ABOUT THE FLINT LADIES’ CHOIR
The Flint Ladies’ Choir were established in 2013 having our first ever rehearsal on February 14th of that year. We quickly grew to a staggering membership of around 80 choristers and have now settled at approximately 60 or so with many of the original ladies who came to the first rehearsal. Our first public performance was on July 4th of that year performing as part of the successful Flint Festival, an engagement that we have been honoured to be invited back to year after year.
We support local charities, and hold our own Christmas concert – 9 lessons and carols – at the Flint Catholic Church. This is well supported and our favourite concert of the year.
We are directed by Gareth Furnival Hughes who has helped the choir develop to a high standard very quickly over the two years or so he has been with us, he has a unique way of teaching us that can be both intense and extreme fun and encouraging. We sing in four-part – Soprano One, Soprano Two, Mezzo (First Alto) and Alto sections.
We love singing with other choirs and travelling, when we can. So far, we’ve been to Dublin and Gwent, and we’ve made some great friends!
We’ve been recorded for BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship, and look out for us on TV’s Songs of Praise – we sang with other choirs at St. Asaph Cathedral – both experiences were very memorable.
Our most spine-tingling moment, so far, was singing in Westminster Hall as guests of David Hanson, MP and president of our choir. David gave us a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and we met many Welsh MPs. We’re looking forward to visiting the Senedd later this year to sing at our AM, Hannah Blythin’s invitation, which will be something special!
We were shortlisted in the final five of the 2017 Great British Proms competition. Although we won’t be singing at Bolesworth Castle this year, this was an amazing achievement and it’s definitely on our bucket list!
We have performed in both private engagements and our own organised concerts and have hosted the well established Dublin Male Voice Choir too which saw the venue packed to the rafters. We have lots of exciting things planned for our future including a return trip to the North Wales Choral Festival competition in November and a concert in Dublin in June of next year!
Come and join us!