DEAR ANGELA AND COLIN We raised the magnificent sum of £726 and the PCC have asked me to convey to you and all the choir members, our appreciation for an outstanding evening both musically and financially. As a regular church goer it was uplifting to see the church so full. Afterwards I received many congratulatory comments … "Wow – where did they come from?!!" "I really, really enjoyed it Ray" "When can we hear them again?" "The piece with the organ was beautiful" Altogether a very successful evening which hopefully can be repeated this Christmas time.
Jigsaw Sound is a large, mixed voice, adult choir based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. We were formed in Shrewsbury in January 2007 and are now entering our 13th year of music making.
Our membership is drawn from areas as far afield as Church Stretton, Pontesbury, Minsterley, Welshpool, Oswestry, Wem, Market Drayton, Wellington, Telford and Much Wenlock.
We regularly perform at concerts, weddings and fund-raising events throughout the County of Shropshire and over the border into Wales.
As you can see from the picture galleries we have a membership that spans all ages. Jigsaw Sound have many very experienced singers but we have also deliberately sought to draw new members from people who do not have any previous choir experience or the ability to read music. There is no formal audition – just a simple (private) voice test to confirm the ability to sing in tune and to establish vocal range.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the choir you should in the first instance telephone Colin or Angela on 01743 244195. Alternatively, there is a contact facility via the JOIN button on the website home page. We will be happy to tell you all about the choir and answer any questions you may have.
Potential members are invited to attend a weekly rehearsal of Jigsaw, no strings attached, to see for themselves what we offer.
New members initially join a smaller group, we call Missing Pieces, that meets on a Wednesday evening in a smaller venue. This group offers a relaxed learning environment and permits each individual to progress within their own comfort zone. This rehearsal is also attended by established members from Jigsaw, who help teach singing skills as well as the pieces we sing from our concert repertoire. No pressure is ever put on new members to progress quickly or to meet unreasonable deadlines as individuals progress at different rates. It is understood that some people have more time than others to give to learning.
Choir members are loaned a complete set of sheet music for the duration of their membership without charge.
Once new members have reached a good standard, and feel ready to do so they are eligible to move up into Jigsaw which meets on a Tuesday night. There are occasional nights where both choirs meet together for a shared rehearsal.
The primary aim of the Jigsaw Sound Choir, is for members to have fun together through the medium of music. We place great store on raising funds for local charities and we give all our donations from concert performances directly to our supported charity chosen each year (in November) by nominations and voting by members.
Jigsaw, since its formation, has sought to be much more than just an opportunity for people to sing in a choir that meet once a week. Great value is set on members forming friendships and becoming involved with all of our social activities and fund-raising events. We warmly welcome all who come to try us out. Many members, who were new to the Shrewsbury/Shropshire area when they joined, have found friends as well as becoming part of the Jigsaw community. We believe it is very important to support and care for each other.
Membership entitles participation in all choir activities including social events, musical performances, musical tours etc. Partners and friends are warmly welcome to join in with the social side of the choir.
We are a not for profit choir and a modest weekly subscription is payable by members (whether present or not) for the weeks we rehearse. Rehearsal evening for Jigsaw Sound is Tuesday from 7.15 to 9.30pm in Shrewsbury.
Our repertoire contains music from many different genres, light sacred to show tunes and classical to contemporary music. Do have a look at the video files on this website and you will get a good idea of what we look like and hear some of the music that we sing. Do remember that what you see and hear is being created by people of whom the majority do not read music and have never sung in a choir before.
Thank you for visiting!
Colin & Angela
Founders of Jigsaw Sound Choir – Shrewsbury, Shropshire