Chipping Sodbury Music Society
UK Registered Charity no. 1005346
Affiliated to: Making Music
As featured: Concert Diary
Gazette • MySodbury
About Chipping Sodbury Music Society
A brief history of Chipping Sodbury
In 1947 the Downleaze Music Club
was founded by a group of enthusiasts to to encourage the
appreciation of music by the means of gramophone records (78's!),
illustrated talks and lectures. Over the following years the club
developed and prospered so that by the 1960s live concerts were
introduced. Supported by generous local financial assistance and
sponsorship, musicians of considerable talent and acclaim were
engaged and the club gained a reputation for promoting music
concerts of the highest quality and excellence.
In 1990 the Downleaze Music Club changed its name to Chipping Sodbury Music Society,
attracting members and sponsorship from a much wider area and
enhancing the reputation gained from promoting concerts given by
artists of international renown and by engaging young talented
musicians at the beginning of their careers.
In 2008, after over sixty years, the objective of the Society is
no different from that of those enthusiasts who met in 1947 "to
bring together lovers of good music and musicians in a friendly
and convivial atmosphere."
For a list of concerts from the last few seasons, follow the link
The 2012-2013 season
This season, we have 7 concerts:
Visitors are welcome at all concerts; single
cost just £12.00. As with most societies,
membership offers even better value: all 7
concerts for just £55 . Accompanied children
are admitted free.
Members can also join our visits to other musical events, with
transport arranged. Recent years have seen trips to:
- Colston Hall, Bristol.
- Longborough: Festival Opera 'Don Giovanni'.
- Wells Cathedral: Amadeus Orchestra.
- 16/03/2011 St David's Hall, Cardiff: Philharmonia
The Society's Piano
Following an appeal and with generous assistance from the Foundation
for Sport and the Arts, Chipping Sodbury Music Society bought a Steinway grand piano. This made its
Society debut in September 1995, and it now features in about half
our concerts as a solo, accompanying or ensemble instrument.
The piano is available for hire to local societies at
reasonable rates, which include movement and tuning. Please be aware that, whether for
your concert or our own, we have to pay two sets of call-out
fees each time the piano is used. We don't own the Town Hall, so
we can't leave the piano on-stage, so about a ton of delicate
musical instrument has to be retrieved from storage, lifted onto
stage, assembled, tuned and later dismantled and returned to
Now maintained with SeaMonkey
Geoff Whiley (Committee