Meet the GWH choir

Posted: April 24, 2014

Meet the GWH Choir

There are a lot of things our staff at Great Western Hospital are good at, but you might not realise that many of them are also very good at singing!

At the start of this year a number of staff with a love of singing got together and formed the new GWH Choir.


The group meet weekly every Thursday evening at the hospital singing a mixture of contemporary songs and old favourites.

The choir plan to put on performances in the hospital and throughout the local community, whilst fundraising for the Trust at the same time.

The GWH Choir is led by Jules Addison, Choirmaster and Music Producer from Wiltshire who has set up and directed a number of choirs over the last 20 years.

Upcoming concert in aid of Brighter Futures

The Trust's charity Brighter Futures has recently launched an appeal to raise £75,000 towards funding pioneering new treatment for breast cancer patients called intra-operative radiotherapy.

At the end of June the GWH Choir will be holding a concert, with three other choirs from around Wiltshire at St Andrew's Church in Chippenham. Money raised from ticket sales to the concert will go towards the breast cancer appeal.

Watch this space for more information soon and how to get tickets!

Meet some of the choir members

Kwesi Akesse-Mensah, IT Project Co-Ordinator

choir people"I joined the choir because I love singing. What I enjoy most is meeting with colleagues from various departments, not for work-related meetings but to sing together for a worthy course. We are a very powerful choir.

"I have sung in many choirs; presently I also sing in my church choir as well. I always tell my other colleagues, 'once you can talk you can sing'."


Rosemary Barfield, Senior Sister, Mercury Ward

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"One of the best things about the choir is the fun we have, and the sense of achievement. We also hope to be able to raise money for Brighter Futures.

"We're currently working on songs such as Monday, Monday, You'll Never Walk Alone, I'm Gonna Sing and The Windmills of Your Mind."


Teresa Harding, General Manager for Women's and Children's Directorate

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"I was in a choir at school a long time ago and really enjoyed it so I've always wanted the opportunity to pick it back up again.  I enjoy the camaraderie of the group the most and the encouragement from Jules that we are okay!

"Our rehearsals mainly involve singing through a number of songs and aiming to get them sounding good!"



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