Our Story

In 1990, a group of people from various churches in Cranfield joined together to perform a musical productions of ‘Jesus Folk’. This was a Christian musical written by Gowan and Laarsons from the Salvation Army, which took you on a tour through the Gospels. Performances were at the parish church and were played to packed audiences.

Following on from this success, the group, now evolved into Jesus Folk, decided to perform the sequel, ‘Spirit’, with Freda Parsons as producer and Gordon Ritchie as musical director. In 1992 the performance of ‘Glory’ proved

to be the biggest success yet, raising £1200 for various charities and playing to over 1000 people over 4 nights. After several further successful performances, many of the cast decided to move on and others were finding it

difficult to keep going and they finally disbanded in 1995.

However, Jesus Folk were approached to perform at the Christmas Eve midnight services at the Parish Church and re-emerged with Jean Lloyd, an original member of Jesus Folk, as musical director.

In 2003 it was decided to change the name to ‘Sounds Familiar’ and the choir has since gone from strength to strength.

Sounds Familiar continued with the aim of the original choir to serve  the local community by providing an inclusive and friendly environment where people of all ages, religious belief or of no faith could come together to sing and enjoy

each others company.

The group continues to raise money for it’s nominated charities

and takes part in various charity concerts throughout the year.

For information on this years nominated charities please click here

In 2015 Sounds Familiar celebrated 25 years of community singing and fundraising.