About us

The String of Beads is a 3 part SSA harmony Choir of around 30 singers formed over 20 years ago by members of the Choir of  the Venerable Bede Church in Stanningley. The original remit was to perform a concert in order to raise funds to provide a new organ for the Church. Sufficient funds were quickly raised for the Organ however, it was decided the Choir was having so much fun they would continue with the popular and contemporary style of  music performed by the String of Beads to raise more money to benefit local community charities.  
 
The original Choir was a mixed voice 4 part SATB ensemble however, due to dwindling numbers in the tenor and bass sections we reluctantly took a decision to reform the choir into a Ladies SSA choir as it is today.  The membership still includes one or two original members from the Choirs founding group.

Our current Director of Music David Wood, joined us in March 2010. David had been a member of the original Choir in the tenor section (when he assures us, a very young man!) before developing his career in various bands, composition and musical theatre. David has an excellent reputation within the music world and we were delighted to bring him back to the Choir in his new role.  Since that time the Choir has grown in size and confidence.  One thing that remains true is that we still have a lot of fun both in rehearsals and performances.
 
We normally perform four of five public concerts each year in addition to private events. The Choir actively supports many charities including Teenage Cancer Trust, Breast Cancer Research and Alzheimer's Trust.​