Mike retires after 15 years with the Filtones choir

February 02 2015

MEMBERS of the Filtones Choir bid their conductor, Mike Watson, farewell over Christmas, following his decision to retire after 15 years.

MEMBERS of the Filtones Choir bid their conductor, Mike Watson, farewell over Christmas, following his decision to retire after 15 years.

Mike was presented with a Bristol Blue Glass plate for his loyal service - five years were spent as accompanist and the last 10 as music director.

At a final gathering before Christmas, Mike made his last presentations of two cheques - each £450 - to charities which the Filtones had been supporting in 2014, Claremont School's Starfish Pool Appeal and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

During Mike’s ten years as music director, he played an instrumental role in raising £20,000 for various charities.

Its members, who rehearse at Eden Grove Methodist Church in Horfield, hope to continue his good work with even more fundraising.

The choir is also seeking a new music director to replace Mike, as well as continuing to welcome in new members.

Auditioning is not required, and the ability to read music is not essential as learning CDs are available.

The group rehearses every Wednesday afternoon, 1.45-3.45pm. For more information, contact chairman Niall O’Doherty on 0117 9232590, or secretary Jean Day on 0117 3294704.