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Sing yourself fit in the New year

Posted on Friday 4th January 2013 at 11:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon Harmony Ladies Acappella Chorus with their Musical Director Alex de Bruin.

If you feel the need to take up a new fitness regime in the new year, why not start singing, as part of your campaign, suggests Jackie Boffin of the local ladies’ acappella chorus ‘Avon Harmony’.

Singing tones the tummy muscles, improves posture, releases the same ‘feel good’ endorphins as chocolate, improves breathing, increases oxygen levels in the blood, and reduces stress levels!

All this from a hobby which is sociable, enjoyable, does not require special clothes, does not make you sweat,or mess your hair, and takes place mostly indoors. It’s also good for the brain!

What are you waiting for? Avon Harmony is a small and friendly chorus, which welcomes women of all ages to come and try this great way of feeling good, in a group who sing together, and laugh a lot. As a bonus, our Musical Director is young and energetic, and he laughs as much as we do.

Both experienced singers, who would like to try acappella harmony, and novices, are welcome. No music reading is required, just the ability to listen and sing in tune. Come along to Fairfield High School in Horfield one Thursday evening, join in a rehearsal if you wish, and find out more.

For more information, visit the group’s website at or call Mandy on 01179 652693.

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Filton Royal Mail staff star in BBC choir contest

Posted on Thursday 27th September 2012 at 6:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Workers from the Royal Mail's Bristol Mail Centre star in the BBC's "The Choir".

Workers from the Royal Mail’s Bristol Mail Centre in Filton are to feature in tonight’s episode of the BBC’s ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work‘.

Travelling across the country, choirmaster Gareth Malone sets out to create four unique choirs in four very different organisations which will then sing head to head in a contest to find his best workplace choir.

His last project, where he put together a choir of military wives from two army bases in Devon while their husbands were deployed to Afghanistan, scored a Christmas number one.

In tonight’s episode, he searches for hidden singing talent among managers and delivery workers, and initially encounters a mixed response to his ideas – but the novice choristers start to bond as rehearsals get under way, and Gareth discovers a strong sense of pride among them.

Asked to choose a song that represents “what you do and who you are”, members of the choir jokingly suggest “return to sender” and “who let the dogs out?”.

The programme goes out in BBC tonight (Thursday 27th September) at 9pm. Click the image above to see a preview clip.

The Royal Mail Choir’s 30 members were personally selected by Gareth from around 500 postal workers who auditioned for the programme.

Logistics director Tim Barber, who sang in the bass section of the Royal Mail Choir, said Gareth was “inspiring” and “very people oriented”, with “huge interest in the Royal Mail as an organisation”.

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