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December 2019. We performed our first Christmas Concert to a packed house under the baton of our Musical Director Nichola Atwell for whom this was her first concert with the choir. Our accompanist was Helen Kurcharek. Our programme included "May it Be" from Lord of the Rings, " A Million Dreams ' from the Greatest Showman, "Come to us Emmanuel" and " The Prayer with Lead us Lord ". We were also joined by four pupils from Westonbirt School who sang both individually and as a quartet a varied selection of songs. The audience also joined in with carols " Once in Royal davids City",and "Joy to the World"
The evening was a great success and we thank everyone who came for their support.
August 2019. Once again we were invited to sing at Holiday and Home held at Christ Church on the 1st and 2nd August.2019. One change from previous years was that of our Musical Director, as this was the first event for Nicki Atwell who had taken over from Richard George following our concert in April.
The theme for this year's event was "On the Farm" and one of the songs we sung was " O what a Beautiful Morning " from Oklahoma which our audience joined in with the chorus. For us this is now an annual event that we thoroughly enjoy and we look forward to Holiday at Home 2020.
April 2019 We again performed our anniversary concert at The Goods Shed, Tetbury. Regretably it was the last concert under the direction of our Musical Director Richard George. We were however pleased to see to see our new Musical Director, Nicola Atwell in our Audience which numbered a near sell out of 160.
We were also pleased to have Alyssia Waite, a sixteen year old soprano, as our guest soloist.
Alyssia gave a very professional performance which delighted both the choir and audience alike with music ranging from O Mio Babbino Caro by Giacomo Puccini to Viliar by Franz Lehar.
The concert was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research and the evening raised the princely sum of £1400. We thank everybody, including The Goods Shed, who supported us and the charity for what proved a very enjoyable evening.
To conclude our programme for the year a small group from the choir sang at St. Mary's Day Centre for residents of Tetbury. They had been invited by local company Prestige Nursing + Care to come along for lunch and to be entertained. The choir sang a number of Carols which everyone was invited to join in. The accompaniment on the accordion was provided by our very own Chairman Paul Harley.
We are The Tetbury Community Choir and as such are always pleased to attend occasions such as this
for local organisations. Do please contact our Events Manager John Saynor if you have an event you would like us to sing at.
Our final concert of the year took place at St. Mary's Primary School Tetbury. to raise funds for the refurbishment of the School Hall. Our soloist for the evening was local singer Heather Bristow whose
performance included a traditional Irish Song " Siuill A Run " and " The Old Rugged Cross ".
The choir's repertoire, some thirteen songs, commenced with Labi Siffre's " Something Inside So Strong", included "For the Beauty of the Earth " by John Rutter and " Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whittaker ending with our now signature song " Do You Hear The People Sing " from " Les Miserable ".
We were very pleased to be again asked to sing at the " Holiday at Home " event at Christ
Church Tetbury on the 9th and 10th of August 2018 . Our repertoire commenced with a number
called "Thank me Lucky Stars ", composed and written by our Musical Director Richard especially for
Our programme ended with "Do you hear the People Sing " from the musical "Les Miserable"
We are already looking forward to August 2019 when we hope to return to preform again.
Following on from our concert in February at St. Mary's Church, the Goods Shed was the venue for our concert on the 18th April attended and supported by an audience of 120.
The programme was an eclectic mix of music which hopefully suited all tastes
From the surplus raised a cheque was recently presented to The Friends of Tetbury Hospital.
We were also very privileged to have as our soloist Maria Jagusz, an internationally renowned mezzo soprano. Maria has also helped improve the choir's interpretation and presentation of it's repertoire by holding a workshop in March prior to the concert, with another to follow at the end of April.
A big thank you must go to those volunteers from The Goods Shed who also helped make the evening
very enjoyable and successful.
The choir were asked to give a concert at St. Mary's Church Tetbury to raise funds for improvements to the access at the West Door of the Church.The concert was organised by Michelle Maund and John Saynor, members of both the church and choir. Our thanks go to both of them not only for their organisational skills but also for the sale of 140 tickets which contributed to a total raised of £1180.
The evening was a great success and much enjoyed by both the choir and audience alike.
We were very fortunate to have soloist Gillian Wells, a recent graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, to sing for us.She gave a very varied and accomplished rendering of songs, augmenting our programme which ranged from
John Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth", Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins ending with the rousing song from Les Miserables "Do you hear the people sing"
We were very lucky to secure the services of the mezzo-soprano Maria Jagusz for a workshop. Maria has sung with many leading opera companies including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and as well as working in the opera and theatre, Maria has considerable experience as a concert artist - she appeared recently with our Musical Director Richard George at his 'Train Stories' concert in Tetbury. Maria is also a committed and talented vocal coach, and shared her expertise and led the workshop; we had a proper Choral workout!
The choir were asked to sing at the "Holiday at Home" event organised by the Three Churches
in Tetbury. This is an annual two day event where residents of Tetbury are invited to come
and enjoy a day taking part in various activities and be entertained by performances from
many different acts In between the entertainment the residents are provided with lunch and afternoon tea.The choir very much enjoyed this occasion and hope to be asked to return in 2018.
We took part in the Upton Choir Festival (see picture in the gallery page), a competition for 6 Community choirs or similar singing groups. We did ourselves proud, particularly as only half of us could make it as being a Bank Holiday this event clashed with many other activities, including the Tetbury Woolsack day! We were up against 5 semi-professional choirs, 4 of which had 50+ members, with separate accompanists, so unsurprisingly we didn't win anything, but we had a great time and learnt so much from the experience. There are a few more pictures on their website at .
We performed a concert at the Goods Shed in Tetbury, to celebrate the opening of this new venue and raised funds for further refurbishment; it was a sellout, of 180 seats, and a great success, exceeding all our expectations. What started out as an 'experiment' for the Goods Shed turned into a joyous evening of good quality music and certainly worth much more than the £5 entry fee! We are hoping that this will be an annual event. We raised £1482, and have had some wonderful feedback, and were still being stopped in the street in Tetbury with congratulations a week later.
We hosted a very successful visit from a choir from Zwingenberg in Germany Twinned with Tetbury and called, ‘UNISONO Zwingenberg’, www.unisono-zwingenberg.de,
We took part in a full day Handel’s Messiah workshop lead by Fiona and Rob Clarke, both of whom had previously been members of the early music choral group Harry Christopher’s ‘The Sixteen’. This was a new simple arrangement by Fiona of the choruses of The Messiah, in three parts, specifically for amateurs and community choirs.
We sing occasionally at local fund raising events, at Christmas concerts and for residents at local care homes such as Ilsom House and Kingsley House.We sing for the Christ Church ‘Holiday at Home’ event each summer.
If you would like us to sing for you, we don't charge - do get in touch - see Contacts page.
We had a fantastic singing workshop with Jeremy Jackman, who was for ten years first counter-tenor with The King’s Singers. He is a musician whose work in the field of vocal/choral music is of the highest international standard and now enjoys an enviable reputation as a choral director and choir trainer.