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About us

Yate Choral Society is a mixed choir with over 50 members which celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2016.  

 

Musical Direction - Geoffrey Wickham has been Musical Director since 1971.  

 

Hazel Wickham was accompanist until her death in March 2019.   Her friendship, personality and above all musical skill was invaluable to the members of the choir and it is with sadness that we record her passing.

 

The current accompanist who took over in March 2019 is Diana Williams who was born in Stoke-0n-Trent and started piano lessons at the age of seven.    She came to live in Yate in 1984 and has been a member of the Yate Choral Society since 1986.

 

We sing a varied programme performing at various public concerts throughout the year and have raised several thousands of pounds for charity during the lifetime of the choir.    

 

Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at St. Nicholas' Church, Abbotswood, Chargrove, Yate BS37 4LG starting at 7.30p.m.   Please refer to Members’ Diary page for dates.

 

The current subscription rate is £65 per annum but this can be paid in two instalments on 1st April and 1st June.     

We welcome new members of all ages and voices and currently have vacancies for Tenors, Baritones and Basses.   

Please click here to download a copy of the subscription form.  

 

Associate membership of the choir is also available.  For a donation of £20 a year you will be entitled to a complimentary ticket to our main concert of the year and your generous support will be acknowledged in our concert programmes.     If you wish to become an Associate member please download and complete the Associate Member application form or contact the treasurer Michael Stephenson, 11 The Dingle, Yate, BS37 7GA or any member of the choir.

 

If you have any enquiries relating to joining or future events please telephone or email one of the contacts on the contacts page or speak to any member of the choir.

 

The Choir is a full member of National Association of Choirs and is registered as a Charity with the Charity Commission – Registered Number:- 1127423.

 

We have been fortunate during the life of the choir to join up with choirs in other parts of the UK and Europe for concerts.   In 2007 we paid a return visit to Cornwall to take part in a joint concert with our hosts Porthpyra Singers from Polperro.

 

In 2004, 2008 and 2012 we travelled to Clamecy in the Burgundy region of France to sing with the Chorale René Rose.    A selection of songs from the 2008 concert can be heard on the Sample Repertoire page.  Return visits by the Chorale René Rose including joint concerts in the Town Hall Chipping Sodbury took place in  2006, 2010 and  2015.