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West Pennard Primary School

Village Voices Community Choir is open to all people aged 9 to 90 plus in the local area.

The Choir meets weekly in term time on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm to 9pm in the Methodist Chapel, Top Street. The emphasis is on improving singing ability and wellbeing through singing a wide variety of songs in a supportive group.

No previous experience is needed, just a willingness to take part. The Choir is led by Emma Wheat, a young, enthusiastic and talented local musician who makes sure that every rehearsal is enjoyable.

Village Voices

Community Choir

The newly formed Choir is now up and running, meeting weekly every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Methodist Chapel, Top Street, Pilton.

Some people come every week, some every other week and some when they can and this is fine. We are a friendly, enthusiastic and supportive group and would welcome any new members from the local area. Do come along and give it a try. You do not need to read music or have an amazing singing voice but you will definitely leave each session full of the ‘feel good factor’ we hear so much about these days.

Our first Christmas Concert will be on the evening of Thursday December 17th in Pilton Village Hall. There will be more details about this next month, but meanwhile please put the date in your diaries. It will be a lovely evening guaranteed to raise your spirits and send you home with a smile

Margaret Wheat

Village Voices Community Choir Christmas Events

The Choir will be carol singing around the village on the evening of Tuesday December 15th. We will be collecting for The Bath Cancer Unit.

The first concert for our newly formed choir will be on Thursday December 17th at 7.30pm at the Village Hall in the Bournes Room which is the room at the very top. Entry is free but there will be a collection, again for The Bath Cancer Unit. A variety of songs will be sung, some Christmassy, some not and some that you can join in with if you wish to.

Please come along and support us. We can promise you an enjoyable and entertaining evening of music followed by light refreshments.

Rehearsals will start again on Tuesday January 5th from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at the Methodist Church, Top Street. Do come along - everyone is welcome.

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Our Christmas events raised £309 for the RUH Cancer Unit which is a fantastic amount. Thank you very much to all who supported us.

Our Carol Singing around the village on December 15th was not without incident, as three members managed to fall over in the dark, but we carried on resolutely and sang our hearts out, vowing that next year we must hold on tight to each other and bring better torches!

The first concert was at the Village Hall on December 17th and was a great success with the choir singing confidently and enthusiastically. There was a warm response from the capacity audience who joined in at every opportunity proving that THEY should join the choir.

Not everyone could come to the first rehearsal of the New Year, but even so 30 people did attend, including 9 new members, which was a really encouraging start to an exciting year ahead.

Thanks also to the Grants Committee of Pilton Show. With your help we have been able to purchase a much needed keyboard for the choir.

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Village Voices Community Choir Summer Concert

Our Summer Concert takes place in the Parish Church on Wednesday 6th July at 7.30pm. The choir has been

meeting regularly since September and this will be a celebration of our year’s efforts. It will be full of a variety of popular songs which you will love to hear and which will definitely raise your spirits. Refreshments will be available and entry is free. There will be a retiring collection for some of the groups within our community. We realise, of course, that this is a busy time of year but hope that you will come along to support us and have an enjoyable evening in the process! We look forward to seeing you there.

Emma Wheat

July 2016

From African to Gospel music to the Beatles and Paul Simon, our concert on July 6th was full of variety. The choir sang with great energy and spirit - so did the audience.

Feedback has been extremely positive and, thanks to the generosity of the audience, a considerable amount of money will soon be distributed to a few local groups.

A huge thank you to everyone involved which really showed the team spirit and commitment of our choir members. Thanks to the Church for the concert venue, the Chapel for the rehearsal venue and to Pilton Players for the staging. The choir is developing well and the progress in one year is amazing. This is in no small part due to Margaret (my mum-in-law) who very kindly stepped in to cover my maternity leave and did a super job leading the choir in my absence. As one audience member put it, ’You have always shown great enthusiasm and energy and now it’s musical as well!’ A wonderful team effort.

Our new term starts on Tuesday September 6th at 7.30pm to 9pm in the Methodist Chapel, Top Street, Pilton. Everyone is welcome. Do come along and give it a try. We’d love to see you. Emma Wheat


The first rehearsal of the New Year is on Tuesday January 3rd at 7.30 to 9pm in the Methodist Church, Top Street, Pilton.

