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Stoke Gifford gospel choir records EP!

Posted on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 1:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of choir members pictured during a break in the recording session.

By Emma Smallwood, GGCC

On a hot, sunny Saturday in July around 80 singers gathered to record a brand new EP. The Stoke Gifford Gospel Generation Community Choir (GGCC) was one of six choirs that were part of this exciting project. Three other GGCC Bristol choirs plus one from Torquay and one from Feltham swelled the numbers, creating a wonderful rich sound.

For most of the singers, this was their first experience of being part of a recording, so they got a new insight into the world of multiple takes, instructions for more energy, tighter diction and smiles! It was a long day, took five hours to record the four songs and then we had another three hours to record a smaller group and some solos. The backing tracks for the songs had already been done by GGCC choir director Emma Smallwood, so literally all that was needed were the vocals.

We had the expert help of experienced singer/songwriter Geraldine Latty for the day, she led the choirs through all the songs and two of the songs we recorded were actually written by her and her husband, Carey Luce. Carey was the engineer/producer for the day and will be mixing all the songs for us over the summer.

The title track of the EP is ‘Sing our way home’ and the other tracks are a mixture of traditional spirituals and more contemporary gospel songs. We’re aiming to launch our EP at our annual Gospel singing conference here in Bristol on 12th October. This is open to anyone who loves to sing and loves gospel music. There are still places available – visit ticketsource.co.uk for details.

We’ll have more details of the launch and how to get hold of a copy when our new rehearsal term starts on Tuesday 10th September. We meet fortnightly at 7.30pm in the lower hall of the St Michael’s Centre in North Road, Stoke Gifford. New members are always welcome, so why not come and join us!

See also: Gospel Generation Community Choir on Facebook

Photo: Choir members pictured during a break in the recording session.

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Fortnightly gospel choir sessions in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Sunday 21st October 2018 at 7:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing some members of Stoke Gifford gospel choir singing during a performance.

By Emma Smallwood, choir leader.

Did you enjoy the Royal Wedding gospel choir? Do you like to sing along to the radio in your car? Do you love to sing in the shower? Do you think you might like to have a go at singing in a community gospel choir?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Stoke Gifford Gospel Choir might be just the thing for you. Part of the GGCC group of Bristol choirs, the Stoke Gifford choir has been going for two years now and has had some amazing adventures together. They have sung with the world-renowned London Community Gospel Choir, been part of various Bristol singing events, had a few road trips and put on their own concerts in venues such as the Victoria Rooms. When the current members joined the choir, I doubt they would’ve thought they could do any of these things but after being taught in a really fun, easy to access way, they have learned new skills they didn’t have before, made lots of new friends and had a lot of fun along the way.

We’re always open to new members. We meet fortnightly on a Tuesday evening in the St Michael’s Centre, The Green, Stoke Gifford, usually in the hall next to Old School Rooms Coffee Shop. We start at 7.30pm and finish at 9.15pm. The choir is for anyone, we love to have a wide mixture of people, that’s what ‘community’ is all about. We sing gospel music because at its heart it is about hope and that’s never a bad thing to have! You don’t have to call yourself a Christian or have any kind of faith to be in the choir; if you’re happy to sing gospel then you’re in!

We don’t audition people and there is no membership fee – we just have a donations box at every rehearsal. Rehearsal dates for October are 9th & 23rd, then 6th & 20th November . If you would like to come and see what we get up to, then do just turn up. If you have any questions then do email Emma Smallwood at gospelgen@googlemail.com

If you fancy catching us in action, we’ll be performing in local concerts during December. On the weekend of 7th-9th, we will be singing somewhere in Bristol (still to be confirmed) and on 15th December we are performing with Bath Community Gospel Choir and Geraldine Latty at the Roper Theatre in Bath. Details for all these events will appear on the GGCC Facebook page.

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 18). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Local choir provide backing vocals for band

Posted on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 11:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Gospel Generation Community Choir at rehearsal.

The Gospel Generation Community Choir (GGCC) have supported Christian band Treasure Field during their concert held in the St Michael’s auditorium in Stoke Gifford on 18th November.

The GGCC are a voluntarily run choir, which began about 15 years ago with just one choir, and now have four different choirs across Bristol (Stoke Gifford, Thornbury, Shirehampton and Easton). The four choirs meet at their separate locations for an 8-10 week term and then bring together their 90-100 members at the end to perform as one large choir. This term, they have ended their rehearsals with an incredible concert, supporting Treasure Field during their winter tour.

Emma Smallwood, leader of the Stoke Gifford choir told me how she was feeling in the week leading up to the concert:  “I’m feeling really confident. The songs are sounding great and I think the choir is really going to enjoy singing them.”

The concert was a huge success, taking place on Saturday 18th November in the auditorium at the St Michael’s centre. The GGCC had a half-hour slot at the start of the concert in which they sang four songs, perfectly harmonising the sopranos, tenors and altos. The choir were especially proud of their performance of ‘Praise Waiteth’, which was one of the more difficult songs in their set. It took them a long time to bring the different harmonies together, but the result sounded stunning.

They also sang with the band, a beautiful mix of the well-known ‘Silent Night’, which was a hit with the 200 strong audience. Treasure Field were grateful for the support of the GGCC, posting on Facebook: “Big shout out to the Gospel Generation Community Choir as well who were totally brilliant.” Even the fire alarm going off during Treasure Field’s final number didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the show!

More: Where to catch GGCC in concert during December »

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Summer concert success for Stokes Singers

Posted on Friday 14th July 2017 at 10:18 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Stokes Singers choir at their 'Midsummer Medley' concert.

Stokes Singers performed their summer concert, ‘A Midsummer Medley’, to an appreciative audience at Little Stoke Primary School at the end of June, writes Sue Callow, publicity officer.

With a programme including songs from films and musicals and classics such as ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and ‘Fields of Gold’ there was something for all tastes. The Eric and Ernie classic ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ brought a smile to everyone’s face whilst the choir’s favourites were the South African folk songs ‘Shosholoza’ and ‘Thina Simunye.’ A concert would not be complete without a piano solo from Co-Musical Director Philip Lawrence and this year it was a beautiful arrangement of ‘It Had to Be You’. It was good to have the added skills of Sue Juggins (percussion), Matt (bass guitar) and Lisa Rush (flute and piano) to accompany the voices.

The evening was also a great success for Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service who sent a motorbike and two riders, Nick and Chris, to talk about the valuable work they carry out transporting urgent medical supplies to support the NHS. An amazing £307 was raised from programme sales and refreshment donations to help the Freewheelers with their vital service.

The choir are now taking a well-earned break until September when they meet up to rehearse for a ‘Voices for Hospices’ concert at Holy Trinity Church, Bradley Stoke on Saturday 14th October. The Christmas Concert will be at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke on Saturday 9th December. Look out for posters and details in the local press in the autumn or contact Liz on 01454 614148 for further details.

If you would like to join the choir, Liz can also give you further information about the Thursday evening rehearsals at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway. There is room for more singers in all sections and men or ladies with lower voices would be very welcome to join the baritones. Sian Walters, also Co-Musical Director, assures you of a warm welcome and the opportunity to try the choir for two rehearsals free of charge to see how you get on.

More: Choir will soon celebrate 25th anniversary of founding »

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