History

BCS Bio

15 years ago a group of singers who wanted to sing four part accapella harmony together began sessions in York Street on Thursday evenings led by Nick Petts. Nickomo took over the leadership of the group in the Summer of 2000. Since then the group has moved to Riverside, and finally to Larkhall, where we became founder occupants at New Oriel Hall. By a group vote, we changed our name from 'Spirit of Harmony' to 'Bath Community Singers' and continue to  meet on Thursday evenings (at 7:45.-9:45).

Our wish is to sing for the love of it, which we do.   We regularly sing in the annual Choir Convention in Bristol and occasionally at other community choir days or personal celebrations.  From time to time we make our own CDs, but apart from these events, we simply sing for the joy of doing so.  Bath Community Singers is entirely open to anyone who wishes to sing with us.  No auditioning, or any other conditions exist about joining.   

We mainly sing in four part harmony, and always without sheet music.  Songs are learnt, enjoyed, left and then revisited.  In the main term (3 terms each of 10 weeks) we are led through the 2 hour sessions by Nickomo Clarke.   However we occassionally run Self-Propelling sessions without Nickomo when those of us who wish to lead us in learning songs can do so.  We have also performed to friends and family as part of an end of term social evening.

Our repertoire covers Pop, Contemporary, Jazz, Blues, Eastern European, African, Folk, Gospel, Harmonic Temple, Taizé and more.

We celebrate ourselves in song, and always celebrate our good fortune in having Nickomo Clarke to lead us. Not only is he a brilliant teacher but he is an outstanding musician, arranging many of the songs we sing, and indeed creating some of them himself.  Acknowledged to be one of the leading teachers in the Natural Voice Practitioners  Network, he has enormous skill in bringing out the best of our voices.   Bath Community Singers are privileged to be able to work with him.