I run three fun, enriching, friendly and welcoming community choirs in Bristol. Come and try us out!
Rosie Sleightholme is a community choir leader based in South Bristol, UK. A member of the Natural Voice Network, she is passionate about bringing people together through song and absolutely loves the magic that is created through singing in harmony. She welcomes every voice to her groups and teaches by ear, so there is no need to read music.
Brought up in a musical family, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Rosie has always sung in choirs (first experiencing a capella singing as a member of jazz choir The Oxford Gargoyles) and performed her own songs at gigs and festivals all over the UK and further afield (“Utterly wonderful stuff”, BBC Radio).
She came to choir leading when she was pregnant – setting up Womb Sisters pregnancy choir, then Folks & Bairns parent and baby choir, and then Rising Sun Singers community choir, all in South Bristol.
In 2022 Rosie was appointed as new leader for longstanding Bristol choir People of Note, taking over from Nickomo and Rasullah.
Her choirs have featured in Classic FM and on BBC TV and radio. Rosie teaches a range of four part harmony songs from all over the world, keeping a varied repertoire to keep things interesting for choir members, and for her! She also arranges and writes her own songs for choir.
Rosie has done leadership training with Susie Ro Prater, Vocal Process training with Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes, and was trained in breathing and vocal support by Ingrid Rugheimer of the British Voice Association.
Folks & Bairns is a parent and baby choir based at St Michael & All Angels church, Windmill Hill, South Bristol. The choir enables grown-ups to sing together in a relaxed and baby-friendly environment. It is run by Natural Voice Leader, musician and singer Rosie Sleightholme. Every voice is welcomed, no singing experience is necessary and all songs are taught by ear.
Summer 2023 term (12 sessions) dates:
What people have said about us:
Mondays, 11.30am - 12.30pm
People of Note is one of Bristol’s longest standing community choirs. Now run by Rosie Sleightholme (who was appointed in 2022) the choir was set up in 2000 by Nickomo Clarke and Nick Petts, and run by Nickomo and Rasullah from 2009-2020.
The choir is building up membership after a few years of not running, and currently stands at a nice number of 60 members, with full SATB sections.
New members are welcome to come for a free taster at any point in the term – email to book. We’d love to welcome you to the choir!
Rosie is a Natural Voice choir leader who is passionate about bringing people together to sing. Every voice is welcome in People of Note. There are no auditions and all songs are taught by ear. We sing songs from all over the world, with some which are slightly more challenging, and others that are simple and easy to pick up. The main aim is for us all to have fun! Have a listen to us singing one of Rosie’s simple, meditative songs here.
To find out more about the choir, take a look at our website.
Summer term dates:
25th April-23rd May
2 week half term break
13th June-11th July
Wed 21st June, 7pm, FREE: Performance in the Bristol Beacon Foyer as part of the Festival of Voice. Also performing are Gurt Lush and the Island Folk Choir. Event details here.
Tuesdays, 7.30 - 9.30pm
The Rising Sun Singers is a daytime community choir based at St Michael & All Angels church in Windmill Hill, South Bristol. It is run by Natural Voice Leader, musician and folk singer Rosie Sleightholme. Rosie teaches by ear and no choir experience is necessary. The choir sings songs of different styles and traditions from all over the world and welcomes new members to come for a taster any time during the term.
Summer 2023 term (12 sessions) dates:
New members welcome at any point during the term
“I’m so happy I joined this lovely community choir. Rosie is a wonderful choir leader and she comes up with a diverse selection of songs that have the most beautiful harmonies. Such a friendly, inclusive bunch of people too.” S Swindells
“I can’t get enough of Rosie’s singing workshops and I highly recommend Rising Sun Singers for experienced singers or novices alike – such an uplifting, supportive natural singing group.” R Andrews