The Yeoman Singers began in January 1991, when singers from the four parishes of Bicton, Fitz, Montford and Shrawardine, formed the first choir.
The choir name arose because we rehearsed at “Yeomans Cottage”, the Shrawardine home of our founding Musical Director, Dorothy Tipton. We outgrew Yeomans Cottage some time ago, but we continue to rehearse locally, at the nearby Fitz Village Hall.
The Yeoman Singers have always included four-part works in our repertoire, even though many of our singers are not music readers. We enjoy performing sacred and secular music from a wide range of musical styles, and whenever appropriate, we raise money for charitable causes.
Under the direction of John Bowen, our enthusiastic and talented Musical Director, we make harmonious sounds, both for ourselves, and to share at the five or six concerts we perform annually.
At the start of the 2018-19 season, our new accompanist, Dr Derry Bertenshaw, joined us. Dr Bertenshaw plays an active role in church music and recitals in Shropshire and is a most welcome addition to the Yeoman Singers.
We proudly celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2016 with a concert in Shrawardine church, right next door to Yeoman’s Cottage where it all began, raising £800 for charity.
To date, the Yeoman Singers have raised just over £20,000 for charity.
If you feel the urge to sing, we invite you to come along and join us on Tuesday evenings at 7.00 pm when we kick off the evening with tea, coffee and cake (very good cake!), before bursting into song!
Subscriptions rates for 2018-19 remain at £25 per term, which covers all costs – hall hire, professional fees and the loan of musical scores.