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celebrating peace, friendship and reconciliation


Following the success of a singing workshop and performances led by Janet Russell during the 2014 Spring Peace Festival in Leek, Janet kindly agreed to act as Musical Director for the first 6 months to help launch the Peace Through Folk Choir. Thanks to her inspired leadership the choir got off to such a good start and its numbers are now over 35 with a regular singing out team of 24..

Lester Simpson (see http://www.coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk ) took over as Musical Director from Janet in November 2014. The choir also enjoys the leadership of our Assistant Director Penny Barfield on the Wednesday / Thursday evening sessions. Janet Russell remains with us as a guest director).

We are building a repertoire of songs (mainly three and four part harmony ) which celebrate peace, goodwill, reconciliation and friendship, social justice and related issues.

Singing with The Peace through Folk Choir is such great fun! Rehearsals are held in Friends Meeting House, Overton Bank, Leek where we meet three times a month :-

                    on a Sunday  afternoon 1.30 until 4.30pm (dates vary as specified) with Lester Simpson

                    on the third Wednesday evening of each month 7.30 until 9.30pm with Penny Barfield

                    on the first Thursday evening of each month 7.30 until 9.30pm with Penny Barfield

Cost per session is currently £7 per head for Sunday and £3 for Wednesdays/Thursdays.

Performances out so far have included The Manifold Gathering 2014 and The Folk Gathering 2015, Peace Tent at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2014 and Peace Concert, Sabrina Stage Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2015, Out of Darkness into Light Concert, Leek April 2015, and Liveage Festival Folk Day October 2015.

For the latest version of the Choir Song collection and more details about the choir, including up and coming practises, please email malcolm.hawksworth@gmail.com

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