Coln Church Choir will reach a significant landmark this year – its 10 years’ anniversary.

From small beginnings, it has grown to a 70 strong choir that draws in motivated singers from the surrounding areas.

Over those 10 years, it has thrilled its audiences and raised thousands of pounds for Coln Church and other charities in the community.

Its weekly rehearsals in Quenington Village Hall are very well attended and its popularity means it has a waiting list to join.

Much of its success is due to the musical excellence and leadership of its founder, Kate Hicks Beach.

Trained as a professional mezzo soprano, Kate brings an enthusiasm and joy to her role that ensures the choir’s growth and appeal.

In addition to its summer concert at Hatherop Castle School Theatre and the Christmas concert at Bibury Church, the choir performs in various guises throughout the year.

The choir members’ various connections have enabled the choir to perform at weddings, baptisms, funerals, charity events and as a flash mob.

Last November, the choir worked with actors to create a special World War One evening, called the Eleventh Hour, to a full audience at the Church of St John the Baptist in Cirencester.

Over £10,000 was raised for the Royal British Legion and Cobalt Health.

Each year the choir also takes part in the Fairford Festival of choirs organised by Jean Kilgariff, a member of the choir.

Over the past three years, a number of choir members have also signed up to sing with Mindsong, a unique Gloucestershire based charity.

They sing with residents of care homes in hour long sessions that are regarded by many of the residents as their “favourite activity of the week”.

The choir will be performing a special 10 year anniversary summer concert on May 31 at 7pm at The Performing Arts Centre, Hatherop Castle School, Hatherop.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for under 16’s, available from Coln Community Store or on 01285 713328.