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Our forthcoming Christmas concert 'A Taste of Christmas' which was to have been held on Friday 3rd December has unfortunately been cancelled. However, we are now looking forward to a social evening in the Parish Hall on Thursday 2nd December at 8.00 pm, where we will sing a few carols and some of our most popular songs, helped along by a glass of wine and a few nibbles.
The Choir will be Carol Singing around the village on 16th December (17th if wet), assembling at 6.30 pm outside the Village Shop in readiness to sing at 6.45pm. We will then process to the Dovers Park roundabout for 7.15 pm and finally on to Garstons for 7.45 pm, where there will be wine and mince pies.
If you would like to sing with us, please contact us using the form at the foot of this page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you!
Our previous concerts
The 2019 "LET THE BELLS RING OUT AT CHRISTMAS" concert was on Friday 6th December at St Swithun's Church, Bathford. The theme was Christmas songs and carols, many of which had the bells ringing at Christmas as their theme. The programme included "Christmas Bells Ring Out Again", a traditional carol arranged for the choir by Nick Breeze, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", which has the words of the poem by H W Longfellow and was performed by the choir with the handbell ringers, "The Bell Carol" with music composed by Mykola Leontovych and "Sweet Bells" based on "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks" arranged by Kate Rusby. Jill Healey gave a reading of an account of a performance of Handel's "Messiah" and the female choir members sang "The Little Road To Bethlehem" by Michael Head and Margaret Rose. Conductor Ashley Bremner sang the "Toreador" song from Carmen and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and Pianist Nick Breeze treated the audience to an amazing medley played - not on trumpet, but on a shiny metal watering can! The concert included three popular carols sung with audience participation.
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".
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.
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. This is temporarily suspended owing to COVID-19 - please see the notice at the top of this page. We will make an announcement on this page as soon as we are able to resume rehearsals.
If you would like to contact us, please use the form below or send an email to: email@example.com.
Photo by David Howells (Sizzling Summer Spectacular - Thursday 3rd July 2014)
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