2023: So far
Tewkesbury Abbey and Berkeley Church
We started the year with a recital in Tewkesbury Abbey in March. What a lovely place to sing. This was followed in April with a Joint Concert with the Cirencester Silver Band in Berkeley Church to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Edward Jenner and raise money for Save the Children.
2023 Annual Concert in St James Church Dursley
We returned to St James the Great Church in Dursley for our Annual Concert in May. We were joined by Sam Draper on Violin as our soloist - a real treat.
2022: The Final Quarter
The Cotswold Canals Trust 50th Anniversary at Wycliffe College
What a glorious start to the final quarter of 2022. We joined The Stuart Singers in celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Cotswold Canals Trust, singing, separately and jointly, a delightfully varied programme to an enthusiastic and packed audience in the beautiful chapel at Wycliffe College. The evening culminated in the joint singing of The Rhythm of Life; two choirs, two directors one beautiful rendition.
Dursley Market, Slimbridge WWT
So, onto the Christmas build-up starting with carol singing at the Dursley Town Hall on the cold morning of the 3rd December. This was followed a week later by our annual pilgrimage to the Wildlife & Wetland Trust at Slimbridge on 10th December where the fantastic acoustics of the WWT reception area always makes the trip worthwhile.
At the invitation of Gloucester Rugby, the choir provided pre-match carols at a bitterly cold Kingsholm on the afternoon of December 10th. We were rewarded with a great lunch and tickets to watch Gloucester’s victory in their European League match vs Bordeaux.
We’d love to come again next year!
Supporting Local Pub Christmas Carol Singalongs
There is nothing like a good old fashioned carol singalong down the local and this year the choir supported two such evenings; one at the Old Spot, Dursley and a second at the Rose & Crown, Nympsfield. Both evenings were fantastically supported and many carols were sung and much beer and mince pies were consumed in-between.
Unusually this year, our Christmas Concerts were held midweek on 13th/14th December. It was again a bitterly cold evening but those who braved the cold were treated to a spectacularly joyful programme, including new arrangements of several 60’s numbers and some new beautifully harmonised Nativity songs rounded off with, of course, all your Christmas favourites. Unfortunately, our guest soprano, Emily Mason, was taken ill but Hannah Hughes and Maria Jagusz stepped in at short notice to delight the audiences with their specially chosen individual and memorable programmes. Thank you ladies, you were wonderful
On March 22nd, Dursley performed a joint concert with The Rednock Swing Band and it was brilliant to have a packed out Lister Hall. The students from Rednock performed to a very impressive standard, with particular highlights being a Beatles medley and a rousing encore of Skyfall (featuring soloist Kristine Mednoza). The two groups joined together to form a rare combo of swing band / male voice choir - the effort was worthwhile with well balanced performances of Ain't Misbehavin' and Can't Help Falling In Love. This was a wonderful event and Dursley look forward to more collaborations with Rednock in the future. Over £900 was donated to the Ukraine DEC fund.