Big Sing hits the right note

November 02 2016

AN AMBITIOUS community concert has hit certainly the right note with residents.

AN AMBITIOUS community concert has hit certainly the right note with residents.

Fishponds Big Sing took place recently as part of FishFest and involved volunteers rehearsing and performing in just one week.

Rehearsals took place at All Saints Church, with performances on Friday October 14 at St Mary's Church and Saturday October 15 at All Saint's Church.

Fishponds Big Sing was the brainchild of Rev Lizzie Kesteven who thought a scratch choir would help put a new twist on community engagement.

She recruited the help of choir masters Elisa Williams and John Waldren to work on musical arrangements and started short-listing songs and advertising for volunteers. 

More than 50 people came together to rehearse, some had never sung in a choir before and others were experienced singers. Over the course of eight hours, they worked on eight songs, each in three part harmony, and performed in front of the public a week later.

They were joined by a group of Year 3 pupils from Fishponds Academy who sang a selection of songs they had rehearsed with Mr Waldren. 

Proceeds from the event will be split three ways between the two churches and local dementia support group, Singing for the Brain.