The Wey Community Gospel Choir (WCGC) is passionate about bringing people together through singing. We love it when our members feel more a part of their community, either through new friendships in weekly rehearsals or performances in Guildford or Farnham.
There are plenty of opportunities to grow as a singer, develop new skills and experience the pure exhilaration of singing as a group. We predominantly sing gospel music, although we do incorporate other styles that share a similar uplifting message.
WCGC Guildford was formed in 2014, which is now a thriving choir. WCGC Waverley - our workplace choir at CWR Publishing - was launched in 2016, followed by WCGC Farnham in 2017. The choirs rehearse weekly, but combine at performances to form a large vocal group, which is made up of people of all vocal abilities, from all backgrounds and religious persuasions (or none). It is our aim to be absolutely inclusive of everybody.
There are no auditions, nor do you have to read music. Our teaching methods work for all ages and abilities. Just come as you are! This is a great place to meet new people, and our regular socials ensure everyone feels a part of the extended choir family.
Our primary aim is simply getting people singing together! However we do perform in a variety of settings, from community events to private functions, churches to prisons, and residential homes to schools. If you would like to join one of our choirs, facilitate a workshop or have WCGC perform at your event please get in touch.
There are many reasons why singing is
good for us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Many
people believe that they can’t sing, well we are here
to prove you wrong!
Singing helps to create identity. Singing together
creates solidarity among groups of people and
helps forge a definable identity as a community.
Singing helps to express emotions as it connects us to the
emotional part of humanity, we sing to express this
aspect of ourselves.
BEKAH DUNCALFE -
Bekah has been singing Whitney Houston tracks since the age of 2 and has always had a passion for Gospel and Soul Music. Bekah studied Viola, Violin and Singing at Trinity College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Bekah is currently involved in a Folk Band (Baby Face Nelson and the Contraband) and enjoys song writing with them and leads worship in a number of settings. Bekah runs several choirs and is a Music Therapist running Meraki Creative Therapies, a Surrey based therapy service. She loves exploring sounds and creating beautiful harmonies. For those of you who know her she spends a lot of her time giggling, drinking cocktails from a teapot and is her happiest when she is with people singing.
BILLY MAVIN -
Billy discovered her singing voice from an early age and throughout her childhood spent many hours playing the piano and song writing. Billy loves Gospel and Soul Music. Billy studied Singing and Performing Arts at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) Guildford. She has sung in various worship bands and small groups and currently leads worship at Church and Send Prison. She has years of experience singing in a large Gospel choir. Billy continues to song write and sing everyday much to her family's distraction!
WENDY COOK - EVENTS
& SOCIAL COORDINATOR
Wendy heads up our administration and events team and is a founder member of the choir. Her day job is a head teacher at a Nursery school in Guildford, but her true calling is her role within the choir as she is extremely organised and sociable! She has a wicked sense of humour and is often told off for messing about in the choir rehearsal. Once you get to know her, ask her about her rubik cube outfit!
HELEN ARCHER -
GRAPHICS & MARKETING
Helen is our graphic designer and resident photographer. She designs and produces our marketing for all our events. Helen has a BA Hons degree in graphic design from Middlesex University London as well as various other qualifications in photography and events.
PETE SHEATH -
Pete lives in Guildford with his wife Joey, and their three children, Lily-Grace, Eliza and Levi. He plays piano for the Guildford, Farnham and Waverley choir. When he’s not playing gospel music, he’s likely to be wrestling with his kids, coming up with new TV show ideas or eating mangoes. It’s a simple, yet satisfying life!
Interesting fact: Pete grew up on the Isle of Man, but don’t hold that against him.
PETER COUNTER, DAN
BRUTON & JAMES FOSTER
These three head up our Gospel Choir band and make our rehearsals sound so good. Peter is our bass player, Dan and James drummers. They are all great musicians in their own right and we are very privileged to have them play with the choir every week!
Participating in the choir has been a wonderful, unexpected, gift since my bereavement.
Welcoming, friendly and accepting of my limited talents.
The Directors enthusiasm infuses us. I had a brilliant time and still feel on a high today.
Great fun and a joyful message.
After only a short time I felt very welcome and valued.