look forward to welcoming the players.

October is double the fun!

We’re now 1 month into our Autumn term and making good progress on our music for Christmas with our Musical Director Phil Lawrence.

Welcome to some new faces who’ve joined us and settled in already.

October sees the return of our second Musical Director Sian Walters from her September sabbatical so rehearsals will be double the fun! Come and join us soon for your first 2 rehearsals free of charge.