We have been singing since January 2005 and most of that time was under the musical directorship of our founder, Stuart Stokell. During 2014 Andy Webster was our temporary Musical Director.
Following unterviews and auditions, Ryan Hanlon was appointed as our new permanent Musical Director in October 2015.
Our primary purpose is to have fun with friends. Our music, therefore, covers a wide range of interests from Mozart to Mary Poppins.
During 2014 we learned some Gilbert and Sullivan, The Lord’s Prayer (by Malotte) an arrangement of Skyfall (from the James Bond Movie),and music by both Faure and Rutter.
In 2015, our tenth anniversary year, we revisited some old favourites - including Bohemian Rhapsody, Hernando's Hideaway, Ave Verum, Sunrise Sunset, If We Only Have Love, Rythmn of Life, Blue Skies - and held a highly successful 10th anniversary concert in June.
The choir performs two big concerts per year, in June and December, usually at William Howard School, and usually to a full house. We also respond, where we can, to invitations from other local places to perform . Each year profits from our Christmas Concert are donated to local charities, and we are very proud to have raised several thousand pounds over the years.
If you would like the choir to sing at your event, please contact our Secretary.
Our choir has a maximum of 60 members and whilst we have many Altos and Sopranos, we would always welcome more Tenors and Bass. We do not audition for membership and you do not need to be able to read music. The MD is very good at taking us through the music so we learn together. He will also offer guidance and assistance, if asked, on which section would be most suitable for a new member.
The choir is administered through an elected management committee which meets regularly throughout the year under an elected Chairman and Secretary.
We normally meet from 7.30 to 9.30 on Wednesdays at the Methodist Hall in Brampton – good acoustics for learning songs – and always break for a chat and cuppa. We also sometimes have social evenings for the choir and friends.
Nearer to concert dates we may increase our rehearsals to two sessions a week, usually on Mondays in addition to the normal Wednesday rehearsal.