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New voices urged to join blokes choir

Where: Jubilee Hall, Park Road, Blockley GL56 9BY

When: Thursday, January 17, 7.30pm

Gentlemen of the North Cotswolds and from surrounding towns and villages are very welcome to join the Blockley Blokes Choir for a new members' social evening on Thursday.

The choir started 14 years ago and has members from Moreton-in-Marsh, Willersey and Chipping Campden in addition to Blockley.

The social event is being held at the Jubilee Hall in Park Road, Blockley, on Thursday at 7.30pm.

No doubt accompanied by a glass of beer or wine, you can listen to a few songs by the present choir, have a chat to the musical director Martin Dear and find out what it's like to enjoy those moments of rare triumph when you can say to your friends that "I sing with the BBC!"

But what if you can't sing? Remember Gareth Malone, who managed to root out budding choir members from the most unlikely places.

No matter if you can't read music, most of the members can't, but the choir's wonderful accompanist Doreen Robinson will patiently bash out the tenor, baritone and/or bass part.

Adding to this is the technical wizardry of Geoff Gregg, who produces a digital file to practise your parts at home.

The choir sing a wide selection from male voice classics to musical favourites, from Russian to Welsh, even a bit of Maori. You will know several of the songs and you will be welcome to join in.

Rehearsals are (mainly) in the Little Village Hall on Bell Bank in Blockley on Thursday evenings between 7.30 pm and 9pm from September to the end of May, with concerts in Blockley and the area several times during the year. As numbers grow, the choir will aim to be more ambitious.

Current choir members look forward to meeting you on Thursday in the Jubilee Hall - and please bring your friends! Email blockleyblokes@gmail.com  for more information.

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