The History -
The origins of the choir go back to around 1957. The group was originally known as
'The Country Singers'; it was formed and run for many years by Cuthbert Webb. Later it became the 'Beacon Singers', eventually becoming 'The Painswick Singers.'
In recent years the choir has been directed by Brian Etheridge (a professional singer
for many years) who handed over the baton in 2011 to our current director,
Andrew Hopwood, who also sings professionally.
Today's Choir -
We are a self-funding, independent choir of 34 singers - sopranos, altos, tenors and
basses; who meet on Mondays in St Mary's church rooms in the Cotswold village of
Painswick (famous for the clipped yews in the churchyard), near Stroud.
Our director / conductor -
Whilst you can read Andrew’s website for his illustrious career in Opera, what we can
add is that he is seriously good fun at rehearsals, and through humour, he has the gift
of extracting technique and dynamics from the choir beyond our expectations.
Why not sit in on a rehearsal and see and hear for yourself what you might achieve as a member of The Painswick Singers?
Concert performances -
We work towards 3 concerts each year -
Good Friday - a major choral work
Summer - a lighter programme
Christmas - Carols, songs and fun readings