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The Stuart Singers

Based in Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire, we give about a dozen concerts a year, raising money for local charities and deserving causes. Now 60 strong, we have a wide and constantly changing repertoire which spans spirituals, theatre, sacred and secular, classical and modern.

Fundraising
In our 20 years, we have helped raise almost £200,000 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 Mark Thomas or ring him on 01453 731135 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 News page for previous stories from the Stuart Singers.

Making Music


The Stuart Singers are members of Making Music

Our Next Concert
Painswick, St Mary's Church
at 7:30 pm on Friday 25 April 2013.
For tickets email Lynn Bevis or phone her
on 01666 502410.


Rosie-Jane leads
Rosie-Jane leads Walking in
The Air
in Gloucester Cathedral
Four Christmases in two weeks!
With our pair of ever-popular sell-out Minchinhampton concerts, Christmas is alwasy a busy time for the Stuart Singers, but this year we also managed to fit in singing two extra Christmas programmes, at prestigious concerts at Gloucester Cathedral and at Cheltenham Ladies College. Standards like Sleigh Ride and Do You Hear What I Hear, vied with new favourites such as the Ragtime Carol and Christmas Lullaby as audience pleasers, but there's no doubt that Walking in the Air, with 11 year old guest soloist Rosie-Jane Widdowson, was for many one of this year's highights.

Not only were we delighted to be able to help The Listening Post raise money at their Cathedral concert, we also gave away at the two Minchinhampton concerts money which we had raised ourselves, and this Christmas' deserving beneficiaries were Guide Dogs for the Blind, Five Valley Sounds, GRH Intensive Care Unit and Minchinhampton's own Holy Trinity Church.

With the concert season over for another busy year, we'll take a few week's break, before returning in January to begin rehearsing another season of new songs.

200,000+ RAISED!
Just in time for our Christmas concerts came the welcome news that, since we were founded by Sheila and Gerry Palmer in 1990, we have raised £200,000 for charities and good causes - £200,315.41 to be precise. Congratulations to everyone, but most of all to Sheila and Gerry, who retired from running the choir last year.

Cheque presentation
Helen Sims presents a cheque
to Vicki Graham (left) of
Alzheimer's Research UK
19 not out!
Our new Music Director Helen Sims is determined to carry on Gerry Palmer's policy of stretching us vocally and artistically, so for 2013's summer concerts in Minchinhampton we learned no fewer than 19 new numbers, all of them sung (of course) from memory. It's probably a record. Altogether they made for an unusually varied programme even by our eclectic standards: something which our loyal audiences tell us they love.

Two medleys of audience-pleasing standards from Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra framed a first half which also featured the ladies masquerading as witches in a ghoulish chorus from Verdi's Macbeth, Franck's famous Panis Angelicus and the well known Forever Autumn, featuring Bill Evans' narration of part of The War of the Worlds. The second half began with the jolly Tie a Yellow Ribbon and, by way of the haunting Bilbo's Last Song, the traditional Pick a Bale of Cotton, the a capella All in the April Evening and a new take on Old Macdonald had a Farm amongst other pieces, closed with three highly contrasted numbers: the men's forceful rendition of Sixteen Tons, the serene On Holy Ground and, finally, that old favourite, Razzle Dazzle.

It was a classic Stuart Singer's programme, hugely enjoyed by our enthusiastic audiences, who also saw Helen hand over donations to support four good causes: Alzheimer's Research UK, Milestone School, Stroke Association and Stroud Valleys Project.

 

 
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