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Cirencester Singers are a friendly and informal female community choir based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
We have been singing together since 2014 when we were formed by Suzanne Bishop and Amy Garry who wanted to create a relaxed, non-audition singing group for people to come along and sing…no experience required, just a love of singing!
Since 2014 we have put on our own regular ‘showcases’ for friends and family, as well as performing at the Ashley House Care Home, Powell’s School, Graze Cirencester, The Fleece Cirencester and our annual Christmas performance at Cirencester Parish Church.
We rehearse every Monday evening during term time at 7:15-9pm, at Cirencester Baptist Church (Chesterton Lane). If you’re thinking of joining, please drop in any week to meet us – and do get in touch if you have any questions.
We are also on Facebook – follow this link and add us as a friend! ‘Cirencester Singers’
Suzanne Bishop (Founder)
Suzanne founded Cirencester Singers in 2014 after feeling there was a gap in the market for an informal choir that didn’t audition or rely upon sight-reading skills to take part. She lives in Kemble with her husband and two children. Suzanne travels around the country (and beyond!) for work and is the glue that holds us together.
Amy Garry (Musical Director & Co-founder)
Amy teaches Music in a secondary school in Gloucester and has studied Music at the University of Leeds (2013) and Education at the University of Bristol (2016). She teaches piano and singing and has loved watching the choir go from strength to strength in its first 4 years after embarking upon the unknown when setting it up with Suzanne back in 2014!
Russell Blackaller (Accompanist)
Russell is a well-known face in the area, having taught Drama for many years in Cirencester. He now teaches piano and plays in ‘The Curious Little Big Band’ who you can find out more about here: http://www.thecuriouslittlebigband.com/wedding-band-party-music/
And of course…our members!
Our membership is made up of around 60 members of a wide range of ages. We have a range of abilities and experience in the choir, with some members having sung at a professional level and others just starting to explore singing for the first time! The enthusiasm, commitment and friendship shown by our members is what keeps us all coming back and means we have become a strong community over the past 4 years. We have also been known to organise fairly noisy socials, including going to watch ‘Hairspray’ at the cinema in Barnsley House last year and adding to the soundtrack ourselves!