The Primrose Choir was started in April 2000 as the inspiration of Kay Hadley, the Musical Director, to support the Primrose Hospice in its fundraising efforts. From the original small group it has now grown to around fifty members with substantial soprano and alto sections and a strong group of tenors and basses. The members have joined for widely varying reasons and all have found it a great source of pleasure and often comfort for themselves, most staying for many years. They find it extremely satisfying to know that they have been involved in raising tens of thousands of pounds for the Hospice.
The Choir gives three public concerts a year, the Summertime Concert in June, the Primrose Proms Concert in October and the Christmas Concert in December. The public concerts give the Choir an opportunity to showcase the musical talent of local young people. The many school choirs featured over the years have performed brilliantly and shown that the next generation is already very accomplished musically.
Last year all the Concerts were very successful. The Primrose Choir was joined at the Summertime Concert by the choir from St Mary’s Roman Catholic School, Studley, at the Proms by the choir from Tenacres First School in Redditch and at the Christmas Concert by the choir from Astwood Bank First School. As usual, the Proms featured a band and the West Midlands Police Band gave a rousing performance.
This year the Summertime Concert will be on Friday, June 19th, at Redditch Town Hall. The Primrose Proms Concert is on Friday, October 16th and the Christmas Concert on Friday, December 11th. Venues for these two Concerts will be announced later.
The Primrose Choir also performs for organisations or individuals over the whole of the Redditch and Bromsgrove area. They are available at all times of day and can provide entertainment for any kind of social occasion. Weddings are particularly popular with the Choir! The repertoire is varied with an emphasis on light music.
The Choir has an arrangement with all the local Funeral Directors to sing at funerals if any family wants a Choir to be there. This can be a great support to the bereaved, particularly when the congregation is very small. The repertoire contains a number of pieces suitable for such serious occasions.
New members are warmly welcomed. No audition or previous singing experience is required. All that is needed is that members should enjoy singing and want to support the Primrose Hospice. The Choir practises on Wednesday evenings at the Hospice from 8 o’clock till 10.
If you would like to book the Choir for your club or society or for any family function please contact the Musical Director, Kay Hadley, on 01527-546158. This is also the number to ring if you are interested in joining the Choir.