'Gospel Voices'

(Formerly known as St Martin's Community Gospel Choir)

sharing the joy of traditional and contemporary gospel music

 

The choir is now established but we are looking for more singers.  We meet on Thursday evenings at St Martin's Church in West Moors BH22 0JW (on the corner of Station Road and Moorlands Road)

If you would like to join us please register by clicking here

We look forward to meeting you!!!!

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The choir restarts rehearsals in September 2023 on Thursday evenings (with some men only rehearsals on Tuesdays)

What is gospel music?

 Gospel music is a combination of authentic Spirit-filled praise, artistic presentation and strong musical emotion which helps to raise the human spirit and was central to the development of rhythm and blues and of soul music.  However, gospel music now takes many forms and adds freedom of expression to many great and popular tunes. Many well known celebrities have gospel music items in their repertoires.

 

What are we doing?

As the song by J D Means says 'Something good is coming out of this'. Gospel Voices has a mission to bring the joy of gospel music to churches and communities in and around East Dorset.  We have sung at many events and venues and have various bookings for the months ahead.

Through the beauty and exuberance of the music and the message of faith that it delivers we plan to share our joy with others enhancing the welcome that Christianity offers.

We offer the opportunity to you as singers and other musicians who are interested in gospel music to come and share your talents with a like minded group of friendly people.

 Members of the choir have attended a workshop and sung with the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir at St James' Church Piccadilly, London. It has developed a wide repertoire and has a growing number of exciting engagements.

During the lockdown of 2020 and 2021 the choir continued using Zoom and performed a number of 'virtual' concerts. The link below leads to one we did with West Moors Singers.

Click here for the 'West Moors sings in lockdown'

 

If you like gospel music come and join us.

Do I need singing experience?.   No, we were all given a voice and with a little practice we can use it better.  There is no audition.

Do I need to be a member of St Martin's or another church?.  No, members of any church, faith or none are welcome, but we will be singing and playing music that has messages about faith.

What is the commitment if I join the choir?.  The choir rehearse once a week in the evening during school term times from 7.00pm - 8.30pm  The choir is also being invited to sing at churches or community events approximately once a month. 

Is there a cost involved?.  Yes, members are requested to make a small contribution to the cost of running the choir.  In 2023 this is £4 per week.  There are no rehearsals during the school holidays.

 

We welcome new singers (all voices) and musicians 

The choir at the West Moors Multi Activity Day on July 14th

Songs of Praise and Joy 4th November 2018

 

Performances have been undertaken for Civic events in Wimborne and Verwood, The Bournemouth Civic Society, and at Hillier Garden Centre, Oakdene Care Home, Horton Heath Methodist Church, Woodlands Methodist Church, Three Legged Cross URC, Sainsbury's Ferndown, East Cliff URC and at concerts in St Martin's.

 

Interested? Get in touch

Click here to find out more or register your interest by email or ring Christopher on 07771 617363

You will always find a warm welcome at St Martin's.