Singing for good

PEOPLE in the Hanham area are part of a network of choirs that enjoy singing in the afternoon – and raise money for good causes as a bonus!

There are 24 Good Afternoon Choirs across the West Country and already in 2023 they have netted more than £14,000 for good causes. Each choir chooses its charity for the year in January.

The South Gloucestershire Good Afternoon Community Choir is led by Matt Finch and meets every Wednesday at Kingswood Community Church (Great Hall) from 2-4pm. Its concert with guests Oldland Brass at a packed Holy Trinity Church in Kingswood and other fundraising events have raised £802 for the Dementia UK charity so far. More concerts are planned in the run up to Christmas including an open Christmas celebration which will take place this year on Wednesday December 13. 

 “Following our summer break the choir starts back Singing in the Afternoon on Wednesday September 6. There are no auditions, everyone is welcome – come and meet us, there’s no charge for your first rehearsal,” said Matt.

Many of the choir members will be looking forward to attending the annual Good Afternoon Choir ‘Big Sing’ which will take place in Wells Cathedral on Wednesday November 15. Over 500 singers will take part.

Good Afternoon Choir founder Grenville Jones said: “Last year our total was over £22,000 and with the fantastic support of choirs like the South Gloucestershire members and with Christmas concerts ahead, I am hoping we can reach £24,000 by the end of the year.”

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