The Paul Sartori Community Choir delivered another successful performance recently at St Marys Church, Haverfordwest. They delivered a mixed repertoire of music at the event, including The Rhythm of Life, Cwlwm Cariad, Fly me to the Moon and many others. The Choir, led by Musical Director, Mark Heron, have performed at a variety of venues this year, including Follies Theatre (Folly Farm), The Pill Social Centre in Milford Haven, and The Old Point House in Angle.

This concert was part of the Church’s Summer Festival of events during July, and an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for both the Church, and the local charity. The event raised £698.76 for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, and included solo appearances by Lisa Kelly and Paul Childs. A stunning solo of Don’t Cry for me Argentina was also delivered by Vicky Brown. Alyson Griffiths and Mark Heron performed a flute duet.

Sandra Dade, Charity Manager of Paul Sartori, commented “The Choir is growing from strength to strength – you can see the passion and connection the members have. I enjoyed every single minute of the performance on Saturday.”

The inclusive community choir, connected to the local charity Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, has built a reputation for helping the charity to raise its profile and much-needed funds. It is made up of over 60 local people, including volunteers and staff from Paul Sartori. It was established in April 2022 to help improve wellbeing after the COVID-19 pandemic. The choir has provided much more to many people since then, and has helped to build strong friendships and provides a fun, relaxed and friendly group to sing.

(Photograph courtesy of RAW Photography, Haverfordwest)

“I am extremely proud of how far the Paul Sartori Community Choir have come! They gave a great performance at the church to a wonderful audience. All members work hard and we could see that on Saturday,” said Mark Heron.

“The choir has grown beyond our expectations and is the essence of a community choir – inclusive and supportive – a lovely group of people united through a love of music!” said Judith Williams, one of the coordinators of the Choir.

Paul Sartori Community Choir performing at St Marys Church

The choir sing a range of musical styles and rehearsals are held during term time only. Anyone interested in joining, is welcome to come along, or more information is available by emailing or phoning 01437 763223. The choir is now on break for the summer holidays and rehearsals resume on Thursday 7th September, 6-8pm at Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College.

Coming next for the choir is a joint concert with Neyland Ladies in September – more details to follow!

The Paul Sartori Community Choir, is a relatively young choir, set up in April 2022, following a successful grant award from the Community Changemakers Fund delivered by South West Wales Connected (SWWCo); Great Western Railway (GWR); Transport for Wales (TFW) and 4theRegion. More recently they benefitted from a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. The group have also been supported by local companies including Sigma Display who sponsored their a-frame promotional board.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provide a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness and the Paul Sartori Community Choir extends the support to the wider community. For further information on the charity and its services visit their website or phone 01437 763223.

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