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Joining In! Ash

“I feel we are very fortunate living in Ash as there are many opportunities for people to get involved, make friends, learn new skills and be a part of the community we live in.

I hope you find something that interests you.”

Pauline Baxter, a local Ash volunteer

Ash Vale Village Singers

Singing is like breathing – everyone should do it!

We are a local community choir who get together on Wednesday evenings to blow the cobwebs away with a good sing.

We also take our music out to fetes, community events, retirement homes, etc. No music notation or word sheets are used.

Most of the members had no experience of choir singing before. They have been surprised how much they achieved in a very short time after joining.

We use many singing rounds, which are very easy to pick up. They range from the sacred Jubilate Deo (don’t worry – that’s all the Latin you need for that song) to old English drinking songs (we have a few of them).

Like most community choirs, we have a world-wide repertoire, and also a local focus. We sing a Shetland boat song, African harmony songs, a round in Japanese, evergreens from the 1950s and 60s, and sea shanties.

The Christmas repertoire includes rousing carols which were found on manuscripts in Eversley church, Hants. They are now largely unknown in church singing, but part of our local tradition.

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We meet on Wednesdays from 7.45pm to 9.30pm

St Mary’s Church Community Centre, 203 Vale Road GU12 5JE. On the corner of Wood Street. Entrance is to the right hand side of church.

Contact Andy Johnson on 01252 323533


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