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 at Redditch Town Hall, the Primrose Proms Concert in October at the Spadesbourne Suite in Bromsgrove 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.
This year the Summertime Concert and the Primrose Proms were very successful. The Primrose Choir was joined at the Summertime Concert by the delightful choir from St Mary’s Roman Catholic School, Studley, and at the Proms by the equally delightful children’s choir from Tenacres First School in Redditch. As usual, the Proms featured a band and this year West Midlands Police Band gave a rousing performance.
This year’s Christmas Concert will be on Friday, December 12th, also at the Spadesbourne Suite in Bromsgrove. The Choir will be supported by the children from Astwood Bank First School, who have performed at the Christmas Concert for several years now and always give a polished performance. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets, costing £9, are available on 01527-67383 and 01527-546158 or from any member of the Primrose Choir.
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.