About the Gotherington Singers

Goth Sing Christmas concert 2015 with Jane Ward Watts

The Gotherington Singers have built a growing reputation for themselves since they were formed in 1967 by Margaret Crompton. Starting as a small local WI choir in the village of Gotherington, with only 15-20 singers, some of whom had little musical knowledge, they now have about 35 singers from a wide area in and around Cheltenham.

Under Margaret's inspiring leadership they began to grow in size and ability, and their reputation grew with them. They were soon tackling more ambitious projects, and the decision was made to become an independent choir in their own right.

Since then they have performed successfully in music festivals both in the UK and overseas, and have also raised thousands of pounds singing for local charities. They have been Gold Cup winners at the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts, and in 2006 were honoured to be invited to sing at the Thora Hird Memorial Concert at St Martin in the Fields in the presence of Sophie Countess of Wessex.

They have been pleased and proud to have had the well-known broadcaster, Richard Baker, as their Patron for many years. Over the years he has joined them for several concerts as reader, compere and raconteur, and since his retirement remains a good friend to the choir. Gwyn Arch is also a patron, and is hugely supportive despite health difficulties. He is generous with advice and friendship, and has attended several of their concerts, as well as arranging his own music for them. The choir is pleased to have him as a friend and advisor.

Margaret Crompton retired in 2015, and Jane Ward Watts took up the baton. Jane is another inspiring leader and the choir was delighted when she agreed to join them. Jane took the choir forward for three and a half years despite her incredibly busy work schedule, and the choir has benefitted enormously from her skill, expertise and musicality. Jane has now handed the baton on to Sandra Burne, their present Musical Director.

The choir is justifiably proud of the family atmosphere it has created throughout its life and development, with mutual support for members through good and bad times.

Social Events

The choir never misses an opportunity for a get-together! They have an annual Christmas Party and also a New Year Dinner. Throughout the year they have walks, skittles evenings, theatre trips, barbecues and coffee mornings to name but a few! Visit the gallery page to find out more.

Overseas tours

The choir have toured in Belgium, Jersey, Spain, Tuscany, Bavaria, Moravia, Elba, Poland and Germany. To find out more about past tours, visit the gallery page.

Charities we have supported

Whilst the major emphasis of the choir is to make beautiful music with a varied (and regularly updated) repertoire, it is positively linked to raising funds for a wide range of charities.

The choir has supported numerous local and national charities including:

  • Age Concern
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Save the Children
  • RNLI
  • Macmillan Cancer Trust
  • The Samaritans
  • Gloucestershire Prostate Cancer (Bracytherapy) Trust
  • Children’s Acute Transport Service
  • St John Ambulance
  • Red Cross
  • Parkinsons Disease Society
  • Gloucestershire County Association for the Blind
  • LINC
  • Salvation Army
  • Arrhythmia Alliance
  • The Meningitis Trust
  • Thomas – Hannah Appeal
  • Alice Glenister Foundation
  • Dame Thora Hird Memorial Trust
  • John Grooms Trust
  • James Hopkins Trust
  • Salters Hill Charity
  • Alzheimers Society
  • Alexander Evans Fund
  • Bristol Children’s Hospital Leukaemia Research Fund
  • Friends of Chilonga
  • Glenfall House
  • Cheltenham Horticultural Society
  • Gloucestershire Gardens and Landscape Trust
  • Workers Educational Association
  • Stanton Guildhouse
  • Oxenton village restoration projects
  • Tewkesbury and District Twinning Association
  • GFWI
  • Local WIs
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals
  • Local Churches
  • Maggie’s the Cancer Care Charity
  • County Community Projects
  • Midlands Air Ambulance
  • Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts
  • Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
  • LINC
  • And many more local groups...