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Our next Bathford Village Choir concert will be the Christmas concert at St Swithuns church, Bathford on Friday 6th December 2019.

Previous concerts
The 2019 "Summer Showtime" concert was on Friday 5th July at St Swithun's Church, Bathford. The theme was music from the shows, with the choir performing a medley of tunes from Walt Disney films, songs by Jerome Kern and the finale was songs from "The Greatest Showman". 
Heather Gillard sang "Being Alive" from the musical "Company" and guest soloist Kelly Bremner sang "What Good Would The Moon Be?" from "Company" and was joined by Ashley Bremner and the choir on "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". Ashley also sang "Stars" from "Les Miserables"
The choir performed a medley of Everly Brothers songs and the men from the choir sang "Ol' Man River" from "Showboat". Pianist Nick Breeze, who had arranged some of the pieces for the choir played "Memory" from "Cats".  
See the concert poster  here.
Look at the album of photos from the concert  here.

The choir joined the Ipswich High School Choir from Ipswich USA to sing "The Keel Row" at the Ipswich High School Choir concert at St Swithun's Church, Bathford on Saturday 13th April 2019.

The 2018 "Christmas Story" concert was held on Friday 7th December at St Swithun's Church, Bathford. The programme included a rich mix of traditional and contemporary carols and Christmas music from the UK and Europe including "The Christmas Story", a cantata for Christmas written by Nick Breeze.
Guest soloist Kelly Bremner sang "Pie Jesu" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and Nick Breeze, accompanist for the concert, played "Merry Christmas Darling" on cornet with Steve Buddle accompanying on piano. Choirmaster Ashley Bremner sang "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes" and we heard two Maisie Turner poems, "Santa's Reindeer" and "The Night Before Christmas" recited by Lennie Almond. 
See the concert poster here.   

The 2018 "Summer Serenade" concert was held on Friday 6th July at St Swithun's Church, Bathford. It began with the choir singing four folk songs followed by the duets "Believe me if all those endearing young charms …" and "People will say we're in love" sung by choirmaster Ashley with Kelly Bremner, our guest soloist for the evening. The choir then sang a medley of songs from "Fiddler on the Roof" with guest violinist Kara Maylor playing the fiddler and Leslie Mackenzie giving the introductory dialogues.
The second half featured the choir singing three songs from the north or England: "Dirty Old Town", "Blow the Wind Southerly" and "The Keel Row". Nick Breeze, accompanist for the concert, played "Sweet Georgia Brown" on cornet and then Kelly Bremner sang "Vilja" from "the Merry Widow" and "Habanera" from "Carmen" with the choir singing the chorus. The concert concluded with a rousing version of "An American Trilogy" - a combination of three songs from the American Civil War arranged by Mickey Newbury and later made famous by Elvis Presley. See the concert poster here.

Click here for a summary of earlier concerts.

Bathford Village Choir on tour

In May 2016, members of the choir travelled to Artannes in France, the twin village of Bathford. The trip was organised by Bathford with Kingsdown Twinning Association. There we joined choirs from Artannes, Roccastrada (Italy) and Par si Par là (a choir from the nearby French village of Azay-le-Rideau) in a joint concert, where we sang songs in all three languages. The Bathford Village Choir performed a Carpenters song which will feature in our Summer Concert, 'For All We Know', to much acclaim.

Bathford Shop 10th Anniversary

We participated in Bathford Village Shop's 10th Anniversary Celebration, which was held on Monday 2nd May 2016. Despite the rain and the need to shelter the keyboard under a nearby garage door, the choir performed admirably, singing Carpenters songs to the assembled throng.

Join the choir

Why not join us? We welcome all singers, regardless of ability or experience and there are no auditions! To find out more about the choir, please see here.

For details of rehearsals, please see the Calendar or the Rehearsal Schedule.

If you would like to contact us, please use the form below or send an email to: mail@bathfordvillagechoir.org.uk.

View of Bathford from above

Singing in the News

(21st September 2014)

(8th January 2014)

Time 'Singing Changes Your Brain' (16th August 2013)

The Telegraph 'Singing can help when learning a foreign language' (18th July 2013)

The Guardian 'Sing – it's good for you' (9th July 2013)

The Telegraph 'Daily singing regulates heartbeat'
(8th July 2013)

The Telegraph 'Health choirs: let's have singing on prescription' (12th September 2011)

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