Celebration to mark 40 years of beautiful song from Congresbury Singers

PUBLISHED: 12:01 21 November 2016

Congresbury Singers 40th anniversary concert.

Congresbury Singers 40th anniversary concert.

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Congresbury Singers has wowed audiences at some 100 concerts but its recent show had special significance, as it marked the group’s 40th anniversary.

The Singers were established in 1976, born out of the Congresbury Theatre and Arts Group which dissolved in 1976, leaving the singers as its lasting legacy.

In its 40 years the choir has entertained music lovers across North Somerset and beyond – performing in Congresbury, Portishead and Oxford, to name a few.

One of the group’s long-standing members, Peter Hull, said: “Little did I know when I bought a ticket for The Holy Birth – which was being performed in St Andrew’s Church in Congresbury in about 1981 – I would join the choir of the theatre and arts group and still be with them in 2016.

“It has been a long and varied journey, but well worth the ride.”

The choir has reinvented its style over the years, performing choral music, songs from classic films and musicals and even folk classics. Shows also fit with seasonal events, with thoughtful entertainment to commemorate World War One and World War Two and jovial songs to celebrate Christmas and Easter.

Congresbury Singers marked its 40th anniversary with a show at St Andrew’s Church, in Congresbury, on Saturday. The singers performed Handel’s Samson followed by a fun cantata from the 1960s – Swinging Samson.

Members come from across North Somerset. New singers are welcome and no audition is needed.

Congresbury Singers will host a Christmas concert in St Andrew’s Church on December 20, at 7.30pm.

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