Caring Chorus

About us

Two of the county’s most established and enduring organisations joined forces in April 2013 to establish the successful ‘Caring Chorus’ choir.

The joint venture between Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucester Cathedral saw the formation of a new community choir primarily made up of staff from Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals and the Cathedral.



Latest News: Raising money for those affected by the floods 13.02.16

Our Caring Chorus choir is raising money for people who have been recently affected by the floods.

The choir will perform at the Cathedral on 13th February at 1pm in support of the Lady Bathurst Appeal.

The Caring Chorus’s Lucy Mathieson explained: “Firefighters from places including Cumbria helped us in the floods in 2007 and that’s why I feel that the Caring Chorus ethos of community spirit; helping others as others have helped us at a significant time of need is absolutely essential!”

The concert is free and all donations will go to the appeal. If you are unable to make the concert, but would like to donate, go to:

 Join our choir

 If you or your family are part of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust or Gloucester Cathedral Community and would like to join the Caring Chorus too, now is the time! Come along to the Chapter House for 7.30 – 9.00pm on a term-time Tuesday evening. As we are a community choir we don't audition or ask you to read music. email: to find out more.


Mary Croke was inspired by the Gareth Malone series and when she saw the invitation  sent out to staff at the hospital to join the choir she jumped at the chance.

“I enjoy the fun, the laughter and the singing, I personally like gospel music but we sing all kinds. Performing in the Cathedral was certainly challenging but our choir director Fran, who is a total joy, filled us with confidence and I relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We rehearse every Tuesday night for an hour and a half and it is such fun. It is full of people who are there to enjoy themselves and you don’t have to audition to join. You don’t need to read music, just enjoy singing, laughing and having a good time."


Maria Carey-Howells said: “I joined the choir because I love making music. I had a very pro-active year 2 teacher who instilled a love of singing into us. I used to sing in the school choir – a very long time ago! I’ve been a member from the very first session. It lifts me up even on days I did not know I was down. I think we are a fabulous choir and we should be heard! It is fun, it feeds my soul, that we are an amazing group of people.

“I suppose for me, I would say, because I love it, the commitment is easy. Don’t get me wrong, there are some days I come straight from a 12 hour shift and I wonder why I am going to choir instead of home – but once I get there I forget what has gone before and I SING!!”



Watch our performance at Gloucester Cathedral 3rd December 2016

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Watch our performance at Gloucester Cathedral on 5th December 2015


Watch our performance at Gloucester Cathedral from Saturday, May 17 2014


Thanks to everyone who came along to this fantastic event, and of course to our choir! Visit our Facebook or Pinterest pages to see more photos from the night.

See the first performance of Caring Chorus at the 2013 Celebrating Success Staff Awards!

Caring Chorus


Listen to the Caring Chorus sing Tina Simunye, which is Zulu for We Are Together, at the Trust's Celebrating Success Staff Awards


Listen to a rehearsal

We invited the local radio station and newspaper along to our first rehearsal! Why not take a listen?

 Watch our rehearsal


Additional information

Take a look at a great article about our Caring Chorus written by one of our members.

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For members

Choir members click here for information