Friday December 31 2021
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The popularity of choir singing is well known and a project started by Bath-based musician Grenville Jones, based on afternoon singing, is taking off across the West of England.
Grenville’s reputation as choir leader extends across the UK and it was back in 2008 that his City of Bath Male Choir reached a World-wide audience through the BBC’s popular Saturday night series ‘Last Choir Standing’.
“Together with friends who were also choir leaders we recognized the issues that came, especially with older singers in the winter, with problems of attending rehearsals on cold dark evenings. An obvious solution to me seemed to be Singing in the Afternoon and I started the Bath Good Afternoon Choir in my home City 9 years ago.
“The project then took off and there are now 19 Good Afternoon Choirs across the West of England with plans to start more this year (2022).”
As the number of choirs have grown they have raised many thousands of pounds for local charities and during the recent Christmas period over 20 locally-based groups were supported by the choirs raising around £3,000.
The Good Afternoon Choirs take place across the South West on…
Mondays - Bristol at Oatley House Hall St Monica Trust (at the new time) 2pm-4pm. Cheltenham at Highbury Congregational Church from 1pm-3pm. Frome at Holy Trinity Church from 2pm-4pm. Truro at Truro Methodist Church (Parlour) from 1pm-3pm.
Tuesdays - Cheddar Valley at Shipham Hall from 1pm-3pm. Cirencester & Stroud at Cirencester Baptist Church from 2pm-4pm. Taunton at Temple Methodist Church from 2pm-4pm. Wells at St Thomas Church from 2pm-4pm.
Wednedays - Keynsham at St John’s / Keynsham Parish Church from 2pm-4pm. North Somerset at Nailsea Methodist Church from 1pm-3pm. South Gloucestershire at Kingswood Community Centre (Great Hall) from 2pm-4pm. Yate & Chipping Sodbury at St Mary’s Church from 2pm-4pm.
Thursdays - Bath at Bath Central URC (Argyle Hall) from 2pm-4pm. Swindon at Freshbrook Church from 1pm-3pm. Thornbury at Turnberries Community Centre from 1pm-3pm.
Fridays - Devizes at St Andrew’s Church from 2pm-4pm. Falmouth at Falmouth Methodist Church (Wesley Hall) from 1pm-3pm. Salisbury at Salisbury Baptist Church from 1pm-3pm. Yeovil at The Gateway / Yeovil Community Church from 1pm-3pm.
Grenville himself takes four of the choirs in and around Bath and the other Good Afternoon Choirs are all led by local talented musicians. Each choir has an individual page with full information on the website www.goodafternoonchoir.org
There are no auditions required to join your local Good Afternoon Choir and the leaders are always keen to point out that the emphasis is on fun, friendship and singing together. Across the 19 choirs there are over 900 singers and fund raising concerts and singing tours are being planned for this year (2022).
The choirs start back week commencing January 10 with an open invitation to any potential new members to go along and ‘discover’ your local Good Afternoon Choir.
“The members of the choirs choose the local organisation they wish to support with their concerts and fundraising and this year we will raise many thousands of pounds for deserving local causes,” said Grenville.
- Christmas concerts supporting local organisations, the Wells Good Afternoon Choir performing at their concert in December.