The choir has had an extremely successful year and is thriving and improving all the time. People who come to listen to the choir are always impressed by the joy, enthusiasm and commitment shown by the members. It is a new year and you could start a new activity. How about joining us?

The choir is warm and welcoming and we have such a lot of fun together. There are no auditions and we are seeking new members.

We’d love to welcome you. Many of our members have never sung in a choir before, but are loving the experience, so do come along and see what it is like.

Emma Wheat

February 2017

Thank you to all who attended our Christmas Concert on December 7th. The church was packed  with a large, supportive and enthusiastic audience.

They enjoyed themselves so much that we collected over £400 for our various causes: a fantastic amount. Thank you for your generosity. The choir sang their hearts out, the Handbells played beautifully, the audience participated willingly and there was a lovely atmosphere.

We continue to meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 to 9pm in the Methodist Church, Top Street, Pilton.

Do come and give us a try. We are a friendly and welcoming group.                                 Emma Wheat

May 2017

Our summer concert takes place on Friday June 9th and this year we are not performing in Pilton. We have been given a wonderful opportunity to have a joint concert with a well- established choir, ‘Joyful Spirit’ to raise money for the RNLI. This is being held in Draycott Village Hall on Friday June 9th at 7.30pm.

We do hope that people will come along to support us as usual, though this time it will involve a journey. We guarantee it will be worth it though to hear a very entertaining concert of uplifting and memorable songs from Gospel to Pop, modern musicals to Simon and Garfunkel.

Please make a note of the date and further information will be in the June edition of The Roundabout.

Emma Wheat

June 2017

Village Voices Community Choir Concert

Tickets for our Summer Concert on Friday June 9th at 7.30pm in Draycott Village Hall can be obtained from any member of the choir.

The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for those under 16 and this will include a drink. We hope you will come along and support us despite the travel involved this time.

Along with a well -established and popular choir ’Joyful Spirit’, we are helping to raise money for the RNLI. It will be a lovely concert.

Do come.

Emma Wheat


Our Christmas Concert on December 6th was very well attended with the audience stretching right to the back of the church, joining in and applauding enthusiastically. From the many lovely comments received since, we feel very pleased that we provided such an enjoyable and successful evening and impressed everyone with the large number of people who are now regular members of the choir, the standard of our singing and the variety of styles we can attempt.

“Simply Uke”, who did the guest spot, provided fun and variety and an opportunity to sing along. We took just over £400 which is fantastic and after expenses are paid we will split this between the three local good causes, The Lawrence Centre, Heads Up and the new Somerset Family Counselling Trust. Thank you all for your generous support.

Our new term begins on Tuesday 9thJanuary at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel, Top Street, Pilton. Do join us, the more the merrier.

Margaret Wheat

June 2018

Our eagerly anticipated Summer Concert will take place in Pilton on the evening of Wednesday 18th July. More details to follow.

Emma Wheat

September 2018

‘What a wonderful evening of music’ and ‘Aren’t the choir sounding great!’... was the overall opinion of our Summer Concert held on 18th July in the Tithe Barn. The choir performed a wide range of songs from the upbeat ‘Feeling Groovy’ to the classic ballad ‘You Raise Me Up’ with their usual enthusiasm and joy, but this year also demonstrating a huge leap forward in their musicality, with some brilliant soloists thrown into the mix.

The choir were joined by ‘Simply Four Folk’ who delighted and entertained with six appealing tune arrangements from across the folk genre. Overall, this fun-filled and vibrant night resulted in £450 being raised for Heads Up. A fantastic amount! Thank you very much for your support.

Do please consider joining us. We meet every Tuesday evening in term time from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Methodist Church, Top Street, Pilton. The new term begins on Tuesday 4th September.

Emma Wheat

Dec 2019

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our ‘Sing Song Merrily on High’ event on 22nd December in the Tithe Barn. There will be a proper write up in next month’s

Roundabout News.

Choir begins again for our existing members on Tuesday, January8th which will be our social at Mark and Rosie’s house.

For any new members please come along and join us on Tuesday, January 15th at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel, Top Street, Pilton. We’d love to see you - the more, the merrier! Emma Wheat