Established in 1979
Established in 1979, The Greasley Singers celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2009, with two of the original members and many long standing members remaining.The choir took its name from Greasley Church, where they once rehearsed, although they now use the Colin Dyson Centre, in Hilltop, Eastwood.
Clive Richardson is the only remaining original member still singing with the choir, however if you were to add together all the years the others have been members it would total somewhere into the 300's. Some going for a choir of 23 members, at present!
Gloria Preece, whilst teaching music at Eastwood Comprehensive as it was known then, belonged to a local choir, but decided to form her own which was mainly made up of teachers from the school. At that time school inset days were called Baker Days, named after the education minister of the day, hence the choir adopted the name, The Bakers Dozen, as the membership numbered 13.
Though the choir was small, it did not affect the musical achievements of this chamber choir as they learnt and performed a wide variety of musical styles from unaccompanied madrigals to songs of the 1960's.
In the 1980's when Gloria worked in a local primary school, she worked with Sheila Leatherland, who became a long standing accompanist for the group. Sheila relocated to Worcester in the 1990's where she then and still does accompany the Worcester Male Voice Choir. The present day members of The Greasley Singers took pleasure in acknowledging and welcoming Sheila back to Eastwood in July 2015, when she was one of the guests in the audience at the celebratory memorial concert for Gloria.