Workshop with Jon Conway & Nick Petts – CANCELLED

it is with great regret that we have had to cancel the day workshop with Jon & Nick that was scheduled for 13th November. The reason is that Nick was taken ill with Covid 19 earlier this month, and was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath, where he remains at the present time. In these circumstances it is not possible to go ahead with the workshop.

We understand that Nick’s condition has been improving in recent days, and we very much hope and pray to hear soon that he is on a firm path to recovery.

We have issued a full refund to all those who’ve booked.

We will consider in due course the options for working with Jon and Nick at an appropriate time in 2022, and will let you know of any plans.

In the meantime, we are aware of the concern and disappointment that this cancellation will cause you all. We will be passing our collective ‘get well’ messages to Nick. Jon Conway is posting updates on his facebook page which anyone can read and leave messages on, here.

Please note that our other workshops are not affected and going ahead as planned. See our Events page for info on the next workshops with Suus Gooch and Rosie Sleightholme, and for the two Christmas themed evenings with Chris Samuel.

Do take care and keep safe!

People of Note Working Party

A new and confident workshop leader!

Suus’ first session at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton

Wednesday 20th October was the night for our first session with Suus (Susannah) Gooch, and the first session we have held in the lovely All Saints Church in Clifton. There were 28 of us there with good numbers in each part, (at least five people sent apologies for Covid reasons).

We were treated to two very different songs by Suus, the first was Alayki minni salem, a traditional song in Arabic which Suus had learned in Jordan, followed by This is my Song, from Finlandia, by Sibelius. The contrast could not be more different! Although both were challenging for us, it was an enjoyable and fun experience. We really appreciated Suus’s musicality, flexibility and perseverance!

We’re singing again with Suus on Wednesday 10th November, 7.30 to 9.30pm, at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road. There’s still plenty of places left, and you can book at (Some people found the venue a little chilly. So wrap up warm!)

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Two workshops in the ‘stunning acoustics’ of All Saints Clifton

We have two events with Suus Gooch to be hosted at All Saints Church on October 20th and November 10th. This is a magnificent building with stained glass windows by the artist John Piper and ‘An interior with a stunning quality of acoustic unparalleled in Bristol’. Do try to join us for one or both.

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You can book your place by clicking through to the JC Events site.
Tip: Go all the way to the bottom for the Tickets section.

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Wendy Sergeant workshop on Tues 12th Oct

People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing. Along with friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

We’re welcoming back experienced and popular choir leader Wendy Sergeant – an old friend to the choir and a delight in store for those new to her.  Wendy is also offering a session on 14th Sept.

Wendy’s style of teaching is uplifting and inspiring.  She teaches songs by ear and the harmonies build like magic.  Whether you are a confident singer or have only ever sung in the privacy of your own bathroom she will help you use your voice effectively and you’ll find yourself singing four part harmony without really trying.

Wendy directs the 250 strong “Gordano Gorgeous Chorus” with singers from Portishead, Clevedon and Pill, and runs, with Catherine Smith, Vibe pop/rock choir. She directs and sings with 16 piece a cappella group “The Chandeliers”. She is currently doing the two year “Professional Masters in Innovative Choir Leading” at RAMA – the Danish Royal College of Music and is looking forward to using new skills to teach and conduct her choirs. She is well-known in the Bristol choir scene and beyond, and her arrangements of songs for community choirs are well-loved for being fun and easy to sing while having the power to thrill singers and audiences alike. She arranges and teaches songs from all sorts of genres – world music (many from Nickomo), jazz, pop, folk etc. Some of her arrangements are available for sale on


You can book your place by clicking through to the JC Events site.
Tip: Go all the way to the bottom for the Tickets section.

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