A word from our Musical Director - Simon Thompson



Every Tuesday (during term-time) we meet in the Church Hall from 7.30 pm, aiming for a prompt 7.45 pm start. We stand in our Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass (SATB) groups in a horseshoe shape to allow easy interaction and listening.  Most of our songs are divided up into these four groups and each group will have chance to sing on their own at times and with other parts e.g., Sopranos and Altos may sing together and Tenors and Basses.


New members are ‘buddied up’ with an experienced choir member to help them settle in and we start off with some fun physical and vocal exercises, migrating to a song ‘in the round’ or a simple warm up song in the SATB parts.


In the second part of rehearsals, we sing a well-known song before working in more detail on new songs or those requiring a bit more practice.


All the songs we sing, along with lots of past ones and warm ups are stored on our Google Drive which is a really useful tool to listen to and practice with in your own time.  Our rehearsals are also recorded, and the links sent to members weekly to aid our memories!


Rehearsals include a short break, usually around 9pm, and this allows us to share important news and messages from the Chair and the Committee.


We then finish off with a ‘banger’ (a well-known song) to send us all home with a smile.  Some of our members continue the social aspect of choir with a visit to a local pub – The Stratford Haven.


Speaking of refreshments, we also recommend bringing along a bottle of water to the rehearsals as it can be thirsty work!


Some of our members' comments about our choir’s structure and performances are shown below:





We perform regularly and often support local groups and charities such as ‘Open Gardens’, the 'Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance', churches and volunteer groups. Recently we have supported a special needs school, local Brownies, ‘Vision’ and ‘@FosteringPeople’ in workshops, with the students and members singing alongside our choir members.


We also sing in pubs, especially around Christmas and New Year and throughout the year we link up with other choirs and musical directors from both near and far.


We have a wide and varied repertoire (see the document below) and members work hard to present concert material to a high standard.


Members' feedback on the recent concerts included these comments:


WBSS Repertoire - All songs 2024-25.pdf