The Mere Singers were originally formed in 2003 to sing Mary Keith’s choral score for Pentabus Theatre’s acclaimed production of “Precious Bane”. Since then we have evolved into an open-access community choir, performing a wide variety of new music at events large and small, around Shropshire and the Welsh Borders
Under the musical direction of Mary Keith, we have sung newly commissioned a capella music for a variety of new theatre shows, all concerned with or inspired by local events; Shrewsbury’s role in the Civil War in “Play the Man”, at Shrewsbury Castle, the fight for Fordhall Farm in “Arthurs Plough”, the unique place in the working and social lives of Shrewsbury’s women in the underwear factory ”Silhouette” at Theatre Severn, and the fight to establish ownership of Mary’s garden pump in “Dwr Caru/Sweet Water” at Walcot Hall.
When not singing for theatre we explore a capella songs from around the world and popular songs in unexpected arrangements, shying away from conventional performance spaces. Give us a market balcony, a shopping mall, a grassy mere side verge or a drafty barn and we are at home!
In 2012 we were joined by an army of other rousing local voices to sing the newly commissioned Festival Anthem for the closing ceremony of the Shropshire Olympian Festival. We were again joined by other singers for the very first Shrewsbury “flash mob” in the Darwin Centre, singing to bemused and delighted shoppers on all three levels, including the escalators!
We rehearse on Monday evenings in the upstairs room of the Old Post Office pub on Milk Street in Shrewsbury, between 7.30 and 9.30(ish).
Termly fees apply.
For more information contact;
Mary Keith on MarySKeith@aol.com or 0787 5637786.