About Coventry Philharmonic Society

Colin was born in Bedworth and now lives in Nuneaton. He has a long history of singing in the area. He took up singing at the age of 17 and joined the Guildhall Amateur Operatic Society in Coventry. He was asked to join the Nuneaton Pantomime and Revue Society to perform Jud Fry in Oklahoma and stayed with them for five years. He then moved to Fillongley Singers and, after five years joined Bedworth Choral Society in 1998. He became their chairman from 2000 to 2010.

Colin has sung with the Coventry Philharmonic Choir, for a number of years and has taken solo roles in some of their concerts.
He also has extensive experience in producing concerts, especially for charity fundraising. He produced two concerts at the Butts Theatre in Coventry enabling disabled children from Sherbourne Fields School in Coventry to take part in a concert and a pantomime.
He has produced six Civic Command Performances at the Civic Hall in aid of various Mayor's charities. He has fronted the Bulkington Silver band at numerous Hospice “Picnic Proms”. He has organised and produced four adults “Voices for Hospices” and three “Young Voices for Hospices” concerts at the Civic Hall in Bedworth. He then went on to a new venture of taking people who couldn’t sing and teaching them to sing and perform in three “Let’s Sing” concerts in aid of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, Nuneaton.
In 2008, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough awarded Colin with a “Services to the Community” award for his voluntary contribution to the wellbeing of the community.
When asked why he organises these concerts, he replied that there is nothing better than seeing local people perform live on a professional stage in front of a live audience.
Sadly the current situation (the global pandemic) prevents the choir and singers from staging our normal programme of concerts but we will resume "normal service" as soon as we are permitted.
Colin Simmons, Chair

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