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How Fascinating Rhythm Survived 2020

How Fascinating Rhythm Survived 2020

Fascinating Rhythm started 2020 as usual with our AGM and annual awards dinner, celebrating the contributions chorus members make to our singing group. Rose received the Chair’s Award, Carole and Peggy shared the Director’s Award, and Nic won the Members’ Award. Our...

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No Annual LABBS Convention This Year

No Annual LABBS Convention This Year

Each year, on usually the last weekend in October, you will find us somewhere in the country in full makeup and glitzy dresses as we prepare to cross the stage and compete in the LABBS Annual Convention. 2020 has been the strangest of years and of course, a certain...

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Workshop 2020 -“Makin’ Our Own Kinda Music”!

Workshop 2020 -“Makin’ Our Own Kinda Music”!

Well, our tenth workshop came and went, and what a day we had! With a buoyant attendance of over 60 delegates, we couldn't wait to get them started on this year's song, The LABBS polecat "Make Your Own Kind of Music". We warmed up, sorted the parts and went off in our...

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Dementia Connections Charity Cheque Presentation

Dementia Connections Charity Cheque Presentation

Recently, we were delighted to present a final cheque for almost £550.00 to Dementia Connections, our chosen charity for 2018. Thelma represented Fascinating Rhythm to present the cheque to Amanda and Christine who run the local group in Wotton-under-Edge. Christine...

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Workshop 2019 – Greatest Showman success!

Workshop 2019 – Greatest Showman success!

We were so pleased that the snow did not stop play for our learn to sing workshop held on 2nd February. Fortunately, the snow stopped falling in time for us to go ahead, so the delegates did not miss out on their singing fix. We welcomed around 70 ladies of all ages...

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A successful evening for Dementia Connections

A successful evening for Dementia Connections

We were delighted that on Saturday 10th November we performed for "Dementia Connections", our charity of the year. They organised a concert with refreshments and a raffle while the audience enjoyed 2 halves of Fascinating Rhythm singing all of our favourites. Well...

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LABBs South West Education Day

LABBs South West Education Day

Fascinating Rhythm were delighted to host the Southwest regional education day in June. LABBS members of thirteen choruses from all corners of the region travelled to join us to work on the current polecat song “Anthem” as well as to catch up with old friends and of...

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Long Service Awards

Long Service Awards

As an established chorus, we are always delighted to present our members with our long service badges. Recently we have had quite a cohort of ladies who have been with us ranging from 5 up to 15 years. Congratulations ladies, we appreciate your commitment and...

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First ever chorus retreat!

First ever chorus retreat!

So on a beautiful weekend in April, Fascinating Rhythm wound our way to a very sunny Swindon for our first ever retreat! In a nutshell - The sun shone. The food (and cake) was excellent and plentiful. The wedding was beautiful. The pool and spa were restful, and the...

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Junior FR Success!

Junior FR Success!

 Thornbury Eisteddfod 2018 This year, we were determined to get things 100% right – so lots of plans were put into place to make our journey to the competition the best it could be. Solos - six Junior FR girls decided to take part in the Thornbury solo competition...

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Workshop 2018 certainly shines!

Workshop 2018 certainly shines!

2018 Workshop was the best yet! On Saturday 24th February, we were excited to welcome 50 delegates to this year's workshop. We were able to showcase a few of our songs, then the delegates were firstly given a vocal warm-up, they were then split into their voice part...

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Winston’s Wish Cheque Presentation

We were delighted that on Thursday 15th February we were able to present a cheque of £572.31 to Winston's Wish, our charity of the year for 2017. Sophie Birch, Regional Fundraising & Events Officer, from the charity, was able to visit the chorus and she listened...

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Our own Fascinating Wedding!

So we are delighted to introduce to you, Mr & Mrs Thorn The wedding was perfect, the love and happiness was so strong in the room that you could feel it. Jo looked stunning and Steve wore a permanent grin along with the dapper suit! They were surrounded by special...

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Our ‘hen’ Jo!

So very soon, our MD Jo, is getting married! The ladies decided that we should spoil her a little before the big day and we treated her to delicious cakes and bubbly at the first rehearsal in the new year. We presented her with flowers and gifts and of course we had...

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The Christmas Memory Tree

On Saturday 2nd December we welcomed almost 200 people over 2 performances of 'The Christmas Memory Tree' which featured our very own Junior FR, it was a heart-warming story of family time at Christmas, full of love, sparkle and happiness. Fascinating Rhythm were...

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The Queen Mclean!

We were delighted to have another weekend coaching session with the inspirational and enthusiastic (and very funny) Sally McLean during September. Another 2 day session where Fascinating Rhythm were well and truly put through our emotional ringers as well as...

