The Filtones Choir bid a sad farewell to their conductor

001The Filtones Choir members have bid a sad farewell to their Conductor, Mike Watson, who decided to retire in December 2014. He was presented with a Bristol Blue Glass plate inscribed with a dedication for his loyal service to the choir for fifteen years, five as accompanist and the last ten as Music Director. At a final gathering just prior to Christmas, he also made his last presentations of cheques for £450 each to two of the three charities that the Filtones have been supporting this year, the first presentation being in July 2014 with £1,000 to the charity ‘Action for M.E.’ and these last two donations being to Claremont School for their Starfish Pool Appeal and to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. During Mike Watson’s ten year tenure as Music Director, he has been instrumental in the Choir raising £20,000 for various charities and its members hope to continue his good work in the future with even more charitable fund raising.

007They are now actively seeking a new MD to replace Mike, but until one is appointed, they will be ably supported by their two excellent accompanists, and will continue to meet and rehearse on Wednesday afternoons from 1.45 to 3.45 pm. at Eden Grove Methodist Church, Horfield.

The choir is always open to new members, and is non auditioning, so there is no need to be anxious. You don’t have to be able to read music as learning CDs are available – just go along on a Wednesday afternoon and give them a try, or you can ring first and speak to Chairman, Niall O’Doherty on 0117 923 2590 or Secretary, Jean Day on 0117 3294704 if you want more information. They are a very friendly crowd!

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