Choir Photograph – September 2015

Last night at rehearsal the ladies all arrived in their choir uniform so we could take an updated photograph to help promote some forthcoming events.

Pewsey Belles

Our next concert is in Devizes at the Corn Exchange on 24 October when we will be singing alongside Grenville Jones and his Devizes Good Afternoon Choir.   A week later, the Pewsey Belles will be singing as part of the the Pewsey Carnival Gala Concert, for which this photo was requested.


Jules Addison is Musical Director for The BlueBellesThe Pewsey BellesCirencester Male Voice Choir & Great Western Harmony

Rehearsal – 15 September

Tonight’s rehearsal is at St John’s Parish Church in Pewsey.  Usual time of 7.30pm – 9.00pm followed by a drink in the Royal Oak for anyone who can come along.

New members are always welcome and tonight we look forward to welcoming Linda Munday.

From next week we will be back in our usual venue of the Methodist Church Hall in Goddard Road.


New Term – view from the Alto Section

There was a buzz of excitement around the room as everybody gathered together for our first rehearsal after our summer break, as we were all keen to catch up and sing again. With two daytime concerts coming up in the first week back, we very soon launched into the songs we had learned in the spring to see how much we had remembered.

Luckily for most of us it all came back to us, and our choirmaster Jules wasn’t too scathing. (To have him not scathing at all would make us think he was unwell or had been replaced with a replica and we’d all be a bit nervous!) It was good to be back, and we have been told we will be learning new songs in the next couple of weeks so if anybody wants to see if the Pewsey Belles is for them, now is a good time to join.

We meet on a Tuesday night in the Methodist Hall, Pewsey (to be ready to sing*) at 7.30pm till 9, and some of us go home feeling purged and there’s always some of us who have a drink afterwards in the Royal Oak.

*It would be nice if the ladies were ready to sing at 7.30pm! Realistically there is so much chatting and gossiping we never start much before 7.35pm… (Choirmaster)

Autumn Term – 2015

The Pewsey Belles will start rehearsals again on Tuesday 1 September and have a busy few months leading up to Christmas.

Our first event is to sing at the Alzheimers Cafe in East Grafton and the repertoire will include:

  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Say a Little Prayer
  • Bridge over Troubled Water
  • Something inside so Strong
  • Only Time
  • May it Be
  • Hallelujah Get Happy

The ladies will then start rehearsing for a concert in Devizes on 24 October alongside Grenville Jones’ Good Afternoon Choir. At that concert the ladies will be singing:

  • Angels
  • Hallelujah Get Happy
  • Something inside so strong
  • One Day like this
  • Anthem
  • Unchained Melody
  • Heaven Help us All
  • Bridge over Troubled Water
  • Let me Go

If you like the sound of this and want to join us then please come along to one of our rehearsals in September which start at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall.  For further details please contact our Choirmaster Jules Addison on 07855 275353 or click here to email us.

Pewsey Belles to sing with the Devizes Good Afternoon Choir

Come and here us sing with the Devizes Good Afternoon Choir led by Grenville Jones.  This fantastic concert is going to be held at the Devizes Corn Exchange on Saturday 24 October 2015.

Concert Flyer

Concert Flyer

Click to download the Official Flyer (pdf)

Swindon Festival of Choirs 2015

On Sunday 12 July, the Pewsey Belles were on stage as part of the Swindon Choir Festival which took place at the Bowl in the Old Town Gardens.

This event was the idea of Lynette Corengia who sings in the GWH Choir and was designed to help raise money for the Open Door Charity which has recently lost some of its funding.  The ladies had a 30 minute slot during the afternoon. Some of the songs included:  Bridge over Troubled Water, Something Inside So Strong, May it Be and Hallelujah Get Happy.

The Pewsey Belles were singing as 1 of 4 choirs under the direction of Jules Addison, their Musical Director and as such had the opportunity to sing alongside two of Jules’ other choirs.  First they sang ‘This Little Light of Mine’ with the GWH Trust Choir from the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.  The Pewsey Belles ended their set by singing Anthem alongside Cirencester Male Voice Choir which was a rousing sound of nearly 70 voices on stage.

The British weather decided to make itself known and it rained quite heavily for most of the afternoon. Despite this there was a good audience throughout the Pewsey Belles set and initial estimates suggest the event raised over £1000 for charity.

Below are a few photographs from the event.

