A Brief History of Bristol Ladies Choir

Bristol Ladies Choir was founded in the late 1920s by Abigail Dodds M.B.E, a local singing teacher and former member of the Carla Rosa Opera Company. The choir was composed initially of her singing pupils. Its scope quickly widened, with numbers increasing and it gave many concerts all over the city of Bristol.

In the 1950s the choir became associated with the annual Evening Post Carol Concert at the Colston Hall, in aid of the Lord Mayor's Christmas Appeal for local underprivileged children. This association happened purely by accident, following an invitation from the Colston Hall management to relocate their annual singing event from the traditional location of an open top bus to inside the Colston Hall, due to heavy rain. Following this initial event they have been singing at the Colston Hall most years since.

Throughout its almost 90 year history Bristol Ladies Choir has had only two resident conductors. Following the death of founder Abigail Dodds at the age of 96, Hazel Wickham who had previously been the choir's accompanist, took over and has continued in the role to the present.




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