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Woolpack Studios Choir 2019

16 Jan

As of September 2018 we have changed our name to Woolpack Studios Choir – for more information and for audio clips of our songs – please visit Woolpack Studios WEBSITE

woolpack studios choir poster 2019
Are you looking for a fun and informal choir that sing songs from 1950s to the present day? Have you ever wanted to gain confidence with your singing and learn how to sing in harmony? Then The Woolpack Studios Choir is for you!
No experience needed – just a love of good music and enthusiasm! We sing interesting and soulful versions of popular songs from the world of rock, pop and soul.
Artists whose songs we have covered in the past include: Nina Simone; Ultravox; Carole King; Lenny Kravitz; Erasure; The Beatles; Foo Fighters; Beach Boys; Erma Franklin; Primal Scream; Elbow; Stray Cats; Michael Jackson; Yazoo; Joe Cocker; Joni Mitchell and many more!
The choir is led by us, Richard and Jen, and we write the arrangements ourselves… have a listen below! Between us we have many years of experience in leading community music workshops, writing, arranging and performing music. We believe that music is for everyone to enjoy and that singing is excellent for the soul.
Contact or call 07956 205151 for more info – or just turn up!

SEPTEMBER 2018 – a new start!

17 Aug

Otley A Cappella Choir is changing to Woolpack Studios Choir from September 2018 – we’re very excited for a new term of wonderful singing together!


We’ll be learning a cappella songs and songs that will accompanied by Otley Community  Rock Orchestra for our performance on Friday December 14th 2018. There’ll be rock, soul and a whole lot of harmony!

Woolpack Studios Choir is a friendly community choir for people who love music and love to sing – all singers are welcome to come along. You can come when you can or come every week and enjoy practising songs for our performance. Performing at the concert is not compulsory!

Please note that this website will not exist after October 2018 – you will be able to access all the info about Woolpack Studios Choir at


THURSDAYS 7:30pm-9:00pm at Woolpack Studios

£6.50 per week pay as you go


£72 for payment upfront (£6 per week)

September: 13th, 20th, 27th 

October: 4th, 11th, 18th

November: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

December: 6th, 13th (both December dates will be rehearsals with Otley Community Rock Orchestra – venue TBC)




11 Apr

A huge thank you to everyone who came to choir last term and really gave it their all at the end of term concert at Otley Social Club – we had such a great time and the new songs especially sounded fantastic!

So now we’re looking forward to starting a new term of singing together – some new songs and a revisit to some old faves too!


Thursdays 7:30pm-9pm at The Woolpack Studios (£6 per session)

APRIL 19th, 26th

MAY 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

JUNE 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

JULY 5th, 12th


We’ll be starting with two new ones this term so have a listen to the original versions below and our arrangements on the HAVE A LISTEN page!

Fields Of Joy – Lenny Kravitz

A beautiful song with some heavy 60s influences… and wonderful harmonies!


Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats

An 80s classic with a beat you can’t help but move to!

January – March 2018

10 Jan

We are very much looking forward to a new term of singing together! We had a wonderful performance at The Otley Christmas Tree Festival in December at Otley Parish Church. A big thank youth everyone who came to sing and those who came to support us! Our end of term performance this season will be SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2018 (evening) at Otley Social Club. We hope you can make it.


We will be meeting on the following Thursdays 7:30pm-9pm at The Woolpack Studios

January 11th, 18th, 25th

February 1st, 8th, 22nd (please note there is no session 15th Feb due to school holidays)

March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd


We look forward to singing with you again very soon 🙂

Autumn/Winter 2017

21 Sep

We have had a wonderful start to the new term and now we are getting excited about our 5th Birthday Celebrations! We will be having a party at Korks on Thursday 19th October from 8pm and you’re all invited!

The choir will be performing their top 5 tunes from the past 5 years (as voted for by them!) and we’d love you to come and listen, have a drink and hang out with us. Singers past, present and future are all warmly invited to come along. The event will be ‘pay as you feel’ , with any proceeds made going towards the keeping the Woolpack Studios and the work we do here going.

In our Thursday sessions, we have been working on Man_In_The_Mirror UPDATE

Please note there will be no session on 26th October (Leeds half term week)

Hope to see you all soon 🙂


Summer 2017

6 Aug

We’re taking a little break for August… we are looking forward to singing with you again Thursday 7th September at The Woolpack Studios from 7:30pm. Please note that the price of each session from September will be £6.

Have a lovely summer and see you in September, when we will be planning our FIFTH BIRTHDAY celebrations! 🙂

The Great Get Together

28 May

Join us for live music and a street party at The Woolpack Studios as part of the national celebration of Jo Cox MP – The Great Get Together.

“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us” Jo Cox 👏

There’ll be delicious food from All Good Things Community Food Project as part of THE BIG LUNCH and refreshments from North Bar Social 🥗🍻

There’ll be live performances on our outdoor stage from local musicians and community groups including 🎶

*Woolpack young musicians
*Rum Doodle
*Phil Snell
*The Names
*Matthew Sturgess from The Silver Reserve
*Curries and Carey
*The Broomies
*Otley A Cappella Choir
*Beccy Owen’s Pop-Up Choirs – want to join in? email us for more details….
*Woolpack Music Social Club

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Our Next Performance

1 Apr

woolpack showcase april 2017

We’ve been busy practising our songs for our next performance 21st April! This is going to be a fun evening celebrating the music from The Woolpack Studios and there will be a licensed bar and delicious food from Nikki at All Good Things.

To reserve tickets for your loved ones or for more info – please CLICK HERE!

See you on 13th April for our next session


New Songs for January 2017

19 Jan

We have been working on two great songs so far this term… one is brand new to Otley A Cappella; our version of Joe Cocker’s version of The Beatles ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’! I love how powerful and heavy it is – and there are some lovely harmonies from the many singers on the stage.

Hear his version from the Mad Dogs and Englishmen 1970 tour, which features songwriter and musician Leon Russell who sadly died in 2016.

Here’s our version

For the separate parts please see the HAVE A LISTEN page. The sheet music can be found on the SONGS WE DO page.

We have also re-introduced our arrangement of Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’- which has been a favourite since we did it all those years ago!

New singers are always welcome! We will continue to meet weekly (with a break for the school holidays in February and April) so we hope to see you very soon. 🙂


2 Jan

I hope you have all had a lovely festive season – we will be back singing together from 7:30pm on THURSDAY 12th JANUARY at The Woolpack Studios…

Expect new songs and good times!

Until then – here we are at The Christmas Tree Festival December 2016… we had a lovely time at this festive event and enjoyed singing the songs we’ve practised since September. Well done everyone!

Photo: Andy Hoyle (Otley Camera Club)