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Choirs

Ashley Down Community Choir are a small, friendly (and free!) adult choir which started in the summer of 2011, based at Ashley Down Primary School, Downend Road, Horfield BS7 9PD. They are led by Laurie Stewart, and receive financial support from Bristol Choral Society, which works closely with two local primary schools to increase the opportunities for children and their families to experience singing together. They meet in the Tune Room between 6pm and 7pm on alternate Wednesdays of term time (sessions for the next two terms are Jan 11th, 18th, Feb 8th, 22nd, March 7th and possibly 14th.) Their repertoire is varied and interesting, often based around a theme bringing children and adults together in informal “song-shares” and celebrations. They will be taking part in the Bristol Arts and Music Service performance at the Colston Hall in April of “Titanic”. All levels of experience are welcome.

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Bristol Ladies Choir is an all age group, singing a wide selection of music, secular and religious, for charity and entertainment concerts. The choir sings a wide range of music from classical to light, including folk songs and songs from musicals. The choir rehearses weekly in two separate sections to suit the convenience of its members. Bristol Ladies Choir gives two main concerts each year. The choir also participates in approximately 9 to 10 other concerts in the Bristol area each year. The choir rehearses weekly in two separate sections to suit the convenience of its members.

The two sections are then brought together for a final rehearsal at Victoria Methodist Church before appearing at any concerts. Thursday Group – Thursday 2.15 pm to 3.45 pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Road, Bishopston BS7 8NA. Friday Group – Friday 7.00 pm to 8.45 pm at Victoria Methodist Church, Whiteladies Road, Clifton. The choir always welcomes new members. No audition is required, only the ability to sing in tune with enthusiasm. If you are interested in finding out more about choir membership there are two ways to contact us. Tel: 0117 9246587 (Hazel Wickham) or visit our website.

Bristol Male Voice Choir was originally founded in 1968 is now one of the largest male voice choirs in the West Country with around eighty members drawn from across Filton, Bradley Stoke, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
The Choir has raised thousands of pounds for good causes over the last four decades and has established a reputation for musical excellence. Its music is drawn from around the world and its wide repertoire includes operatic choruses, sacred music, spirituals and songs from stage and screen. Want to add your voice? The Choir rehearse at 7.15pm on a Thursday night at Filton College (South), Filton Avenue, Filton, South Gloucestershire, BS34 7AT.

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Filton College (South), Filton Avenue, Filton, South Gloucestershire, BS34 7AT

The Gurt Lush Choir is led by Sam Burns. Sam grew up in Bristol, had an entirely unremarkable education, then spent seven years with infamous local band The Moonflowers, best known for playing naked at Ashton Court Festival, setting fire to their trousers, and harassing Avon and Somerset Constabulary in large cardboard fish costumes. In 1993 he moved to Normandy and spent seven years working as a site labourer, antiques restorer, head gardener and builder, before starting to teach bass at the village music school. He was soon also teaching sax, cello and guitar and directing singing in local schools. He also started directing two village choirs. In 2008 he returned to Bristol and since then has worked in primary and secondary schools across the city as a singing teacher and choirleader. He started the Gurt Lush Choir in October 2009, which swiftly grew to the 200+ members it has today. He now lives in Bishopston with his French wife and four children. He would like to thank Bristol for being an extraordinarily hospitable singing city that loves to say ‘Yes!’ to energetic music making. Three choirs make up Gurt Lush, Hotwells Voices, Park Voices & Redland Voices all currently have vacancies.

Part of the Gurt Lush Choir, The Hotwells choir meets on Thursdays 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at Holy Trinity Church, Hotwells Road, BS8 4ST. Contact the secretary Jess by e-mail, or just turn up! Membership is £30 for one term or £50 for two, payable in a one-off payment at the start of term (or pro rata if you join mid-term). Concessionary rates are available. Everyone is entitled to 3 free tasters at Redland & Hotwells, or 1 free taster in Park Voices. Please turn up 5-10 mins early, so we can be sure to start on time!

jess@gurtlushchoir.com

Part of the Gurt Lush Choir, Park Voices meet on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Bartholomew’s Church Hall, Sommerville Road, BS6 5BZ. Contact the secretary Sue or just turn up!

Membership is £30 for one term or £50 for two, payable in a one-off payment at the start of term (or pro rata if you join mid-term). Concessionary rates are available. Everyone is entitled to 3 free tasters at Redland & Hotwells, or 1 free taster in Park Voices.

Please turn up 5-10 mins early, so we can be sure to start on time!

07906 994262
sue@gurtlushchoir.com

Part of the Gurt Lush Choir, Redland choir meets on Thursdays 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, BS6 6JE. Contact the secretary Adel or just turn up!

Membership is £30 for one term or £50 for two, payable in a one-off payment at the start of term (or pro rata if you join mid-term). Concessionary rates are available. Everyone is entitled to 3 free tasters at Redland & Hotwells, or 1 free taster in Park Voices.

Please turn up 5-10 mins early, so we can be sure to start on time!

07587 145316
adel@gurtlushchoir.com

Henleaze Ladies’ Choir meets every Thursday afternoon from 1.45-3.45pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze. We are a friendly group who, under our conductor Jane Walton, sing a varied programme of songs and enjoy each other’s company. We give two main concerts a year and are invited to sing at various clubs and ‘Homes for the Elderly’. We also hold several social events during the year Why not come along and try a couple of rehearsals and see if you like us. Being able to read music is not absolutely essential as we learn the songs very thoroughly.

Out There Music Choir

Out There Music is an exciting and unique Bristol based music organisation run by musician Tom Jones. Out There Community choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra and Childrens Choir are all ensembles currently running under Out There Musics umbrella. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME. Two big shows are performed each year and the Choirs and Orchestra also sing and perform throughout the year at various events around Bristol.

Out There Music Community Choir

The Choir was founded in 2008 with just 25 members and has now grown to a choir of over a 100 and is recognised as being one of Bristols most active community choirs. There is no audition required to be part of the choir and as its name suggests Out There Music aims to inspire people to get out there and take part in all sorts of musical activities, it is inclusive and most importantly enjoyable! We rehearse on Thursday evenings during term time from 7.45pm – 9.45pm at Westbury Park Primary School. Costs are £75 per twelve week term or £37.50 for under 18s. Come along and enjoy a free trial session and see what it is all about.

Out There Music Childrens Choir

No audition is required and the repertoire is designed to appeal to children. The Choir rehearse at Westbury Park Primary School on Mondays from 3.45pm – 5pm during term time and is open to children aged 7 – 13. The choir costs £60 per twelve week term. Come along and enjoy a free trial session.

Chamber Choir

This is a smaller Choir and entrance is by audition. Rehearsals are on Mondays during term time from 7.45pm – 9.45pm at Redland Park United Reform Church. Costs are £90 per twelve week term or £45 for under 18s.

07866 587424
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0117 3307562
fran@naturalvoice.net
St. Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Road, Bristol