Big Friendly Choir
Despite the name, Big Friendly Choir is a small community choir. We began as a "singing for health" group, later becoming an independent voluntary group. Our music-making is energetic and enthusiastic. We sing a variety of types of music including popular music and traditional folk songs from around the world.
We often sing with Cosmos, a children's choir which is also run by Mark Lawrence, our choir leader. Mark is a composer. In 2014 we sang at Colston Hall with 2 orchestras and about 250 other singers in an opera " Home by Chsistmas " which Mark composed to mark the centenary of the First World War. In February 2018 we will sing at the openning of a new extension to St Georges Bristol in community opera also written by Mark. This work " The Hall on the Hill " tells the story of St Georges.
There are no auditions, and no need to enroll in advance. New members are always made welcome. Some members can read music whilst others cannot - it doesn't matter, because the choir leader chooses music to suit the abilities of our members. Just turn up and see if it's for you.
Our choir leader is Mark Lawrence. His web site is listed below.
We meet almost every Thursday morning at 9:45 for 10:00, until 11:15 - with a break for tea & coffee of course. Our meeting space is upstairs in the doctors' surgery which is just across Regent Road from Asda. It is easily accessible via a lift. The address is: Regent Road, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4AT. We ask for a contribution of £5 weekly, if you are able, after your first week or so.
We sing a variety of types of music including popular music and traditional folk songs from around the world.