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!
This is a recording made in 2012 of the Axbridge Choir singing a set of African Songs.
MP3 audio file [21.0 MB]
If you would like to hear us sing, you can download any or all of the following files.
Our Recent Events
Hestercombe House and Gardens May 2016
Sunday 22nd May saw the Singers (plus special guests - see if you can spot them!) arriving at a slightly damp but beautiful Hestercombe House and Gardens. We sang a variety of songs (as usual they improved as the day went on!) in a few different spots - including in the house itself, both outside and inside the orangery (the weather got the better of us!) and even in the courtyard cafe! There were hiccups with some of our newer songs which we're still polishing, but we were very pleased with 'And So It Goes' - a beautiful Billy Joel song which we've been working on for a few months, and some of our older favourites also went very smoothly. We seemed to be well recieved (thanks should be given to the hardy crew who remained when the rain started!) - the lady in the shop seemed to like us very much! Please see our photo gallery for pictures of the day.
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.