Four local groups will perform songs arranged by award-winning musician and composer Paul Sartin.

Following our search for Midlands-based choirs to take part in our 6 January wassailing event, we can now announce the four groups that have been chosen to perform:

Rock Choir Stratford-upon-Avon - This alternative choir has previously performed on a Russell Watson tour, at a G4 concert and as part of the Warwick Festival of Voices. They sing chart and pop songs with original vocal arrangements.

Stratford-upon-Avon Choral Society - This 84-strong classical choir was founded in 1836 and is one of the two oldest choral societies in the country. It features a variety of singers, ranging in age from their late twenties up to their early eighties!

The Choir Brigade and Shirley Gospel Choir - Made up of members of staff from the West Midlands Fire Service HQ and community volunteers, the Choir Brigade sing everything from musical theatre to classical arrangements. They will be joined by the 50-strong Shirley Gospel Choir for the performance. 

Rockappellas - An all-female a cappella group, the Rockappellas aim to be as open as possible: they learn their broad range of tunes by ear so there is no need to be able to read music, and they don't even have auditions!

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A choir performs on the Swan balcony.
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Each choir will be performing music arranged by Paul Sartin, a multi-instrumentalist and composer best known for his work with folk group Bellowhead. They will rehearse together in the morning of 6 January before performing around Stratford-upon-Avon in the afternoon.

The four groups will be singing the wassailing songs and their own set of festive tunes at Bancroft Terrace and Hall Croft from 2pm. They will then head to the Great Garden at New Place from 4pm to sing together, joined by our family workshop.

Everyone is welcome to come and listen - join us free of charge through the side gate on Chapel Lane.

And the evening doesn't have to finish there: you can still buy tickets for our ceilidh at The Other Place, kicking off at 6.30pm.