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The Gotherington Singers are a friendly and committed choir of women's voices from the Cheltenham area, always ready to welcome new members.

Gotherington Singers Christmas Concert 2015, with MD Jane Ward Watts

Joy to the World

Friday, 18 December 2015

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...

Gotherington Singers at Brunel manor with their course tutor Ben Sawyer

Great training weekend at Brunel Manor

Friday, 2 October 2015 - Sunday, 4 October 2015

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.

Welcome Jane Ward Watts, our new Musical Director

Saturday, 18 July 2015

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.

Margaret Crompton and Gwyn Arch at her retirement tea party

Retirement Tea Party for Margaret Crompton

Sunday, 28 June 2015

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.

Margaret Crompton conducting Gotherington Singers at her farewell concert

Spring Concert April 2015

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Our concert on Saturday night was very special ! It was one of our best concerts ever and a really moving occasion. The audience was full of friends old and new as we wished Margaret well in her retirement after nearly 50 years as Musical Director of the Gotherington Singers.

We were delighted to welcome back an old friend, Carol Axford, as our guest soloist, accompanied on the piano by her son Lee. Carol plays the harmonica and has performed with the choir several times over the years. She also came with us on our tour to Belgium. We were treated to a wonderful and varied selection of music, from classical to jazz via Bavarian oom-pah music and an evocative rendering of the signature tune to “Last of the Summer Wine”. The audience were enthralled by the wonderful performances of both Carol and Lee – their playing was absolutely breath-taking

At the end of the concert Chris Lammiman, another choir friend, gave a tribute to Margaret, talking about her life with the choir and how much we owe to her expertise and commitment. He reminded us of all the choir’s achievements under her leadership, including winning the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts. Margaret started the choir and through 48 years of wonderful music, friendship, laughter and hard work has brought us to where we are now. It was a moving tribute which echoed the feelings of all present and past choir members, and many of us shed tears as we sang "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" as our own special tribute to Margaret.

There are no words to describe how much we owe her and how much we will all miss her, but one thing is certain - we will carry on where she has left off, taking her inspiration with us.