We Are Farsley Village Singers
We are a community choir based in Farsley, Pudsey. We have been going since 2015 and have grown from just a handful to around 35 members.
Our motto is "singing in and for the community", and we strive to always stay true to that motto. This means working with local charities and organisations to raise money for great causes, and bringing together members of the wider Farsley community through music.
We have two main performances per year - one in summer and one near Christmas. All of our concerts are in aid of charity, with one or two charities supported at each performance. Our last two concerts alone have raised almost £2000 for worthy causes between them and our nominated charities have, in the past, included Guide Dogs, the Farsley Defibrillator Fund, Team Henry, Meningitis Now, Will's Way and Yorkshire Air Ambulance among others.
We also have various smaller performances over the year, including during the Farsley Festival in the Summer, Farsley Christmas Lights Switch On, and others. We also occasionally perform with other groups and in the past have sung with the James Farrell Concert Band and with Tutti.
What Do We Sing?
Being a community choir, our members have a wide range of musical experience from lifelong choristers to those who only ever sang in the shower before joining us! To make sure everyone enjoys themselves, we try to ensure that the songs we work on are accessible to all comers.
For our standard repertoire, we sing a wide range of contemporary music, from pop to musicals to foreign language songs. Some of our favourites include "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban, "Imagine" by John Lennon, "One" from the musical "A Chorus Line", the Māori song "Pokarekare Ana" popularised by Haley Westenra, and "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel. Our Christmas repertoire consists of a mix of sacred and secular music including "Walking in the Air" from "The Snowman", "Somewhere in my Memory" from "Home Alone", "Oh Holy Night" and "Silent Night" (in German).
We sing the majority of our repertoire in 3 part harmony (SAB), although for some songs we expand to 4 part harmony.