2020 is another busy year for Grenville although as with all other choir leaders, his many groups of singers were forced to stop in March with the arrival of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Prior to that, he took 7 choir rehearsals each week and also of course, is the founder of the award-winning Golden-Oldies Charity.
Grenville's mixed-voice choir, The Bath Chorus recently recorded a number of popular hymn tunes last year which are available on YouTube and via this website - www.hymnsearch.co.uk. Grenville hopes that this website helps anyone who may be searching for a hymn for a special family occasion. Here is the choir singing the popular Wedding hymn, 'O Perfect Love.'
Another Grenville project are the Good Afternoon Choirs and by the close of 2020 (or when restrictions are lifted) there will be 12 Good Afternoon Choirs.
WELCOME to the website of Grenville Jones D.Litt, a highly respected charity founder ( The Golden-Oldies ) and a musician who has helped to raise over a £million for many local and national charities over the years. Grenville has appeared on TV and Radio across the World both through his charity work and as a choir leader. You may have spotted him in the second row as one of THE 100 judges on the recent Saturday night BBC1 talent show All Together Now.
He is the founder of 15 choirs, and an author who lives in the City of Bath with his partner Jacky. He has three sons, Daniel, Kieron and Laurie, and six grandchildren. Aged 70, his driving passion is to get people of all ages singing and BELONGING to a group where they can make friends, enjoy themselves and have fun through music. “Singing on prescription” is at the heart of all Grenville does.
To add to his achievements, Grenville’s first novel was published in September 2015 shortly after returning from taking a sell-out 'Come and Sing' workshops in Canada. Deep Harmony was the result of 4 years endeavour by Grenville writing (usually) whilst tucked away in the corner of a hotel bar in Countries across Europe surrounded by paper and post-its! Read about the loves and lives of Cornish choir The Verlis Singers in Deep Harmony … it is available from www.amazonbooks.co.uk
As founder of the Golden-Oldies Registered Charity 'Goldies' (1121600) he started in Bath 13 years ago with four daytime sing-a-long and activity sessions for socially isolated people (Goldies is not a Choir! ) which now runs over 200 across England and South Wales as Goldies Cymru. Sir Cliff Richard is the supportive Patron of “Goldies,” as it has become known, and its open-access sessions are attended by hundreds. Goldies is making a BIG difference to the lives of older people. There are now over 70 session leaders and Grenville’s ambition is to see the charity – under the banner Goldies UK - operating across the UK, bringing joy to thousands of people, reaching older people with learning difficulties as well as those with Alzheimer’s and Learning Difficulties.
The Charity reaches across the West of England, Essex, the Midlands, North Yorkshire, Cornwall, North Devon and South Wales. Sessions now take place in over 200 venues across England and Wales. The first all-singing Goldies Charity shop opened in the town of Keynsham in March 2016. Another project driven by Grenville.
His choirs include the auditioned mixed-voice choir THE Bath Chorus, the Last Choir Standing and much travelled, Bath Male Choir (who were in BOSTON MA last October) and the non-audition, evening Bath Welcome Choir. He leads a number of Good Afternoon Choirs with over 800 singers. These are now in Bath, Devizes, Keynsham, Bristol, Yate and Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury, Frome, Wells, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Yeovil with plans to start in Swindon before too long.
Hundreds of people sing in his choirs and thousands enjoy their Goldies sessions.
He has also supported a many charities in recent years raising thousands of pounds. These include Save the Children, Prostate Cancer, Parkinson's UK, The British Heart Foundation, The National Osteoporosis Society, MENCAP and many smaller West Country charities.
Grenville is Patron of the Cornwall Community Choirs Association and also (when time allows) takes “Everyone can SING!” workshops around the UK. He worked last year with the BBC on the Heritage of World War One songs and in particular the songs of Fred Weatherly.
Back In 2016 - Grenville presented a programme for BBC Radio based on the life of the songwriter, Fred Weatherly. Fred lived in Bath in the 1900's, included in his titles was "O Danny Boy" - It is not widely recognised but the most popular song of WW1 was entitled "Roses of Picardy"...written by Fred. You can hear this clip by clicking HERE.
He has an office in Westfield near Bath, where Jody and Nikki keep everything running smoothly. In July 2012 he announced his personal super dream to raise £20,000 to take children from a Mencap group with severe learning issues to Paris and Disneyworld. Nine months on (in February 2013) with the fantastic support of many of the people in his choirs and local organisations he achieved the target. Grenville will be supporting the brilliant Super Saturday Club this year.
Also in 2012 he received an honorary degree from Bath Spa University in recognition of his contribution to music in the community. He attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace at the invitation of the National Lottery where he was presented to the Queen. Through his music and charity work he has been interviewed on radio and TV many times across the World.
One of Grenville's recent highlights was an invitation to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of the Armistice - First World War - in Westminster Abbey on November 11th, 2018.