Wednesday 14 July 2021
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Back to singing!
As the Government lifts Lockdown from next Monday July 19 the relaxation on indoor groups gives a green light to singing and choirs across the UK.
Recognised as one of the leaders in choral singing, Bath-based, Grenville Jones will be restarting and launching a number of new choirs across the West of England in the weeks ahead.
“We certainly have not been idle during these last few months and plans are in place. My popular Good Afternoon Choirs in Devizes, Wells, Keynsham and Bath as well as South Gloucestershire, Frome, Yeovil, Bristol, Thornbury, North Somerset and Yate and Chipping Sodbury were all forced to stop. They will all restart (as detailed below) with the addition of nine new Good Afternoon Choirs for folks in Cheltenham, Swindon, Cirencester and Stroud, Salisbury, Taunton, Cheddar Valley, Truro and Falmouth.
“In addition Grenville’s two evening choirs, the celebrated Bath Male Choir and his Bath Welcome Chorusmixed-voice choir of over 100 voices will begin rehearsals again in early September.
“It’s been such a hard time for the members of our choirs who have desperately missed the singing and social friendships, but at last, we can look forward to being together again, singing, smiling and planning concerts which will support many local organisations and charities,” adds Grenville.
“We introduced Zoom rehearsals as well as popular YouTube sofa singing during 2020/2021, but it’s just wonderful to be back ‘live’ again.”
There are no auditions required to join Grenville’s Good Afternoon Choirs. The accent is clearly on enjoyment through music together and making new friends. Over 800 people sang in the choir’s that were forced to close last March.
The Good Afternoon Choirs…
Wells Good Afternoon Choir will be moving to a new venue at St Thomas Church and starting back on Tuesday August 17 with Grenville leading and accompanist Sheila Ross.
Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir will start back on Wednesday August 18 with Grenville at the new venue of St John’s / Keynsham Parish Church with Sandie Middleton as accompanist.
The new Swindon Good Afternoon Choir will launch on Thursday August 26 with John Sandford and an open rehearsal at Freshbrook Church.
The new Salisbury Good Afternoon Choir will launch with an open rehearsal at Salisbury United Reformed Church on Friday August 27 with Andy Brockway as conductor.
The new Taunton Good Afternoon Choir will launch on Tuesday August 31 at Temple Methodist Church with talented local musician Chris Grabham.
North Somerset Good Afternoon Choir returns to Nailsea Methodist Church on Wednesday September 1 with, a new leader, Ruth Jenkins and accompanist Celia Holland.
South Gloucestershire Good Afternoon Choir starts back with leader Matt Finch on Wednesday September 1 at Kingswood Community Centre’s Great Hall.
Bath Good Afternoon Choir with Grenville will be starting back on Thursday September 2 at Bath Central United Reformed Church / Argyle Hall with accompanist Sandie Middleton.
Thornbury Good Afternoon Choir will start back on Thursday September 2 at Thornbury United Reformed Church with a new leader, the multi talented Brendan Casey.
Yeovil Good Afternoon Choir starts back on Friday September 3 with new conductor Chris Grabham at The Gateway, Yeovil Community Church.
Cornwall – two new Good Afternoon Choirs will start in Truro and Falmouth. The Truro Good Afternoon Choir will be taken by Andy Farris with the first open rehearsal ‘come and meet us’ on Monday September 6 at Truro Methodist Church. The Falmouth Good Afternoon Choir will also be taken by Andy starting on Friday September 3 with an open rehearsal at Falmouth Methodist Church.
Bristol Good Afternoon Choir will start back on Monday September 6 with John Sandford as the new leader at the new venue of St Monica Trust’s Oatley House Hall.
Frome Good Afternoon Choir starts back with its popular leader and conductor Matt Finch on Monday September 6 at Holy Trinity Church.
The new Cheddar Valley Good Afternoon Choir will launch with an open rehearsal on Tuesday September 7 at Shipham Hall with Kate Lynch and accompanist Robert Anderson.
Yate & Chipping Sodbury Good Afternoon Choir starts back on Wednesday September 8 at St Mary’s Church with Sian Walters and Carolyn Dutton as accompanist.
Devizes Good Afternoon Choir will start back again with Grenville on Friday September 10 at St Andrew’s Church and accompanist Tim Charity.
The new Cheltenham Good Afternoon Choir will launch with an open rehearsal on Monday September 13 at Emmanuel Church with Sandra Burne and accompanist Mark Harmer.
The new Cirencester & Stroud Good Afternoon Choir will launch with an open rehearsal on Tuesday October 5 at Cirencester Baptist Church with John Sandford.