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Surprise new Coach

One Thursday evening in August we were able to secure a session from a new coach - Doug Harrington! He helped us with our convention songs and we really enjoyed this first coaching session with him. It is surprising how, as women, we reacted to a man!! We obviously...

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BBC Music Day

On 15th June 2017, 3 members (Barbara Colfer, Irene Lees and Linda Holden) of Fascinating Rhythm were delighted and honoured to be part of the BBC Music Day in Southmead Hospital. This was to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of BBC Points West. There were 60 choirs from...

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JFR presents Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Yet again our very own Junior FR put on an outstanding performance but this time it was Roald Dahl's "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" Two performances took place on 23rd July in the Memorial Hall, Rangeworthy. This version was a humorous, contemporary spin on...

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FOUR chorus harmony!

With the addition of Black Sheep Harmony who became LABBS members this year we are now up to four choruses in the Bristol/Cotswold area. We were delighted to come together last week after Avon Harmony sent out invitations to the Black Sheep herd, Bristol Fashion and...

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Ups & Downs Concert

We all had such a good night at our charity concert on Saturday, 8th July in Bridgwater to raise funds for Ups and Downs South West.  The theatre was an amazing space to be in and the staff, especially technical team, were second to none.  Ticket sales, along with a...

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Wedding Bells!

    Our lovely Emma Richardson who sings Bass with FR plighted her troth on Saturday, 24th June to Mr Steve Beale at the Hare and Hounds in the stunning location of Westonbirt. Fascinating Rhythm were invited to the wedding en masse and sang a set of five...

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Riding for the Disabled news

We were delighted to be able to present our charity for 2016 - local RDA group Patchwork - with a cheque for £890 recently to help this very worthwhile, dedicated group who do such a wonderful job with the youngsters.

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Classy Venue, Great Gig …

We had a great time at our joint concert with the Mendip Male Voice Choir on Saturday 20th January, raising funds for the beautiful venue we sang in – Christ the Servant Church in Stockwood, Bristol.  Lovely feedback from the MD and PRO of MMVC re our two sessions …...

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Fascinating Coaching

Our much anticipated first coaching session of the year with Sally McLean in April was the usual mixture of mayhem and brain scrabbling hard work when our embryonic convention songs were tossed about like so much chaff in a hurricane, then slowly nursed back to some...

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Planet 24 wins the ‘Ensemble’ class

  Planet 24 have won their first class of the day at the Bath Music Festival with 88 points and a distinction, singing 'Lonesome Road' and 'Moondance'.   The adjudicator particularly liked their free singing, sense of rhythm and performance! In the second class...

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Welcome Guests at Rehearsal

We had a lovely surprise on 16th March - Planet 24 (The Venus & Mars A Cappella Company) came to showcase the songs that they are competing with at the Bath Music Festival on Saturday 25th March.  Made up of members from The Great Western Chorus, Black Sheep and...

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Entertaining Open Rehearsal with FR & Junior FR

Fascinating Rhythm invited Junior FR to rehearse with them on Thursday 9th March prior to JFR’s performance at the Thornbury Eisteddfod the following Tuesday.  The evening was led by Wendy Howse, Assistant Director / Choreographer of Fascinating Rhythm and JFR's MD....

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Dutch Visitors

Fascinating Rhythm had a couple of very special guests at our rehearsal on Thursday 16th February -  Lenhard and Jo Van Ballegooijen from Holland.  Lenhard is MD of Dutch Pride who rehearse in Ijsselstein, south of Amsterdam and Jo sings Bass in their chorus. This...

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Does FR make a difference?

Why Join FR? This article explains what just one of our members gets from our wonderful chorus. Freedom in the making Jo Dean has been Musical Director of Fascinating Rhythm chorus since 2008 and has bought us through many a storm, either within ourselves or as a...

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Rotarians truly entertained …

Saturday 10th December saw Fascinating Rhythm head off into the wilds of South Gloucestershire to entertain Sodbury and Yate Rotarians after their Christmas meal.  After warming up our voices in a nearby scout hut, we crept into the little village hall to surprise our...

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Junior FR at the Big Sing

Junior FR took part in The Big Sing on 1st December at St Peters Church in Frampton Cotterell.  This community charity event raises funds for Christian Aid with many school choirs and local children's choirs involved.  Wearing their FR T-shirts and with something...

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Crisp and Even @ Dyrham Park!

Jolly cold, but it was the most beautiful winter's day to enjoy a bit of seasonal singing.  On 4th December 2016, we were pleased to be invited back to sing in the beautiful little church in the grounds of the National Trust’s very popular Dyrham Park where we...

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Celebrating 40 years of Harmony

Thursday evening, 11th August.   Women from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire joined together at Fascinating Rhythm's rehearsal hall in Winterbourne to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ladies’ Barbershop Singing in the UK, and it was a truly enjoyable event,...

