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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.

Counting down to our Autumn Term!

Just days left now until we start our Thursday rehearsals once more.  We're looking forward to welcoming some new faces and Phil has some great music lined up so come along on the 6th to Coniston Community Centre for a 7.30 start.

If you're not sure whether we're the choir for you, come and listen for a couple of weeks and see if you like us and our music.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thursday rehearsals re-start soon

Only 3 weeks of holiday left to rest those voices before rehearsals re-start on Thursday 6th September.  There's lots of lovely music planned and the diary is filling up for November and December!

Birthday Celebrations with Steel Storm and Red Tie Choir

Our 25th Birthday Concert was a great success with a full house at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke.  The audience enjoyed every moment of the programme which featured Steel Storm from Castle School, Thornbury and the Red Tie Choir from Little Stoke Primary School.

Rose Barton, local CLIC Sargent volunteer worker, was delighted to receive over £520 raised from donations on the evening. 

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 The Red Tie Choir led by Anne Sargent and Rosie Griffiths

The Red Tie Choir led by Anne Sargent and Rosie Griffiths

 Steel Storm from Castle School Thornbury with some members of the school's senior band Panache led by Gill Holmes

Steel Storm from Castle School Thornbury with some members of the school's senior band Panache led by Gill Holmes

 Stokes Singers perform with Phil Lawrence conducting.

Stokes Singers perform with Phil Lawrence conducting.

 Red Tie Choir and Stokes Singers combine for the Disney Medley conducted by Sian Walters

Red Tie Choir and Stokes Singers combine for the Disney Medley conducted by Sian Walters

Tickets for Summer Concert going fast!

If you need a rest from football come and join us for an evening of great music on Saturday 7th July at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke.

'It's Our Party!' celebrates the 25th birthday of Stokes Singers and we've invited along some friends to ensure the evening goes with a swing.  The Red Tie Choir from Little Stoke Primary School will be singing their own items as well as joining Stokes Singers and Steel Storm from Castle School, Thornbury will play some summery steel band tunes.

Our nominated charity for the evening is Clic Sargent which supports children, young people and their families through cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

Tickets are selling fast so to be sure of a seat please use the Contact tab on this website or ring Liz on 01454 614148

Afternoon singing with the Goldies

For the penultimate event in our Sing 25 Challenge, a group of us visited the Goldies singing group at St Michael's Church Centre, Stoke Gifford.  We were made very welcome by Adele and the group members and enjoyed an hour of sharing some great tunes.

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Tickets now on sale for 'It's Our Party!'

Tickets are now available for our 25th Anniversary concert on Saturday 7th July at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke.  Contact us via the Contact page or ring Liz on 01454 614 148.

Advance tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.  Some tickets will be available on the night at £6 and £3.

Summer Singing at Buskathon

Our regular Thursday rehearsal on 7th June turned out to be busier than usual when we started the evening at Southmead Hospital to perform in their fund raising June Buskathon event.  We were pleased to hear coins dropping into the collecting buckets as we ran through a whole range of songs as a taster of our summer concert and staff, patients and visitors stopped to listen.

Then we headed back to Coniston Community Centre for the second part of the evening to work on the final polish ready for the big night on Saturday 7th July.

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Bank Holiday Singing at Stoke Gifford Fete

On Bank Holiday Monday we met up to entertain at Stoke Gifford Fete at the Trust Hall grounds.  The weather was lovely and the audience appreciative.  We can thoroughly recommend the tea and cakes!

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'It's Our Party' - celebratory Summer Concert

This year's summer concert is titled 'It's Our Party!' to reflect the 25th birthday of the choir.  The title might also give you a clue as to what's included in the jam-packed programme.  There will be a few old favourites for those who've known us for a long time but also some surprises as we present some new music.

Our special guests Red Tie Choir and Steel Storm will ensure that the evening goes with a swing!

 

Performance at Buskathon confirmed

On Thursday 7th June, we'll be at Southmead Hospital singing as part of their fundraising Buskathon from 7.00pm until 7.50pm.  Then we'll be heading back to Coniston Community Centre at Patchway to finish the evening with our usual weekly rehearsal.

Performance at Stoke Gifford Fete confirmed

Stokes Singers are looking forward to performing at Stoke Gifford Fete for the first time.  We'll be singing at 3.00pm during the Bank Holiday Fete on Monday 28th May at the Trust Hall Field  in Stoke Gifford.  

This is always a very enjoyable event so come along and enjoy the side shows and refreshments and hear our songs.

Red Tie Choir confirmed as guests at Summer Concert

Stokes Singers are delighted to confirm that the Red Tie Choir from Little Stoke Primary School are to be our special guests at our Summer Concert on Saturday 7th July.  Around 30 children aged 7 to 11 will be joining us to perform some of their favourite songs and we hope that there will be an opportunity for both choirs to sing together.

Anne Sargent, Deputy Head Teacher at the school and Director of the Red Tie Choir, says the children are very excited about the concert!  We look forward to welcoming them and their families along with school staff in July.

Stokes Singers now on Twitter

Our Twitter account is now set up so if you have a Twitter account or know someone who has, please follow @StokesSingers and re-tweet our tweets to spread the word.

Give-a-Gig Fundraiser at Bristol Temple Meads Station

On Saturday 24th March 2018 we joined the Youth Music event 'Give-a-Gig' to sing to travellers and staff at Temple Meads Station.  This was part of a national fundraiser happening at 10 railway stations throughout the country with 100 choirs taking part.

Stokes Singers took the opportunity to add 4 singing performances to our Sing 25 Challenge which celebrates the choir's 25th year.

 Singing on the train from Bristol Parkway to Temple Meads

Singing on the train from Bristol Parkway to Temple Meads

 Great acoustics in the cafe!

Great acoustics in the cafe!

 One last song back at Bristol Parkway

One last song back at Bristol Parkway

 Singing to travellers on Platform 3

Singing to travellers on Platform 3

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.