The Cottingham Singers, here pictured at our regular venue ‘The Bricknell Avenue Methodist Church’ -July 2013.
In September 1973 the Cottingham Evening Institute on Harland Way ran an evening class promoting the benefits of mixed choral singing. The class was a huge success and performed its “End of Term Concert” in March 1974, with more than 40 Choristers taking to the stage under the watchful gaze of inaugural Conductor Mr. Geoffrey Floater
A Choir was born.
On completion of the course the members had enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to continue to meet regularly, and they chose the Bricknell Avenue Methodist Church on the outskirts of the village as the venue for rehearsals. The church has been home to the choir ever since, and hosts at least 2 concerts a year.
Geoff Floater conducted the choir until 1986, and again between 1988 and 1991. Other Conductors/Musical Directors include Judith Hartley (1986-88), Diane Ford (1991-96), Brian Rhodes (1996-99), Margaret Wright (1999-2007), Stan Kell (2007-09). The current Musical Director is the professional musician, Paul Anderson.
Another crucial member of the team is the Accompanist, and between 1973 and 2003 the role was fulfilled by Donald Simpson. In 2003, Marlene Pinchbeck took over the mantle and has been providing first class, high quality support ever since.
Although officially 25 in 1998, the choir celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1999 with a special Jubilee Concert in Hull’s Guildhall.The Conductor at the time was Margaret Wright. The concert was very well attended and the proceeds were donated to a number of local charities.
As the reputation of The Cottingham Singers grows, so does the demand for performances. The choir continues to support charitable organisations by performing concerts on their behalf, and through donations. The philosophy of practising and promoting the benefits of choral music continues within the current membership, and The Cottingham Singers is a member of The National Association of Choirs.
On Saturday 12th October 2013 A Gala Concert was held at Cottingham Civic Hall to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our choir. We had a most enjoyable and successful evening, the packed hall enthusiastically applauded our programme and appreciated the ability of our guests, The Hull Ladies Choir. The concert was attended by The Lord Mayor of Hull, The Chairman of East Yorkshire Council, and a Cottingham Parish Councillor. Last but by no means least, a special welcome was given to Mr Geoffrey Floater, the founder and first conductor of our choir. He gave a short speech including a couple of anecdotes which went down very well. All told a wonderful evening.