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About the Choir

The Community Choir was the brain child of Kylie Ferris the Music Therapist at the Hospice in the Weald.  For the taster session on Tuesday 21 May 2013 60 enthusiastic people bowled along to see what it was all about.  The idea was not just to benefit the patients, but their families and carers, staff volunteers and anyone in the community who wanted to sing.  After the first taster session 40 people signed up to join the choir and from the first rehearsal on 4 June the choir produced a really great sound.  Our first Christmas we sung with the Salvation Army at the “Light up a Life” service.

The following spring we performed in our first concert “Spring Serenade”.  We took part in the “Summer Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving” for the Hospice at St. Peter’s Upper Church in Pembury and used the same venue for an autumnal music and magic show “November Notes”.  We attended the “Light up a Life” service again and also went carol singing with our money buckets in the Victoria Centre at Tunbridge Wells.

We grow and mature each year and we are getting more adventurous too!  This last year we have been singing to day service members both in the Hospice and at the Baptist Churches in Pembury and Tonbridge.  We took part along with other choirs of children and adults in a performance of "Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose" at New Beacon School.  Our conductor for the evening was the composer Alexander L'Estrange.  All the profits that evening, as every time we sing in public, go entirely to the Hospice.  It was a huge learning curve but we acquitted ourselves well and had really good fun and so look forward to other challenges in the future.

It is never too late to join us, no auditions required, and everyone is welcome, especially tenors and basses, we are a little short of chaps.  Come and join us and share in the joy of singing.  As our signature song says "If we stand side by side and we put our hands in yours we can be strong and bold".

For more information please contact Hannah Bruce, Creative Musician on 01892 820558 or hannah.bruce@hospiceintheweald.org.uk