St Michaels Singers

St Michaels Singers was formed in 1999 by a small group of friends who enjoyed singing together. Numbers grew, drawing in members from the village and surrounding areas and the choir now has more than forty members. We perform two main concerts a year and sing at a variety of functions.

We meet on Tuesday evenings at St Michaels Village Hall, starting promptly at 7.30pm till 9.30pm, beginning in September through to December and from February to July.

Interest from new members is welcomed with starting dates commencing at the beginning of September or beginning of February. Our Musical Director would wish to listen to any new members to decide where their voices would best fit and waiting lists apply to some sections. Membership is £100 per year, payable in two installments in September and February.

Regular attendance is very important to keep up with the planned programme so members are asked to give Tuesday night practices a high priority.

Choir members are asked to wear formal choir dress for concerts which is black with red accessories for the ladies and black suits and bow ties for the men. Music is carried in a plain black folder.

We hold a number of social events throughout the year which include an annual dinner in the winter and a BBQ in the summer. We have travelled to Birmingham to sing-a-long with the CBSO and hold informal singing evenings with supper.

If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Pat Mutton (Chairman) on 01584 819875.

St Michaels Singers 20th Anniversary Celebration

It was 20 years ago, this year
Bryan Fisher formed a choir, let’s cheer!
To sing along and have some fun
‘Round the piano with everyone.
No need to introduce to you
The one and only – St Michaels Singers.

On Saturday 23rd February, past and present members of St Michaels Singers gathered at Harrison’s Restaurant to celebrate this notable occasion. Some of those present had attended the first practice which had been held at Julie and Andy Cook’s almost 20 years ago. It was not long before others wanted to join and practices moved on to the Jenner’s then to the village hall. These continue to run every Tuesday evening.

In those early days, few would have envisaged the development of a choir which would go on to perform such demanding pieces as Vivaldi’s Gloria or Karl Jenkins’, Armed Man along with annual performances of Christmas Crackers. But Bryan strongly believed that this could be achieved. His original idea of forming a community choir where all are welcomed, whether they are experienced or new to singing, still holds strong and over the years has brought together friends and neighbours, forging new friendships and taking pleasure in the combined activity of singing. The choir now has new MD’s with John Swindell’s, Jacqui Cable and Kath Ainsworth setting new and interesting challenges.

As guests arrived at Cadmore Lakeside Hotel, they found they needed to discover their new identity. All were Singers, but the question, ’Who am I?’ was constantly reiterated as individuals tried to guess the name on their back. A welcoming glass of Fizz seemed to help the questioning process.

A relaxing 3 course meal followed as guests chatted, ate and sampled the occasional glass of wine. Speeches, and Peter Cole’s inventive quiz followed, to bring a truly enjoyable evening to a close.

Personnel may have changed but the values of friendship, community and the simple pleasure of singing remain.

Pat Mutton (Chairman)