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RDA Young Rider news

Very pleased to say that young rider Peter who did so well in the RDA regional competition (coming in the top 3 of two events) was placed 5th in his section of the Nationals at Hartpury College in July.  Everyone at Patchwork Riding for the Disabled is very proud of...

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Busy Time for Junior FR

JFR at Proms in the Meadow - July 2016 Once again Junior Fascinating Rhythm had the privilege of opening Iron Acton's Proms, and this year the theme was Spain.  Dressed in pink and black, their hair adorned with a pink flamenco style flower, the girls opened with...

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Fascinating Rhythm rehearse @ Thornbury Castle

Thursday, 30th June and, thanks to some great teamwork, we were all risered up to take our rehearsal  to the very impressive Tudor Room in Thornbury Castle as part of the Fringe Festival.  It was a 'warts and all' production in front of two separate and very...

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Quartet Prelims – Free Range Through to Finals

Update from Free Range: So, Prelims 2016 came and went in a blur of excitement and fun! When you are competing against 35 (yes 35!) other quartets, you appreciate there is every chance that it’s going to be tough to qualify as in reality you have to beat 19 of them....

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Fashionable Fun

Approximately 160 ladies joined us for our annual Fascinating Fashion Show at the Armstrong Hall, Thornbury on Wednesday 15th June and, with many excellent top end high street bargains to be had, we all enjoyed a very therapeutic fun evening of good company and...

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Planet 24: The Mars and Venus A Cappella Company

Harrogate - Spring Bank Holiday, 30th May 2016 and the last day of the British Association of Barbershop Singers annual convention saw the inauguration of the very first Mixed Chorus class.  Very proud to report that no less than six of the 24 singers in the group...

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Success for young RDA rider

Peter, one of the young riders from Riding for the Disabled (Patchwork RDA - FR's charity for 2016) has covered himself with glory by being awarded 3rd place in both of the classes he entered for at the Regional RDA Championships. This qualifies him to go forward to...

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Great Day for Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts

It's a weird fact that every time FR have a whole day somewhere, be it workshop, coaching, competition, etc - the weather is always glorious while we're warbling away indoors.  We did manage a quick half hour in the sun for lunch at our rehearsal hall before She Who...

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Stunning venue for our HomeStart Charity concert

The drive to get to the beautiful BeauDesert School in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire on Saturday, 7th May was a treat in itself, though we did get a little concerned about the amount of traffic trying to get away from the last day of Badminton Horse Trials.  Nearly...

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We’ve Been McLeaned!

Fabulous, fabulous coaching with Sally McLean over the weekend of 16/17th April, working on the six songs we're taking to the Cheltenham Music Festival in May (actually it's nine songs - two of them are medleys).  We worked our socks off and had such an inspiring...

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BinG! (Barbershop in Germany) success for JIGSAW

World Championship for mixed barbershop quartets in Munich. Our Tenor Section Leader Ali and her partner Pete, plus ex-FR member Donna and her partner Keefe teamed up a couple of years ago to become JIGSAW mixed quartet, winning 2 consecutive silver medals against...

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Good Result for Junior FR at Thornbury Eisteddfod

Thursday 10th March saw Junior FR competing again in the U14 Choirs class in St.Mary's Church, Thornbury.  After a fantastic warm up session at the Turnberries Community Centre led by MD Wendy Howse and assisted by Sarah Winter, we gathered in the rather chilly church...

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Great Night with the Mendip Men

We had a really good evening at our joint concert with the Mendip Male Voice Choir, raising well over £800 for FR's charity for 2016 - the Riding for the Disabled Association (Gloucester West, Patchwork Group).  The MMVC were formed in 1919, and the 70-strong members...

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Our Annual Harmony Workshop goes with a swing

Our Annual Harmony Workshop goes with a swing

We were pleased to welcome nearly 80 delegates to our annual workshop on Saturday, 23rd January, including many returnees from the past five years we've been holding this event. It was great to have some of our sister chorus, Cardiff Style, supporting us and also the...

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It’s Great to be Back

After all the hustle and bustle of December - then the 'no man's land' gap in between Christmas and New Year ... it was just great to get back to the singing on Thursday 7th January, when almost a full Chorus turned up - and three prospective new members as well!...

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Great Show with the GWC!

What a lovely way to start off Christmas week - our joint show with the A-Maz-Ing and hugely entertaining Great Western Chorus on Saturday, 19th December. Both choruses came together for the opening and closing numbers - over 90 mixed voices giving it wellie - to a...

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FR Sing in Men’s Underwear!

Saturday 5th December saw us return again to M & S, Cribbs Causeway for some festive season singing.  Last year we had a space in Ladies Lingerie - this year we were in very close proximity to Gents boxers!  Right by the entrance onto the Mall, our carols were...

