Lowering the tone
Under the nurturing tutelage of our glorious leader, Chris Samuel, this is a men's singing group capable of lowering the tone and raising a laugh simultaneously in any setting with deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness.
What we doWe sing all sorts of material, mostly a capella, with occasional musical accompaniment from anyone sober enough to beat a drum decently or, for those beyond the drum, squeeze the odd note from a concertina. We create a sound that has been described by several wives as ‘surprisingly good’ and we finish in good time for the bar.
We sing right across, despite and beyond, the musical spectrum from serious Georgian choral pieces, through the odd Wagnerian operatic piece, to less intellectual stuff employing hats and related costumery. Our performances are entirely suitable for all the family. Having said which, some of our repertoire is sung in Georgian and Old German and we're not at all sure what the words mean. Any offence given to Georgians or Old Germans is entirely unintentional and the same goes for Swindon girls, of whom most of us are very fond.
We have sung at many venues including The Roundhouse, Camden, The Colston Hall, Bristol, The Speigletent, Bath, The City of Derry International Choral Festival, Chippenham and Bradford-upon-Avon folk festivals, Bath Abbey, The Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, The Platform, Swindon and Stroud Subscription Rooms. We have also sung several songs live on Radio 3 and on BBC Radio Foyle in Northern Ireland! We are a total, unforgettable experience and guaranteed entertainment.