The Village Singers are a community choir with members of all ages coming from the villages and towns around Chippenham. We have been making music together since 2011.
We are united by our love of music and our love of fun but also through many shared emotional experiences. As well as performing in local churches we have had the privilege of singing during the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, as well as in Ypres Cathedral. We have performed in Bruges and in Paris we sang Faure’s Requiem in Eglise de la Madeleine, where it was originally performed. Our last adventure involved flying to New York to be part of a larger choir performing in Carnegie Hall for Sir Karl Jenkins’ 75th birthday celebratory concert, something never to be forgotten!
Hooray – we’re back!
Following government advice that non-professional choir’s could rehearse and perform outdoors, we have just performed our “Carnegie Hall to the Cowshed” concert in Goatacre.
Our journey through the pandemic has been both strange and uplifting and for this concert we had only eight rehearsals, half our usual number, but we were very glad to be back.
The pandemic has meant accepting many changes. We were, for the first time in nine years, unable to sing together as a whole choir. Our assistant musical director Jen took rehearsals via zoom for some, whilst others preferred to practise alone. Thanks to St Andrews, when restrictions allowed, we could rehearse at times, although with very reduced numbers and maintaining social distance! We even managed to sing at Christmas time whilst the “audience” walked around the church admiring the flower arrangements. More recently, thanks to Lisa and Mike Dubb of The Rising Sun in Christian Malford, who offered us their marquee one evening each week, we have been able to prepare for this concert in the pub garden.
We are looking forward to the choir being reunited in September and resuming plans for the UK and overseas in the fullness of time.
For details of our forthcoming concerts, please check out our Events page.