University Chamber Choir raises the roof...and £1,000 for charity

The University of Bath Chamber Choir recently held their annual reunion weekend and raised over £1,000 for the church where they were performing.

The reunion weekend is an annual event in the choir’s calendar, and past members of the choir are invited back to join the current choir in giving two concerts, conducted by Dr Michael Painting, over the May bank holiday weekend.

On Sunday 6 May, the choir gave a fundraising concert in aid of the Spire Appeal at St Bartholomew’s Parish Church, Corsham. The programme included choral music from the 16th to 20th centuries, with accompaniment and interludes from the church’s resident organists Robin Jackson and Maureen McAllister.

The following day, the choir performed an unaccompanied programme in Wells Cathedral.

The retiring collection following the Chamber Choir’s concert at St Bartholomew's raised £918, and with gift aid the total will be just over £1,000.

Robin Jackson, organist of St Bartholomew’s, and former Organiser of Student Music, Director of Music and Head of Student Music at the University, said: "We owe an immense debt of gratitude to the choir for this staggering result, and they deserve to be justly proud of themselves.

"They are a flagship for University music-making, giving concerts in Bath and the surrounding area.

"We are extremely grateful to them for helping us with the Spire Appeal at St Bartholomew’s, which was begun in 2006 with a target of £250,000 for essential maintenance on the Spire and other areas of church fabric.

"Now, with £20,000 still to raise, the work has begun, and scaffolding is in place showing the immensity of the project and the determination to see it through."

The Chamber Choir is just one of the many societies run through the Students' Union.

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