Mid Wessex Singers with BBC Radio Somerset presenters, James and Andy, on Sunday 2 April 2017. The choir featured as the grand finale to the programme ‘Clueless’ and sang the presenters out with a rendition of ‘When all the Saints go Marching In’. It was a really fun morning for us all.
Mid Wessex Singers, a small, friendly, traditional choral society, are looking for a Musical Director from September 2017.
We perform two concerts a year, at Christmas and in Spring.
Rehearsals are held in Somerton West Street Church Hall
on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 9.00 from September to May
Rehearsal and concert fees paid
For more information and job description please contact
Steph Taylor on 01963 240794 or Nina Ayres on 01458 250447
Applications please by 5 May 2017
The Mid Wessex Singers’ Christmas Concert is on Saturday 10 December 2016, starting at 7.30 pm. in St Michael’s Church, Somerton.
We will be performing choral pieces from Handel’s Messiah as well as other seasonal music, readings and carols.
Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for under 18s and can be obtained from Cobbs Wholefoods in Brunel Shopping Centre, Somerton or reserved by phone with Jane Rose on 01458 274139.
Following their successful Spring concert featuring traditional music from England and America, the Mid Wessex Singers bade farewell to their Musical Director, Bryan Anderson and his wife, Julia, who sang soprano with the choir. Bryan and Julia are returning to their native USA in August so that Bryan can continue his musical studies after his year as Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral.
Steph Taylor, Chair of Mid Wessex Singers, explained ‘We have benefited enormously from the skills and talent of the succession of Senior Organ Scholars from Wells Cathedral as our Musical Directors over the past four years. The choir has appointed a permanent Musical Director, Elaine Thorneycroft-Gibb, who we are very much looking forward to directing us from September.’
Elaine has been involved with music and singing for most of her life. She has a Joint Honours Degree in Music and Education, plus a Certificate of Education from Bristol University and her whole career has been in music education.
She has worked with a number of different choirs in various settings, including her local church choir as Organist and Choir Director, providing music for services, wedding and funerals, and performances of musicals such as “Joseph” and “Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo.”
Elaine became the Musical Director of “The J Singers,” from 2008 till 2014, working on building and improving the choir’s choral abilities. She worked with the North Curry Jubilee Singers from March 2013 to December 2015, and went on to work with the Tuesday Morning Choir at Bridgwater Arts Centre, a Community Choir, which she currently leads for fun and to learn new songs.
In September the Mid Wessex Singers will be holding singing workshops in Somerton and Langport and welcome anyone who would like to find out more about singing in a choir to join them in a taster session. For more information please visit http://www.midwessexsingers.wordpress.com or call Steph Taylor on 01963 240794.
The Mid Wessex Singers, the Somerton based choir, are inviting people to discover the fun and health benefits of singing in a group. They are holding free taster singing sessions in Somerton and Langport in early September, led by their new Musical Director, Elaine Thorneycroft-Gibb.
Singer Steph Taylor advocates both the health and social benefits of singing in a choir. ‘There has been a great deal of research recently that has demonstrated that singing in a group reduces stress, elevates the levels of ‘feel good’ hormones, boosts the immune system and is good aerobic exercise.
Singing is also a very social activity. Mid Wessex Singers are a very welcoming and happy group who enjoy our rehearsal time – learning new music and improving musical skills, whilst sharing companionship and a lot of laughter. The taster sessions will be a glorious mixture of old and new, classical and modern music for people to try.’
The sessions take place on Tuesday 6 September from 8 to 9 p.m. at West Street Church Hall in Somerton and on Saturday 10 September from 10 to 11.30 a.m. at Great Bow Wharf in Langport. From 13 September the Mid Wessex Singers will start rehearsing for their Christmas concert which will include a performance of parts of Handel’s Messiah as well as traditional carols. More information is available at https://midwessexsingers.wordpress.com
Mid Wessex Singers invite you to come along to meet us and try some singing with us at taster workshops in September.
Tuesday 6 September 8 – 9 pm at West Street Church, Somerton
Saturday 10 September 9:30 – 11:30 Great Bow Wharf, Langport.
Further details to follow