The Gotherington Singers are a friendly and committed choir of women's voices from the Cheltenham area, always ready to welcome new members.
Our St George's Day Spring Concert attracted a sell-out audience, and what a wonderful evening it was! St Nicolas is a lovely light and airy modern church with great acoustics, and we all really enjoyed our first concert in this lovely venue. Our programme was a celebration of English music and song, from Elgar through to musical theatre via Gilbert and Sullivan, ending with John Rutter's 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You'. Jane Ward Watts, our Musical director, inspired us as always and kept us in order, and Rachel Hobby,our accompanist, supported us in great style.
This was our first concert with Jane Ward Watts as our Musical Director, and what a concert it was! A delighted audience went home afterwards with lovely Christmas music ringing in their ears, and full of mince pies and mulled fruit cup. The programme consisted of carols and Christmas songs old and new and the faces of choir and audience alike reflected their joy in the music. We were especially delighted to have flautist Siobhan Cosgrove as a soloist...
The choir have just returned from a wonderful training weekend at Brunel Manor in Devon. Our course tutor was Ben Sawyer, who led us not only with with skill and knowledge, but also with wonderful musicality and humour. We have all learned a great deal, and hopefully will now be putting it all into practice. Thank you so much Ben! Go to the gallery for some pictures of our weekend.
We are delighted to welcome Jane Ward Watts as our new Musical Director. She has agreed to take us forward into the future, despite her fantastically busy schedule, and we are honoured and thrilled that she has agreed to join us. We are all looking forward to our first concert under her direction - this will be our Christmas Concert on Friday 18th December at Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham.
The party was at Eckington Manor, which was a beautiful and inspired venue, and despite a rainy morning the weather cleared by 3 o’clock and we had bright sunshine. Present and former choir members were there as well as Margaret's family, and we were served with delicious cakes and sandwiches! John Qualtrough proposed the toast to Margaret with some wonderfully warm words thanking her for her dedication and inspiration over the past 48 years, and we presented her with a rose named after her - the Margaret Crompton rose. We also gave her a Memory Book about her 48 years with the choir.