We are excited to announce that we are due to start back with in-person this September 2021!
Choir sizes will be kept small enough to maintain distancing while singing and the rooms will be kept well ventilated.
My community Choir’s meet on the following days, times and venue shown below. Please click the link for more info on each Choir below…
- PAINSWICK COMMUNITY CHOIR (new members welcome)
- Monday evenings, Painswick Centre – 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
- CORINIUM COMMUNITY CHOIR (currently fully booked)
- Wednesday evenings, Friends Meeting House. Cirencester – 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Singing in harmony with others has become a such a popular activity and community choirs are generally thriving. As the words of my choral compositions Dawn Chorus indicate, we are “…rising up like a dawn chorus, shaping the landscape with song.” However, due to Covid restrictions, there is no doubt that we have all been tried and tested in recent months and choir leaders have needed to either press pause on their sessions or develope creative and technically funky ways to continue singing together. When possible outdoor singing in-person has saved the day during the summer months but generally over the past 18 months, I have tailored my Community Choir sessions to work online over Zoom, offering simple, heart warming and uplifting songs in harmony and keeping us connected through song.
Old Man Of The Moor – Text, Alice Oswald / Music, Sophie Sterckx
Corinium & Painswick Community Choirs singing at Bristol Choir Convention in March 2019.
This is a recording of VARADO (Klidis Simgera – Song of Rock) from Abkhazia. It is sung by Corinium & Painswick Community Choir members at Stroud Community Choir Gathering in 2016.
Sophie is a member of the NVN – Natural Voice Network – and believes in the principle that singing is for everyone – if you have a voice, you can sing. A ‘natural voice’ is the one you were born with – unique and ready to be sung.
“I believe that singing with others is good for the heart, body and soul and can leave you feeling uplifted and energised. Being part of a community choir is a hugely rewarding and fun social experience.”
© 2021 Sophie Sterckx