Who we are

Who we are

NEWSFLASH! Gasworks Concert at St Georges on Sunday 18th May 2014. Go to Concert Dates tab for more info.

NEWFLASH! Gasworks Fire! Pop Up Choir! open to all starts Monday 2nd June 2014. Go to News and Events tab for more info.

NEWSFLASH! Whistun Voice Camp May 23rd - 26th 2014. Go to News and Events tab for more info.

The Gasworks Choir is a community choir of over 150 people in Bristol, UK. We formed in 1997 and have been going strong ever since.

The Gasworks Choir is directed by Ali Orbaum and Julia Turner. There are no auditions and we welcome beginners and experienced singers alike.

The Gasworks Choir perform a diverse repertoire of songs, mostly arranged by Ali. Dee and Julia. Their material ranges from pop, soul and gospel to folk and funk, with ethnic songs from around the world as well as the occasional classical piece. If you are interested in their arrangements for your choir, please contact them.

The workshops for the Gasworks Choir meet fortnightly in groups of approximately 40 during Autumn and Spring terms on Monday or Tuesday evenings, or Tuesday afternoons. There are 6 workshops each term for these small groups and the sessions are held at the wonderful Gasworks Studio in St Werburghs, Bristol.

There are also 2 or 3 rehearsals all together every term in a larger hall before the end of term concert in St Georges (a wonderful old church with fabulous acoustics that is situated off Park St in Great George St, and converted to a world class music venue holding 550 people).

Every term we also offer a couple of advanced songs for those who want more of a challenge and the opportunity to perform as a smaller group.

Ali and Dee Jarlett formed and co-directed the choir together until December 2013 when Dee retired from the main choir. Dee still arranges songs for the choir and she leads the Gasworks Singers and Classical Gas. Ali and Dee both used to direct and sing with Naked Voices, a professional band who tour arts centres and festivals. Previously they were also members of Sweet Soul Sisters and the Tea Ladies. They run harmony singing workshops all over the UK and are part of The Natural Voice Practitioners Network. They also run workshop and singing holidays known as Sing Your Socks Off with their colleagues Chris Samuel, Fran Bolton and Elaine Wilson. Click here to check out the website and see what is offered.

Gasworks Singers:

This is a smaller version of the Gasworks Choir, made up mostly of members who have been in the choir for a few years. They perform regularly at a varied range of community events in the Bristol area. See Gasworks Singers page for more information. Mail us if you have an event at which you'd like us to perform.


The Gasleaks offer workshops for those waiting to join the main choir, or those who want to sing sometimes but without the regular commitment to a choir. They are led by four experienced members of the Gasworks Choir. To find out more and when the latest sessions are happening contact Rod: rod.terry@bristol.ac.uk

Contact Us:

You can contact Ali and Julia, or Pip Morgan our administrator, by emailing info@gasworkschoir.co.uk

You can contact Dee by emailing her directly: dee@deejarlett.co.uk




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