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Fantastic Result! FR now 5th placed in the UK.

We had the most fantastic time at our Annual Convention in Bournemouth over the Halloween weekend and are so, so pleased to have jumped two places up the rankings with improved scores (they maybe tiny, but they count) with consistency across all three judging...

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What Are the Odds??

What are the odds of two unrelated young ladies of similar age with identical height, build, hair style and colour - both singing Tenor in different barbershop choruses not too many miles away from each other?   Caroline Bamford from Bristol Fashion...

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Junior FR open Proms in the Meadow 2015

It was a glorious evening with over 500 spectators at this annual event in Gloucester on 4th July and on the strength of their past performances, JFR were asked to open the proceedings. With a set of 6 songs, mixing a cappella, backing tracks and accompaniment by...

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Chord en Bleu through to Quartet Semi-Finals

What a weekend!  We scored 68.1 and came 7th in the UK, winning the Novice competition at LABBS Prelims on 20th June. We have been together as a quartet for 9 months so it's very early in our journey;  we are very proud and feel  blessed to have achieved this as well...

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FR Sing in M & S Underwear!

Well, actually it was in the Per Una section of the M & S flagship store at the Cribbs Causeway Mall in Bristol, but makes a better headline.  Sunday, 10th May saw us arriving in our magenta gear to be individually checked in by really great M & S staff who...

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Congratulations to Ali Jack and Jigsaw

FR's Tenor Section Leader, Ali Jack, has been adding to her considerable collection of medals when her mixed quartet Jigsaw won Silver at the Spanish Convention earlier this month (April).  Ali sings with her partner Peter Nugent who arranges many of our songs and...

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Farewell to Rangeworthy – FR’s on the move!

From Thursday, 2nd April 2015, our new home will be The Greenfield Centre in Winterbourne, South Gloucestershire.  We've loved being at King George V Community Centre in Rangeworthy which has seen us rise through our National Competition rankings from 22nd to our...

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Junior FR win First with Distinction at Thornbury Eisteddfod

Junior FR's hard work under the direction of MD Wendy Howse and help from her dedicated team paid off on Tuesday, 10th March 2015 when they competed in the U14 class, singing a 3-part a cappella arrangement of 'Who's the Best', followed by 'Edelweiss' accompanied by...

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Inspiring Harmony Singing Workshop January 2015

90+ delegates enjoyed a harmonious day of singing (and cake!) at FR's annual workshop in January, culminating in a mini-show for family and friends at the end of the day to showcase all their hard work.  We had excellent feedback on all the evaluation forms; some of...

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Listen to the Music – our new CD!

We're delighted to announce the launch of our new CD, Listen to the Music. Featuring the Fascinating Rhythm Chorus, plus our girls' chorus Junior FR and our in-house octet RhythMmix, the CD is a collection of our favourite close harmony songs and ballads. Click here...

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Delighted to entertain…

Fascinating Rhythm were thrilled to be invited to entertain at the Annual Civic Service reception for dignitaries of the South West local authorities and guests. The event was held by Councillor Howard Gawler who stated in his speech how proud he was to know the...

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Fascinating Rhythm 2015 Harmony Singing Workshop

Ignite your passion for singing! If you love to sing or want to give it a go, and you’re looking for something new to get the New Year off to a flying start then come along to the Fascinating Rhythm workshop. Designed to improve your vocal technique, by the end of the...

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FR Fashion Show – 21 July

The FR Fashion Show and Sale is one of the most popular events in our annual calendar. It's your chance to buy fabulous cut price bargains from quality High Street labels. The event takes place at the Armstrong Hall, Thornbury. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start....

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Listen to the Music – our new CD!

We've recently recorded a CD of our favourite performance songs including Ain't no Mountain, You Don't Know Me, And So It Goes and the title track, Listen to the Music. Recorded over a weekend under the watchful production eye (and ear) of Pete Nugent, we had great...

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FR welcome the new team to Southmead Hospital

On 28 April, Fascinating Rhythm sang in the atrium of the new Southmead Hospital building. The team behind our nominated charity of the year,  Shine Together (the umbrella charity for the hospital) invited us to sing all afternoon for the staff open day in celebration...

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Junior FR on the look out for new members

Do you love to sing? We're looking for girls aged between 5 & 14 to join our junior Chorus - Junior FR. You'll learn how to sing in harmony, get some expert vocal coaching and have a chance to perform in concerts and competitions. From 25 April, we'll rehearse...

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Great success at our Learn to Sing Workshop

On Saturday, 22 January 2014, we were joined by over 80 female singers at our Learn to Sing Workshop in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. It was a wonderful day's singing and we were all put through our paces learning 'We go together' from Grease. Once we'd got our...

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