Thursday September 10, 2015
A special day of song takes place on Saturday September 19 at Oldfield Park Baptist Church, Moorland Road, Bath.
With the title ‘Sing for Nepal’ the free admission day runs from 12 noon to 4pm and will feature three of Bath’s well loved choirs conducted by music man Grenville Jones.
Liz Hearn is community outreach worker at the church, in 2002 she and her husband Richard worked in Nepal where he was a primary school teacher in Kathmandu.
“Grenville is bringing his choirs without any charge and we hope to raise a good amount of money which will help families whose lives were devastated by the April Himalayan earthquake. There will be singing, displays and children’s games, all with a Nepal theme. We are most grateful to Wessex Water who have supported the day and we are delighted that our Mayor Cllr Will Sandry will be present.”
Sing for Nepal takes place from 12noon to 4pm featuring the Bath Children’s Choir, The Bath Welcome Choir and the famous Last Choir Standing Bath Male Choir who will sing in the afternoon from 3pm.
All enquiries to Liz on 07902 315688.
Press enquiries to Liz on 07902 315688 or Grenville 0777 828 2934.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
CANADA calls for Grenville
One of the UKs leading choral musicians Grenville Jones who lives in Bath will be in Canada later this month. From August 23 to 31 he will be leading The Grenville Choir, named after another Gren(ville) Jones who lives in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
The two Grenville’s became facebook friends and when Gren Jones read about his namesakes choirs in the UK he sent out a Christmas Day greeting and invitation;
Gren Jones from Kentville explains;
“During my lifetime I have met very few people with the same Christian name as myself and it was wonderful to discover that there was a Grenville Jones living in Bath. Through facebook I could follow his many musical activities and read with great interest last year news of the visit of his Male Voice Choir to Japan. On Christmas day 2014 I sent him a Christmas message and asked if he would like to bring one of his singing groups to Nova Scotia this year."
After Nova Scotia Grenville sets off to Calgary to take a a singing workshop at Scarboro United Church, Calgary, on Saturday September 5.
Grenville Jones lives in the world heritage city of Bath in England where he heads up a number of choirs, including the famous City of Bath Male Choir who reached the final stages of a BBC television programme called ‘Last Choir Standing’ in 2008. It was watched by over eight million viewers on Saturday evenings.
Grenville has also appeared on Radio and TV across the world through a singing charity he founded eight years ago. The Golden-Oldies, with Sir Cliff Richard as patron, engages thousands of older vulnerable people through its 130 daytime singing sessions across England and Wales. Fondly knows as “Goldies,” Grenville is always quick to point out that his charity is not a choir but at its heart are fun singalong sessions, taken by over 40 session leaders who work for the charity.
The Grenville Choir is made up of singers from across his choirs including the Devizes Good Afternoon Choir, the Bath Welcome Choir and the Bath Chorus and a busy schedule includes singing in the centre of Halifax as guests of the Mayor of Halifax, a concert with Nova Voce on Wednesday August 26 at Patrick’s Catholic Church and a concert and workshop at Shubenacadie on Saturday August 29.
The Calgary and Shubenacadie workshops are entitled ‘Anyone Can Sing’ and are open to singers of all ages and abilities.
“If you sing in the shower or in your car and have often wondered what it is like to sing in a choir, then this is the workshop for you.”
The Calgary workshop on September 5 runs from 2pm until 5pm and will be followed by a free concert at 7pm when everyone taking part in the workshop will perform. The workshop is sponsored by the Calgary Multicultural Choir and Calgary Music Makers and renews a friendship between Grenville Jones and Nancy Jackson who is the musical director of a number of choirs in Calgary.
Grenville and Nancy met a few years ago when one of his choirs visited Canada.
“Grenville’s enthusiasm for music and singing is infectious and I know we are in for a thoroughly enjoyable day with him on Saturday September 5.”
Register in advance by calling Brook on 403-243-8503 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Grenville Jones and his choirs see www.grenvillejones.biz
Press enquiries to Grenville Jones UK on +44 (0)7778 282934
Gren Jones in Nova Scotia 001 902 670 4967
Nancy Jackson on Calgary 1403 283 0243.
Pictured are Nova Scotia hosts Gren(ville) Jones and his wife Gail from Kentville.
Meanwhile in the UK Grenville Jones conducts one of his community choirs
Tuesday July 28, 2015
A choir from the City of Bath, England, with a unique name arrive in Nova Scotia for an 8 day concert tour on Sunday August 23 2015.
Musical Director of ‘The Grenville Choir’ is respected choir leader Grenville Jones who is based in the City of Bath in England. The choir however is not named after him… its name derives from another Gren(ville) Jones who lives in Kentville Nova Scotia with his wife Gail. He befriended his English namesake through facebook last year.
The English Grenville Jones leads a number of choirs in England and has appeared on national television and radio on many occasions. As well as his choir work he is also the founder of a national charity that brightens the lives of thousands of older people across the United Kingdom called Golden-Oldies.
Gren Jones from Kentville said;
“During my lifetime I have met very few people with the same Christian name as myself and it was wonderful to discover that there was a Grenville Jones living in Bath. Through facebook I could follow his many musical activities and read with great interest last year news of the visit of his Male Voice Choir to Japan. On Christmas day 2014 I sent him a Christmas message and asked if he would like to bring one of his singing groups to Nova Scotia this year.’
“We have worked together over the past months and the group of 50 singers will arrive in Halifax for a week of music and tours which I have helped to organise myself.”
The Grenville Choir stay at the Westin Halifax throughout their visit and on their first night in the city will entertain the deputy mayor of Halifax, Lorelei Nicoll at the Petpeswick Yacht Club.
On Wednesday August 26 at noon The Grenville Choir have accepted an invitation from the Mayor’s Office to sing as part of the Tunes at Noon programme. In the evening they will sing with Nova Voce at St Patrick’s Church in Brunswick Street. This is a free admission concert with the accent on music to suit all tastes.
On Saturday August 29 the choir visit Shubenacadie where Grenville will lead a ‘come and sing’ workshop followed by a concert. Grenville is in demand in the UK as a singing workshop leader and will depart for Calgary after his time in Nova Scotia where he has been invited to lead a vocal workshop.
On Sunday morning August 30 The Grenville Choir will be guests of the First Baptist Church in Oxford Street where they will sing at the morning service.
Grenville Jones from the UK said;
“I am bringing a community choir of mixed voices made up of people from a number of my choirs. We are looking forward tremendously to visiting Nova Scotia and making new friends through music.
“It will be wonderful to meet my namesake face to face!”
Gren Jones telephone is 902 670 4967 email@example.com
Press enquiries to Grenville Jones on +44 7778 282934.