Welcome! Andover Museum Loft Singers are a community choir from Andover, UK.

We sing unaccompanied harmony arrangements of folk music, local music from Hampshire and from the rest of the UK and other countries and continents.

Want to join this choir?  Contact us

Living By The Sea - Sidmouth and Whitby Folk Festivals August 2019

AMLS choir members were invited by their Musical Director Paul Sartin to join him and his band Faustus at two of the summer's most prestigious Folk Festivals. Combining with a choir from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and singing friends from Sidmouth and Whitby respectively, we were the chorus in a show of words, music and stories, entitled Living By The Sea. The show was written by storyteller Matthew Crampton, and Musical Direction was by Paul Sartin. Both Sidmouth and Whitby performances were enthusiastically received by festival goers.       Photographs: Barry Carter

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Andover Shilling Fair - 11th August 2019

Each year in August, Andover High Street comes to life at Andover Shilling Fair celebrating the town’s Georgian heritage. The Georgian streets light up with a variety street performers, stalls, rides, horse drawn carriages and period costume, This year was no exception and Andover Museum Loft Singers entered into the festivities entertaining the crowds singing a varied set of songs under the direction of Paul Sartin.

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Sarah Morgan Memorial Concert - 30th June 2019

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We had a wonderful afternoon at the Sarah Morgan Memorial Concert in The Guildhall, Winchester.  Along with Alton Community Choir, Petersfield Community Choir, Spotlight Singers, Take Note and Winchester Community Choir, choirs which had been associated with Sarah, we praised her memory in song and helped to promote the Sarah Morgan Foundation.

Andover Rocks 2019 - 6th April 2019

Andover Museum Loft Singers performing in Andover Methodist Church on 6th April 2019 in support of the Andover Rocks project. Andover Rocks is a fundraising music event for music intervention in adult mental health, raising money for the Community Mental Health Team.  (Click image to enlarge)

RedFest 2019 - 6th April 2019

Andover Museum Loft Singers took part in RedFest 2019 in the Parish Hall, Whitchurch on the 6th April 2019.  This event was raising awareness & funds in support of preventing closure of The Red Post as a public house and it eventually becoming a community pub.   (Click image to enlarge)

This Andover Museum Loft Singers promotional video presents the choir performing under the direction of Paul Sartin.

The song excerpts are from:

If I Was A Blackbird - Trad. arr: Paul Sartin

Love Is All Around - Reg Presley arr: Paul Sartin

Miners Lifeguard - Trad. arr: Paul Sartin.

The Bedmaking - Trad. arr: Paul Sartin

Please visit our Sounds page to hear the complete recordings of all these songs.

B-Naturals Workshop – 9th February 2019

54 singers attended a collaborative workshop between the AMLS and the B-Naturals in Whitchurch on Saturday 9th February where a full day of effort saw the teaching and then recording of four songs. All arranged by the B-Naturals they included ‘Oh You Pretty Things – David Bowie; I Am The Walrus – John Lennon; Surfer Girl – Brian Wilson and The American Stranger (a new song for the B-Naturals).

Those that attended this very successful, enjoyable day ranged from far and wide – Alton to Frome and Oxfordshire were finally regaled to a very irreverent version of the Elvis Presley hit Blue Bijou – the tale of an aerial toupee – I Blew By You - which caused much merriment.

Sincere thanks to those that attended and the B-Naturals themselves for making the day so much fun.

Mic Laird – Andover Museum Loft Singers

Stroud Wassail - 12th January 2019

By invitation of the organisers, Andover Museum Loft Singers was the first choir ever to perform at the annual Stroud Wassail on Saturday, 12th January 2019.  We performed a selection of songs from our repertoire in two very different locations - St Laurence Church and outside the Subscription Rooms. Here we are pictured performing in St Laurence Church, accompanied by Paul Sartin and Gill Corbett.

The choir perfomances were well received and a great day was had by all.  For a video please click the link below.  (Click image to enlarge)

Video - The Sheep Under The Snow

Carol Singing Raises £322.76 For Charity

Andover Museum Loft Singers sang Carols and Christmas songs in several Andover hostelries on the evening of 20th December 2018 and collected £221.04. We would like to thank the customers of The White Hart Hotel, The Redbridge and The John Russell Fox for their generosity.  Particular thanks goes to The Lardicake for generously hosting our after sing party and for their contributions.

The Annual Solstice Walk followed by singing at The White Hart, Stoke on 23rd December raised a further £101.72

We are pleased to be able to hand over the magnificent sum of £322.76 to the Andover Crisis and Support Centre.

Choir Membership - Waiting List Is OPEN

The Andover Museum Loft Singers membership is capped at 36 members owing to limitations imposed by our practice venue, the loft room of Andover Museum.  If you wish to be placed on the Waiting List please Contact Us