Past Events

Halloween Quiz Night

Our Halloween themed quiz night on Friday 28th October saw family and friends join Stokes Singers for some scary questions devised by Jo and Derick.  Our knowledge of spooky music, films and books was well tested along with a very tricky round on phobias with challenging Latin names.  A supper break was welcome to give an opportunity to rest the grey cells!

The victors on the night were the 'Not Choir' team of Sue, Pete and Martin who claimed their reward  of jelly babies.

A re-match is planned for the New Year!

 

Stokes Singers Entertain at BIRU Frenchay

On Saturday 12th March Stokes Singers were pleased to entertain patients and staff at the Brain Injury Rehab. Unit in Frenchay with a selection of songs, some of which will be included in their Summer Concert in July.

Ellie Townsend, Stokes Singers, Chairperson said ‘We also had a song sheet with well-known ditties on such as ‘Pack up Your Troubles’, ‘I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’ and the choir’s favourite, ‘The Quartermaster’s Stores’.  These were passed out to the audience who were invited to join in in if they wished and it was great to see some of the patients doing just that.  Our aim as a Community Choir is to share our love of singing to all and encourage everyone to join in, which we felt was achieved during a very enjoyable afternoon’.  The choir has been invited back to the BIRU to entertain again later in the year. 

Stokes Singers Entertain at Osbourne Court

On Saturday 9th May Stokes Singers gathered at Osbourne Court Residential Home to entertain residents with a selection of songs from the war years. Residents joined us in singing old favourites such as 'White Cliffs of Dover', 'If You Were the Only Girl in the World' and 'Now is the Hour'.  It was a lovely way to celebrate the VE Day anniversary and was thoroughly enjoyed by singers and audience alike.

Stokes Singers Spring Barn Dance

On Friday 8th May Stokes Singers enjoyed an evening of dancing and laughter at St Chad's Hall in Patchway as Bailey's Beads, a 5 piece band comprising fiddles, piano accordian, keyboard and bass guitar, kept us on our feet with a sucession of foot-tapping tunes. Great fun was had by all as we tripped through traditional barn dances trying to get the moves right.  A fantastic 'American Supper' sustained us midway through the evening to which everyone contributed.  The event was very well attended and it is hoped that this may become an annual event. 

 

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Summer Concert 2014 - '21 Years of Song'

On Saturday 21st June 2014   at The Church of Christ the King , Stokes Singers presented an anniversary concert including favourite songs selected from each of our summer concert programmes since 1995. Included was a new song by our founding Musical Director, Nick Breeze, which was especially commissioned for this special occasion.

Musical Director Phillip Lawrence was joined by two past MDs, Nick Breeze and Sian Walters who each conducted a favourite number.  The programme of 21 songs included 'Poetry in Motion', 'Thank you for the Music', 'Unchained Melody', 'Bridge over Troubled Waters' as well as the specially commissioned 'Sing!'

Recordings of some numbers can be accessed via our Media Page.

Refereshments were sold during the interval with funds raised donated to the Alzheimer's Society.

Many thanks goes to those people who made the evening a resounding success:

Musical Director - Phillip Lawrence

Guest MDs - Nick Breeze, Sian Walters

Accompanist - Tim Hercock

Refreshment Team - Marian Gold, Betty Conibear, Jean Billing

Sound Engineer - Dickie Makaginsar

Recording - Paul Morrish

Front of House - Alan Smith, Rob Whalley

Church of Christ the King - Dave Barter




 

'Sounding the City' at St Georges

Stokes Singers  participated in the 2014 Bristol Festival of Song by taking part in 'Sounding the City' at St George's. This day long concert started at 10am and continued  until 6pm with emsembles and choirs from across the region giving performances throughout the day.

Stokes Singers performed a selection of sons from the Summer Concert Programme which were very well received by a appreciative audience who came to share the joy and inspiration that singing brings across the South West. The audience was free to wander in and out between sessions which offered a wide variety of musical styles and genre.

 

Singing at St Georges, part of the Bristol Festival of song




Stokes Singers Entertain - Park View Residantial Home

On 14th October 2014 Stokes Singers entertained residents and staff at Park View Residential Home with a selection of songs from our summer concert programme, as well as some sing-along favourites.

This is a regular event which the choir looks forward to and the residents seem to really enjoy.  The choir was made very welcome and spoiled with scrumptious cakes and tea atthe end of the performance.

It was a packed house once again and we are looking forward to catching up with the residents and staff again in 2015.

Christmas Concert 2014 - A Touch of Tinsel

On Saturday 13th December Stokes Singers held their annual Christmas concert, this year entitled 'A Touch of Tinsel' at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke.

The evening included a selection of seasonal music, carols and songs which put everyone in the mood for the Christmas season.

Our Programme included 'Gaudete', The Infant King and 'Il est ne le Devine Enfant' (which tested our french pronounciation) as well as 'Christmas Eve in my Hometown' and 'The Twelve Days after Christmas' - an alternative to the traditional version which recounted the demise of the partridge, the peartree and all the other gifts provided by an ex true love - great fun to sing and throughly enjoyed by the audience.

A small group of sopranos and altos sang a very pretty traditional spanish carol, 'A la Nanita Nana' and Lynne Annear and her brother Paul Bryant performed an original song 'Grandma's Lullaby'.  Unfortunately, due to illness one of our planned solo pieces had to be cancelled but happily Phil Lawrence stepped into the breach by reading a seasonal poem 'Be kind to your turkey this Christmas', composed no doubt by a vegetarian.  Phil also sang a Tom Lehrer song, 'Christmas Carol' which took a wry view of Christmas traditions.

Several Community Carols were included during the evening; our audience enthusiastically joined the choir in singing 'o Come all ye Faithful', 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', 'While Shepards Watched their Flocks' and 'Hark the Herald Angles'.

The proceeds of programme and refreshment sales were donated to our selected Charity, Medecin sans Frontiers who have been working hard to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  We were delighted to raise £350.00 for this very worthwhile cause.

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a great success.

Musical Director - Phillip Lawrence

Accompanist - Charmaine George

Percussionist - Paul Woodbury

Refreshment Team -  Marian Gold, Betty Conibear, Jean Billing

Recording - Paul Morrish

Front of House - Alan Smith