About the Barley Rye Choir:
Barley Rye Choir was formed in 2000 as a millennium project of Nailsea Folk Club. The idea was to offer supporters of the club an opportunity to express themselves. In the intervening years, the choir has developed into a supportive group that also makes regular performances.
Barley Rye is a community choir - we do not audition, and there is no requirement to be able to read music. We learn songs mostly by ear - both together in practice sessions, or at home, from sound files that we distribute to the group.
The songs we sing:
Most of Barley Rye's songs are folk songs, although we sing some modern songs from a variety of countries, and we have been known to try out pop songs.
During the October-December period we concentrate on winter songs, which include folk carols, traditional carols, and wassail songs. We perform these in public and private venues in an intensive period during December and January.
In the January-July period we have been concentrating on local folk songs, songs with a summer theme, and 'songs that we sang as children'.
We have always taken part in charitable events, but at the beginning of 2010 we decided to choose a charity that we would partner for a year. We started with BRACE, a Bristol-based charity funding research into dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. By the end of the year we had been able to donate a total of £967, as well as raising awareness by talking about BRACE to audiences at our performances, and distributing literature.
For 2015, our chosen charity is the Bridge Foundation, a counselling organisation for young people and families, based in Bristol. Click this link for more details: http://www.bridgefoundation.org.uk/
In 2014 we are supporting Wellspring Counselling, a christian-based organisation offering confidential professional support to North Somerset residents.
In 2013, we supported Weston Hospice, in Weston Super Mare. For further information about the charity, click this link: http://www.westonhospicecaregroup.org.uk/
In 2012, we supported St Peter's Hospice, which is based in Brentry, Bristol. For further information about the charity, click this link: http://www.stpetershospice.org.uk
In 2011, we supported the West of England Multiple Sclerosis Centre, which is based in Nailsea. For further information about the charity, click this link: http://www.mstherapybristol.org.uk
In 2010, we supported BRACE, a local charity supporting funding for dementia. For further information about the charity, click this link: http://www.alzheimers-brace.org/