Axbridge Singers

Axbridge Singers in St. John's Church Axbridge, January 2013

The Axbridge Singers is an open access community choir for anyone who enjoys singing. We do not hold auditions, and members are not required to read music or have any previous experience: only enthusiasm and a willingness to 'have a go'.

 

Based in Axbridge, our members come from across the local area, from Cheddar and Draycott to Winscombe, Churchill and Blagdon.

 

The choir sings unaccompanied, in four-part harmony. The songbook includes music from far and wide - from popular, to folk, to gospel, to show tunes, in languages from English to Basque and even Russian!

 

The choir performs regularly in the local area, at concerts, care homes and town events, and also takes part in regional singing festivals in Bristol and Stourhead. The choir has raised money for a number of charities.

 

All members are warmly invited to come for a drink at the Lamb Inn in the Square after rehearsals, and the choir also arranges occasional social get-togethers.

 

The Axbridge Singers are led by Musical Director Stella Moore. 

Hear Axbridge Singers!

If you would like to hear us sing, you can download any or all of the following files.

Axbridge Singers - African Set (2012)
This is a recording made in 2012 of the Axbridge Choir singing a set of African Songs.
AfricanMasterCopyNmp3.mp3
MP3 audio file [21.0 MB]

Our Recent Events

Axbridge Civic Awards Ceremony 2016

The Axbridge Singers had the pleasure of attending the Axbridge Civic Awards Ceremony in February 2016, to watch our very own Dave Moore be presented with the award. The Cheddar Valley Gazette wrote: 'The town of Axbridge came together to celebrate the people who make a difference at its annual Civic Service. Residents gathered at St John the Baptist church in the square, where bell ringers welcomed all to the service. The mayoral party was led by John Hawkins, sergeant at mace and supported by Maggie Tur, town bailiff. The pews were filled by residents, members of local groups and dignitaries including MP James Heappey. Reverend Tim Hawkings and The Mayor of Axbridge, Jennifer Trotman, welcomed everyone to the service. Axbridge Singers, The Senior Brass Ensemble and the Axbridge Benefice Choir all gave stunning performances which entertained the audience. A key part of the service was to celebrate the community of Axbridge and those who help make it such a lovely place to live. Mr Heappey, assisted by the Mayor's Cadet Gabriella Page, presented the Civic Award to Dave Moore.'

 

'A very deserving recipient, Dave works with organisations such as Axbridge Sports and Social Community Association, the Community Allotment, Axbridge Theatre Group and Axbridge Singers and is always willing to lend a hand. Councillor Pauline Ham said: "Dave Moore is a very modest man, who works tirelessly and willingly behind the scenes, with many organisations, to ensure that Axbridge can remain the unique community we all know."

 

To see photos from the day please see the photo gallery.

Woodspring Priory - Landmark Trust 50th Anniversary 16th May 2015

On the 16th and 17th May 2015, The Landmark Trust opened 25 of its historic buildings for free right across Britain - including the Woodspring Priory near Weston-Super-Mare.

 

At 3pm on Saturday 16th community groups at each of the 25 locations simultaneously performed a specially composed 'Anthem for Landmark'. Video recordings were made of the performances and were uploaded to YouTube - visit the channel by clicking here.

 

More photos from the day can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.

 

Woodspring Priory was founded in 1210, by William de Courtenay, grandson of one of the murderers of Thomas Becket. The priory was an Augustinian house and flourished in the fifteenth century. Other monastic remains may be grander, but few have kept so well the serence atmosphere of an isolated religious community surrounded by a working farm, and lying by the sea. You can find out more about the Landmark Trust and Woodspring Priory by visiting their website at www.landmarktrust.org.uk

ANTHEM FOR WOODSPRING: Kerry Andrew’s commissioned work and the Axbridge Singers’ development of it specifically for Woodspring Priory For Landmark’s Golden weekend 16th May 2015 celebrating 50 Years of the Landmark Trust Our piece, lasting about 10 minutes, grew out of visits to Woodspring Priory; from our reactions to the place, its atmosphere and its history. It begins and ends with natural sounds in the environment. Click on the link below to hear the recording.

 

Anthem For Woodspring
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MP3 audio file [8.8 MB]

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