Give singing a try with Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir
Zion United Church, Frampton Cotterell.
A CHOIR is holding a special event to encourage men to give singing a try.
Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir's first open rehearsal last year was described as an "astonishing success", with eight of those who came along deciding to join up.
So the choir, which has been established for 95 years, is holding another one on September 20, and says no previous experience is needed.
Conductor Tim Warren and all the members are keen to make the experience as positive as possible.
Chris Simons, who joined after attending last year's event, said: “When I attended the open rehearsal, I was made genuinely welcome from the moment I walked in the room. Singing with the choir was just fantastic, with some great music to enjoy across a variety of repertoire.
"It’s a great feeling making music with these guys – the songs make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck! The conductor was very friendly and enthusiastic, but also hugely knowledgeable as he led us through the melodies and harmonies.
"I was struck by how everyone looked out for each other and enjoyed social friendship too. All in all, a really fun evening making some great music together!"
Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir performs two main concerts, in December and April, with other performances arranged by invitation at various local venues during the course of the year.
A registered charity, it promotes singing for all men of all ages and abilities and its concerts have raised over £18,000 for good causes.
Rehearsals run from September to May on Friday evenings.
The open rehearsal is on September 20 at 7.30pm in Zion United Church, Frampton Cotterell.
Anyone interested can just turn up or contact Steve Jaques at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01179092510 if they have any questions.
There is also more information on the choir website at www.fcmvc.co.uk