Vicar and singers spring a surprise at pub

August 16 2016

PUB-GOERS at a Fishponds pub were in for a shock when they experienced a “Flash Sing” last month.

PUB-GOERS at a Fishponds pub were in for a shock when they experienced a “Flash Sing” last month.

Visitors at the Star Inn on Fishponds Road were treated to a rendition of  I’d like to teach the World to Sing  by a member of the All Saints and St Mary’s Choir who started singing on her own before being joined one by one by other members of the group who stood up from their seats.

Revd Lizzie Kesteven, of St Mary’s and All Saints, wanted to start a community singing group as a way to get the communities together and had been planning a joint event since 2015.

After weeks of rehearsals, members of the choir went to the Star and performed their first “Flash Sing” on Friday July 22 after talking with the pub landlord.

She said: “As the vicar of both churches I wanted to organise a group to get both churches together and thought as singing is something that both churches do it would be a good idea to start a community scratch choir.

“Myself and a team of planners had the idea of doing some ‘Flash Sings’, a bit like a flash mob – something that just starts with one person and then others around join in.

“As we meet regularly in the Star Inn we thought it would be a good place to start and so decided to surprise everyone by doing our first Flash Sing there.

“It was a great experience and had a brilliant buzz to it and was a wonderful way to give people a little idea of what we now have planned for October and hopefully to encourage people to join.”

Revd Lizzie is hoping to recruit some more singers to get together to rehearse and perform for the choir at the Big Sing - a ticketed event in Octobe to coincide with the Fishfest.

At the moment the choir has 30 members but hopes to get to 50 singers by the end of August. The cost is £5 a singer.

People can register to join the choir at 01179586412 or allsaintsfishponds.co.uk. Tickets will go on sale in September.