Friendly society welcomes new singers

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CONCERTS performed by members of the Bourne Choral Society are an occasion not to be missed.

The group are a mix of enthusiastic beginners and singers with more than 50 years of experience, each with the desire to perform to the best of their ability.

In comparison to other choral societies the group in Bourne is relatively small with about 30 members but it is a close-knit group which all enjoy rehearsing and performing together.

Chairman John Riley said: “It’s all about the singing but we enjoy each others company as well.”

The society has no formal auditions and welcomes everyone who wants to sing, regardless of their age or experience. The only thing the group requests is commitment to attend as many rehearsals as possible and to put in a bit of practice at home.

Rehearsals take place every Monday night at Bourne Abbey Church to prepare for three concerts a year.

John said: “The concerts normally take place in the spring, summer and at Christmas but we are sometimes asked to perform at weddings or some of the other churches in the area too.”

Bourne Choral Society has a good mix of voices including sopranos, altos, tenors and bass singers.

New members are always welcome and the club’s musical director is on hand to slot people into the right sections to suit their voice.

The type of music performed varies between concerts and can include traditional folk song arrangements, modern popular songs, spirituals, anthems and carols.

John said: “If anyone new wants to join we encourage them to come along to our rehearsals for a couple of weeks to see if they like it. We are a very friendly group and everyone will be made welcome.”

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The next concert will take place on July 9 in Morton.