ACCOMPANIST WANTED! The Bath Male Choir and the Welcome Chorus are both looking for a new accompanist to join them from September. This could be one position for both choirs or two people - on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. Phil Ridgers is standing down to pursue his new career and a bright talented person is required. The choirs rehearsal evenings are Tuesday and Thursday and the founder of both choirs, Grenville Jones is the point of contact for further information. Both choirs have busy concert schedules and rates will be discussed with Grenville whose contact email is email@example.com
Our next concert... …. Will be on Saturday April 9th at the 400 seater Freedom Centre concert hall in Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 1EP, joining with the celebrated Bath Male Choir - a FREE ADMISSION evening of music from both choirs. There will be a collection for local charities supporting those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Doors open at 7 pm, there is a large cark park to the rear of the Centre. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01761 472468
Welcome to the website for The Welcome Chorus Choir. We rehearse on Thursday evenings at St Bart’s Church in King Edward Road, Oldfield Park, Bath BA2 3PB rom 7-45pm . We restarted back in September last year and have performed recently at two sell-out concerts and the image above shows the choir in St Michael’s Church in the centre of Bath on January 29th.
We always welcome new members with singing experience and would love to see you, perhaps you have just moved to the area and are looking for a new choir to join? Our conductor is Grenville Jones who enjoys the reputation of being ‘Bath’s Mr Music!’. The accompanist is Philip Ridgers who works with Grenville on a number of his music projects. The is Grenville’ s website www.grenvillejones.biz The Welcome Chorus Choir is an amalgamation of two of Grenville’s popular choirs which were forced to stop singing by the COVID pandemic in March 2020. Through the following months Grenville introduced Zoom choir rehearsals which were attended by members from both The Bath Chorus and The Welcome Choir. The Zoom Welcome Chorus Choir ‘performed’ at a number of online concerts towards the end of 2020. Grenville then made the decision to bring the two choirs together under one singing roof and the title The Welcome Chorus which has over 70 members.
Grenville explains; “We rehearse on Thursday evenings at St Bart’s which has a wonderful acoustic and is a delightful Church at which to rehearse and perform. The repertoire of The Welcome Chorus will be varied with the emphasis always on performing to entertain our audiences. This is a large concert choir and there are no auditions to join, but members will be expected to have a love of music and some experience of singing.”
The choir will perform at concerts and take part in tours around the UK and even further. In past years Grenville’s many choirs have raised thousands of pounds for both local and national charities and The Welcome Chorus will also take part in fundraising concerts throughout their singing year.
The Bath WelcomeChorus meet on Thursday evenings from 7.45pm to 9pm at St Barts Church in King Edward Road, Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3PB, a lovely rehearsal venue with a superb acoustic, excellent grand piano and is easy to find. See you there …
We welcome new singers in all parts - Soprano - Alto - Tenor - Bass. Previous singing experience is not necessary but you may be new to the Bath area, missing your choir and looking for a friendly choir to join. If you love to sing, please come and meet us on a Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend St Bart’s to find out more about our friendly concert choir. Full membership details will be available for you to take away.
The choir recorded a number of popular hymn tunes and they are available to listen to on www.hymsearch.co.uk. Grenville's idea is that people who are searching for a hymn for a special occasion may find it helpful to listen to and see the words for popular hymns to choose for their occasion - 'O Perfect Love' for instance, is a popular Wedding hymn and as a taster here is the Bath Welcome Chorus singing it for you. We hope that this new website will be a useful aid to those who are searching for that special hymn. You can of course download any of them.
The choir has an extensive repertoire and in the past has performed regularly at Bath Abbey as well as many other local churches and concert venues in the West Country. They have performed at Coventry Cathedral and one of the highlights of recent years was a memorable concert with the RAF Central Band supporting the Help for Heroes Charity. It has also appeared with Aled Jones and last year (2018), together with the City of Bath Male Choir (also conducted by Grenville). They helped to raise over £12,000 for the British Heart Foundation in 2017 following the untimely death of a member of both choirs.
Regular appearances at Bath Festival’s ‘Party in the City’ as well as joint concerts with many other groups has contributed to the reputation of the choir as being one of the friendliest and best supported choirs in the City of Bath.
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