Well, we’re off to a great start for our 2017/2018 Season, lots of exciting new repertoire, some new members, a new chairman, and a new principal accompanist! At our first rehearsal we managed a complete sing-through in four-parts of the wonderful ‘And Can It be?’ arranged by Dan Forrest. What a fabulous piece of music it is.
We’re always keen to hear from men who are interested in singing with the Wessex, and of course we run a number of recruiting events every year. We kicked off this year with a small group of choristers singing in some of the pubs in Royal Wootton Bassett. We sang about half a dozen songs in the Five Bells, The Cross Keys, The Crown, and the Angel, before finally heading off to the Ganges Restaurant for a good curry. We received lots of wonderful feedback from the audiences, and hopefully, some of the men who heard us will try to get along to our rehearsal venue at the Church of Christ the Servant, Abbey Meads, Swindon (SN25 4YX). We meet every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.30pm and we would be delighted to welcome any chap who wants to find out more about the Choir. There’s no obligation to join, just come along and listen. chat to us, and join in if you feel like it! We’re a very sociable bunch, so you can always join us for a beer and chat afterwards in the pub next door if you prefer!
Some of the chaps enjoying a song in the Angel, Royal Wootton Bassett, on 2 September, as part of the recruiting drive.
We’re going to be busy in September preparing for our first concert of the season which is at the Methodist Church in Cirencester on Saturday 7th October. The concert is a fundraiser for the Royal British Legion. We suffered a bit of a set-back this week because the Welsh Male Voice Choir that should have been coming to take part in the concert has pulled out, but we’ll still have a great programme featuring both the Wessex Male Choir main choir and our very accomplished Chamber Group. A week after that we’ll be in Lechlade, singing in a concert in aid of the Village Hall Appeal. Details of both concerts and how to get tickets are available on our website at www.wessexmalechoir.co.uk
Now is a great time to join the Choir: we’re learning new songs, so everyone is in the same boat!
We’re very pleased to welcome on board Tom Graff who has started as our new principal accompanist. We also have a new Chairman, Simon Warren, who has taken over from Guy Edwards (who remains as part of the choir’s management group, but fancied a change of portfolio!). We’re all looking forward to the new season immensely and know that our brilliant musical director, Rhiannon Williams-Hale, will be working us hard. Over the summer, we also welcomed renowned British composer and TV & Radio Presenter, Howard Goodall, as our second patron alongside Aled Jones.
If you sing already in a community choir or other singing group, but you’re ready to step up to something more exciting, then please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!