What is a ‘community choir’? Well it usually means that you don’t have to audition to get in, and you don’t usually need to be able to read music. All this applies to us, but we’re also very keen to be a part of our community here in Malmesbury. There’s a vibrant music and dramatic arts scene that we’re proud to be a part of, and some excellent charity work that we’re planning to support as we get established.
Our most recent “Seniors’ Tea Party” was held in June 2019 at the Town Hall. The brainchild of choir member Natalie Kenyon, the event fulfilled one of the choir’s aims of bringing music to the community. Guests came from Malmesbury and the surrounding area, thanks to Wiltshire Council’s Community Engagement Manager Ollie Phipps and Health and Wellbeing Champion, Ellen Blacker. Transport was organised for those who would normally have difficulty getting out to such an event.
The evening started with high tea, prepared and served by choir members, followed by a medley of musical treats from the choir’s wide repertoire. Musical director, Laurie Jones, began with an audience participation warm-up exercise. He soon had the audience clapping and singing along to some of the choir’s favourites, “What I liked was that you could hear all the words!” and “You looked as if you were enjoying yourselves”. It truly was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!
To date we have made donations from concert proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society, War Child, Heals, the Malmesbury Area Community Trust and Wiltshire Rural Music We also provide music for free at a variety of community events and settings such as care homes. If you would like us to perform for a community event or setting then please do contact us.