News

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.

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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