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Based in Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire, we give about a dozen concerts a year, raising money for local charities and deserving causes. Now 62 strong, we have a wide and constantly changing repertoire which spans spirituals, theatre, sacred and secular, classical and modern.

Fundraising
In our 24 years, we have helped raise well over £230,000 for charity - either through our own concerts, or through singing at events organised by the charities themselves. We sing throughout Gloucestershire and further afield - sometimes abroad.

Interested in joining us?
We are always on the look out for enthusiastic singers or, if you'd rather do something behind the scenes, supporters. More details here. If you are interested in joining the choir or helping us in any way you can email Paul Hubbard or call him on 01453 542684.

Organising a concert?
Email Sue Wise or ring her on 01285 762800 if you are interested in us singing for you.

Press and Publicity Contact
If you need to find out more about the Stuart Singers, email Leonora Rozee or call her on 07774 836004.

More news
Visit the Archive page for previous stories from the Stuart Singers.

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The Stuart Singers are members of Making Music

Our Next Concerts

Minchinhampton, Holy Trinity Church
on Friday 9 June 2017 at 7:30pm

and
Malmesbury Abbey
on Saturday 10 June at 7:30pm

For tickets email Lynn Bevis.


Nutcracker Jingles
Stealing the show - ballet dancers Willum and Eleanor.
Jingle all the way...
Our annual December concerts in Minchinhampton's Holy Trinity Church began this year with the exuberant Sing a Joyful Song of Christmas, sung to a full house on Friday evening and a well-filled church on Saturday. After getting the party going with Holiday Rock, we were treated to extended solos from Nancy Isaac during excerpts from The Messiah and Erika Jones in Memory. We ended the first half with a revival of our popular comedy number The Making of a Choir, followed by the rousing medley from the show The Music Man.

Stand out numbers from our second half were the heartfelt Fix You, ever-popular O Holy Night, a cheeky Cool Yule from a group of our ladies, the joyously powerful We've Got Good News to Tell and our fun finale, an arrangement of three silly Christmas songs by our accompanist Barrie Cooper. Despite the choir donning bizarre festive headgear for this last set of numbers, our show had already been well and truly stolen from us earlier in the half by the three young ballet dancers - Eleanor, Tallulah and Willum - who danced with such skill and aplomb in Nutcracker Jingles, an unlikely combination of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet music and Jingle Bells. Isn't there an old adage about the dangers of performing with children?

As always we are delighted to be able to make donations to worthwhile local causes, and at these concerts they were: the Stroud Court, Minchinhampton, Nelson Trust, Stroud Foodbank and our hosts, Holy Trinity Church.

Malmesbury Abbey entrance
The impressive entrance to Malmesbury Abbey
Summer nights
June 2016 began with a pair of wonderful concerts in our home venue of Minchinhampton's Holy Trinity Church and, new to us, the magnificence of Malmesbury Abbey. Coupled with the pleasure of the company of large and enthusiastic audiences, this made for a very special weekend for everyone in the choir. The programme got off to an electrifying start with a medley from The Lion King, which was matched by a big crowd-pleasing finale of wonderful songs from another hugely popular show - Les Miserables.

Between them came our usual eclectic mix of sacred, secular, classical, spiritual and popular numbers, amongst which we were proud to showcase three fine arrangements by our accompanist Barrie Cooper: Psalm 23, Sally Gardens and Autumn Leaves (partly in French!). Another highlight for many was the finale of the first half, Tequila Samba, a very infectious number which had choir and audience alike swaying to the Latin beat!

Several of the songs featured soloists from amongst the choir: Steve Hoskin's extended turn as a waiter during the men's number Goodbye from The White Horse Inn being a particular triumph. Several of the songs also featured smaller groups of singers, with Ain't Misbehaving also proving a real audience favourite.

Over the years we have raised over £230,000 in support of local charities and good causes, and it's important to us that we continue to do so from the proceeds of our concerts. This summer we were delighted to help the Marah Trust and the Nephrotic Syndrome Trust.

 
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