Established in April 2009 and based in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, the Grand Union Community Choir is a non-audition, all embracing choir in which any adult who wants to sing is welcomed and valued. Singers do not have to be able to read music or have any prior musical experience. We work as a supportive team, developing musical skills, whilst having fun as we learn and challenge ourselves.
We sing a mixed repertoire including world music, music theatre, folk, popular and contemporary classical. We enjoy sharing performance platforms with ABC Big Band, Heath Band, Luton Concert Orchestra and Leighton-Linslade Gala Orchestra, raising money for local and national charities, as well as singing on our own. Participation in performances is optional. Our key aims are for people to find their voices, feel good, meet new friends, laugh, learn and sing. Worrying is not allowed!
The choir rehearses on Thursdays during school term time from 8.00pm to 9.30pm in Southcott Lower School, Linslade and meets before each rehearsal for coffee and a chat. There are ten rehearsals each term.
The choir is directed by Susan Cox and Anna Hailes, both of whom are experienced vocal leaders and teachers who enjoy working with singers of all ages. Accompaniment is provided by John Wearmouth, a gifted organist, pianist and choir director in his own right.
The first rehearsal of the new term will be on Thursday 19th September at 8.00pm at Southcott Lower School. New members are welcome to come along to the first rehearsal.
Congratulations to the Choir for raising £3446.00 for Home-Start Central Bedfordshire and Leighton Buzzard Mencap at the concert on the 18th May, 2019.
A concert staged by the Luton Concert Orchestra with guests 'The Grand Union Community Choir'. Look out for more details of this concert to be held on Saturday 5th October, 2019 at the Methodist Church, The Square, Dunstable.
A concert staged by the Luton Concert Orchestra with guests 'The Grand Union Community Choir'. Look out for more details of this concert to be held on Saturday 5th October 2019 at the Methodist Church, The Square, Dunstable.
The Choir's 10th Anniversary Concert was held at St Barnabas, Linslade on Saturday 18th May, 2019. The concert, which featured songs chosen from across the choir's ten years, was held in support of Home-Start Central Bedfordshire and Mencap Leighton Buzzard. The concert raised £3446.00, which was split between the two charities
The choir joined the Leighton Linslade Gala Orchestra in a concert on Saturday 9th March, 2019 at All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard. The programme included the Choral Suite from The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins and favourites from Last Night of the Proms. The concert raised over £5,000.00 for Citizens Advice Leighton Linslade
Thank you to all who supported our joint concert with the Heath Band on Saturday 1st December. The choir raised £400.00 which is being split equally between Mencap and Homestart.
On Sunday 11th November, members of the Grand Union Community Choir joined a choir of 214 international singers in Carnegie Hall, New York in a concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1, presented by Distinguished Concerts International (DCINY). The concert featured specially commissioned works by Philip Hawes and Paul Mealor. More information about the concert can be found on the DCINY website.
Saturday 10th November. Members of the choir sang Christmas songs and got some amazing Christmas gifts at the Cedars Craft Fair.
Thank you for your support on Saturday 24th February for the concert with the Leighton-Linslade Gala Orchestra. The concert which was at All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard raised over £4,700.00 for Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade.
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