THE City of Bath Male Choir, who hit the headlines last August when they reached the last five in the BBC's Last Choir Standing series, will be in concert in Portishead on Saturday March 21st at the United Reform Church, starting at 7.30pm.
The Choir of over 70 singers will be supporting the work of the Golden-Oldies Charity. Weekly free 'Goldies' sessions take place every Friday morning from 10.30am – 11.30am in the Church Hall at the Methodist Church Hall in Portishead and the concert is expected to be a sell-out.
When Bath music man Grenville Jones decided to start a new male choir in January 2006, he never dreamt that in a few short months The City of Bath Male Choir would have a huge national following.
Grenville has the reputation for getting people to sing and it was through the BBC Saturday evening Last Choir Standing series last summer that his "Boys from Bath" hit the headlines when they reached the last five in the competition that attracted hundreds of entries from choirs across the UK.
Bath Male Choir now has over 90 members and is in demand for concerts across the UK. Dubbed the "wall of sound," a name given to the Choir by Last Choir Standing judge Russell Watson.
Grenville and the Bath Male Choir pride themselves on singing a fresh repertoire of many modern numbers and the age of Choir members varies from 16 to 65.
Their TV appearances, watched by millions of viewers have bought concert requests from all over the UK. The Choir featured in a Cadbury Wispa ad and a new CD is planned later this year.
Grenville Jones also leads the Charity called Golden-Oldies which has also attracted media attention from around the World. "Goldies " as it has become known run fun, free singing sessions for elderly and isolated people across the West of England. The music is the hit songs of the 60's and 70's with Goldies set to become a nationally-known charity in the years to come.
The Friday morning session in Portishead is supported by North Somerset Housing and attracts over 40 people each week.
Last September Grenville was the special guest of Aled Jones on his Sunday evening Radio 3 programme The Choir. Aled quizzed Grenville on his growing national reputation as a choir leader, the success of the Bath Male Choir and his work with elderly people through Golden-Oldies.
Tickets for the Portishead concert are priced £10 from Rosie on 01761 472468.