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The Pewsey Belles on Stage

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The Pewsey Belles

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Pewsey Belles & Cirencester Male Voice Choir


Jules Addison is Musical Director for The BlueBellesThe Pewsey BellesCirencester Male Voice Choir, The GWH Trust Choir and Transeamus Chamber Choir

Plans for 2015

After a very busy and successful year in 2014, the Belles are already planning for the year ahead.

With a number of concerts already in the pipeline, the ladies are busy learning new repertoire for 2015. Some of the new songs we are learning include:

Nobody Does it Better
Annie’s Song
Anthem from Chess

With a repertoire of some 60 songs now, there is also a plan to look back at some songs which haven’t appeared in a concert programme since 2011! Some of these songs include Bridge over troubled water and Over the Rainbow to name but a few.

Now is a great time to join the Pewsey Belles. New members are always welcome, just come along on a Tuesday evening to find out more.

Burbage Christmas Tree Sale – 2014

Now a regular event in the Pewsey Belles calendar, the ladies once again donned several layers of clothing to stand outside singing carols at the Burbage Christmas tree sale.

If you live anywhere near Burbage, Marlborough, this is ‘the’ place to get your Christmas tree and I have it on good authority that people travel quite some distance to secure one of the trees. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the tree sale in Burbage and it was bigger than ever with more stalls and seemingly even more people than before.

The Pewsey Belles sang a selection of carols and Christmas songs for about 45 minutes before retiring to the church hall for much needed warm mulled wine! After a short break the choir then sang again for another 45 minutes to a gathering crowd. As well as a few traditional carols the programme included:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Santa Baby
Harold Darke’s in the bleak mid winter
Christmas Lullaby
Angels Carol

During the second half of the event the ladies were recorded singing Oh Little town of Bethlehem which was subsequently broadcast on BBC Wiltshire.

The Pewsey Belles will be singing again at the Burbage Christmas Tree Sale in 2015.

Ladies Choir Wiltshire

Pewsey Belles in Concert at Amesbury Abbey

Nowadays as soon as you mention “ladies choir” most people imagine the Military Wives, largely because of their popularity and celebrity status afforded by the television.  The typical alternative to “The Wives” is a vision of grey hair shuffling onto the stage in long black dresses clutching folders ready to sing an entire oratorio for the next 2 hours.  If you fall into one of these two camps, then prepare to welcome something entirely new. The Pewsey Belles, under the direction of Choirmaster Jules Addison have virtually re-invented the concept of what a Ladies Choir should be about.

Welcome on stage 45 ladies in a vision of black and pink.  The show started with a single voice singing, from just off stage, the opening of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables.  As the choir joined in the benefit of the Abbey’s fantastic acoustic was quickly apparent.

As the concert developed it soon became apparent that the evening was more than just a Ladies choir singing.  The evening was a huge variety of songs and included 2 solo’s, a trio, and songs from the Pewsey Bellettes which is a ladies barbershop group.  No outside singers were brought in on this occasion which shows once again just how much talent there is amongst this group of 45 ladies.

Ladies Choir Wiltshire

Rehearsing in Amesbury Abbey

The standing ovation at the end of the concert was testimony to the quality of the performance and shows how far the choir has come in the last 3 years.

If you would like the Pewsey Belles to put on an event at your church or local event then please contact the choirmaster.


Oare C of E Primary School Fundraising Event

Last Saturday the Pewsey Belles took part in a fundraising concert for Oare Primary School.   The choir has an increasing number of members who have children at Oare Primary and as such felt it was a very important event to attend.

The concert started with “Look at the World” by John Rutter which our choirmaster, Jules Addison, had arranged so that it could be sung jointly by pupils at Oare School as well as the Pewsey Belles.  This was of course very popular with the parents (who made up a lot of the audience) and the children sang extremely well.

There were then a number of songs from the Pewsey Belles which included:

  • Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen (Soloist – Harriet McCullough)
  • Can you Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John (from the Lion King)
  • I dreamed a dream – Claude-Michel Schonberg (from Les Miserables)
  • Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary (Karl Jenkins)
  • Make You Feel my Love – Bob Dylan
  • The Rose – Amanda Broom
  • Somewhere Out There – James Horner (from An American Tail)
  • Irish Blessing (Bob Chilcott)
  • Say a Little Prayer – Burt Bacharach
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Francesco Sartori

The evening was a great success and from donations at the end raised a total of £600 towards the Oare Primary School Buildings appeal.