Martock, Ash and surrounding areas
Who are we?
We are an enthusiastic group of around 45 singers, all sharing a love of acapella harmony singing and the strong sense of community that singing in a choir can create.
We meet every Tuesday morning in school term time from 10 - 12 p.m. at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall.
Our choir leader Claire Anstee has a warm and light-hearted teaching style which makes our sessions fun and uplifting. Everything is taught by ear so you don't need to audition or be able to read music to sing with us.
Our aim as a choir is to immerse ourselves in the joy of singing with others and to gain confidence using our natural singing voice. We don't have auditions, and you do not need to be able to read music to sing with us.
New members are always welcome. You can come along for a free taster session any time, just let us know. Singers join us from all over Somerset including Chard, Yeovil, Taunton, Ilminster, Crewkerne, Langport and Martock.
We do have a short waiting list at the moment for those who like to sing soprano but have plenty of room for you if you mostly like to sing tenor, bass or alto. We'd love to meet you!
What members have said about the choir........
I have just started my third term singing with Harmony 303. I have previously sung with a variety of choirs; however, this is my first experience of Acapella.
I find myself inspired by Claire, who is a "breath of fresh air" in her style of teaching. She's full of enthusiasm and has a lovely sense of humour, making it a very pleasurable two hours spent, both learning and singing a wide variety of songs, on a Tuesday morning. I believe we are lucky to have her.
I had previously never sung in a choir but having been invited to attend an end-of-term performance by Harmony303 in December 2022, I was inspired to join them in January 2023.
Claire is an amazing teacher. Her passion, enthusiasm, humour and dedication to teaching is infectious. We have fun whilst learning and I have discovered a new joy for singing!
I love the varied repertoire of songs we are taught, from Ballads to Sea Shanties, Modern Classics to Pop, African and many more. It is wonderful to sing together with such a lovely, friendly and supportive group of people with a shared love for singing. We are a choir and a community and I leave each session feeling happy and uplifted.
I joined the Harmony 303 choir as a non-music reading beginner. I have found it a great way to meet members of the community, I was delighted to discover how friendly the choir members are.
We learn a wide range of songs, in three and four-part harmony. Claire guides us through each song line by line, and it is remarkable how lovely it all sounds when a song comes together.
I thoroughly enjoyed the South West Choir Convention we attended in Bristol in April and Claire’s singing holiday in Italy in September, with singers from her three choirs.
The choir has fast become my favourite activity of the week, I only wish I had joined earlier.
Once you have decided to join us you will be given a password to access recordings of the harmony parts of the main songs we are learning. The songs are available from the Members' Area on this website to help you practice. You can listen to them live on this site or download them onto your phone or computer.
Performing - We do like to perform occasionally and often for charity. We have also enjoyed joining forces with singers from Claire's two other choirs at The South West Choir Convention in Bristol - here we get to learn and sing new songs with around 600 people in St Georges Hall. We then go somewhere yummy to have dinner and then back at 6 to perform two songs to a very receptive audience and hear songs from all the other choirs present. It's a great day out!
We usually perform at "Come for Coffee in Martock" at least once a year and raise money for our favourite charity Water Aid. We also end each term with a performance for friends and family in our village hall and enjoy a bring-and-share lunch.
There is always, however, no pressure to perform.
In addition to the new songs learned we have a repertoire of many favourite songs and the choir usually sings a few of these during the last part of the weekly session.
If you would like more information please see below for contact details
Term Dates 2023 /24
Autumn Term: 12th September to 12th December.
Half term: 24th October
Spring Term: 9th January to 26th March.
Half term: 13th February
Summer Term: 16th April to 9th July.
Half term: 28th May.
Claire is a vocal musician with 18 years of experience directing community choirs and leading singing workshops with adults and young people in the South West.
She loves nothing better than helping people of all ages come together to experience the total joy of harmony singing. "It is just the best soulfood!"
Our lovely choir committee are a warm, friendly and welcoming bunch who volunteer their services to help keep the choir running smoothly.
If you would like to join the committee, have feedback or any ideas you would like to share regarding the choir please contact Pella our wonderful chairperson. If you have any questions about membership please contact our membership secretary Fiona Jeram-Croft.
Left to right, back row
Tricia, Jane, Margaret, Vivien, Ali, Angela and Christine
Front row, Fiona, Ian and Pella
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