Choir Profile: Bradford-on-Avon Carols Choir



The Coach House, The Swan Hotel, 1 Church Street, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1LN


2pm on Sundays from 27 October until 1 December 2019

Group type: Non performing
Run by: Anne Gregson

Further information:

I lead a free singing group to learn the unusual Christmas carols that we sing in harmony in the pubs of Bradford on Avon. All parts are taught ‘by ear’ so participants don’t need to be able to read music.

The carols are not from the standard repertoire of Christmas carols, but many of them originated in the 18th or early 19th century at a time when most churches had a wooden gallery at the back where choirs, accompanied by bands of mixed instruments, led the singing.  We have no religious affiliation but sing the carols for the beauty and joy of them.

On Saturday 7 December, the day before the pub carols start, there will be a special session with our own carols band. Bring your friends to this one in particular because even if they don’t want to learn the harmonies they can familiarise themselves with the tunes and enjoy the atmosphere.

After that we sing them in the pubs with the carols band on the following Sundays at 4pm:

  • 8 December             The Swan
  • 15 December           The Dog and Fox
  • 22 December           The Boathouse