Welcome to the String of Beads.

The String of Beads is a 3 part SSA harmony Choir of around 20 singers formed over 20 years ago by members of the Choir of the Venerable Bede Church in Stanningley. The original remit was to perform a concert in order to raise funds to provide a new organ for the Church. Sufficient funds were quickly raised for the Organ however, it was decided the Choir was having so much fun they would continue with the popular and contemporary style of music performed by the String of Beads to raise more money to benefit local community charities.


We normally perform four of five public concerts each year in addition to private events. The Choir actively supports many charities including Teenage Cancer Trust, Breast Cancer Research and Alzheimer’s Trust.​

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“Excellent night last Saturday at St Thomas’ Brilliant choir well worth seeing. Well done ladies.”

Martin Grey

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The Choir is under the guidance of Joe Smith who is currently studying Classical Composition at Leeds Conservatoire. He has grown up with music his whole life, singing in his church choir from being a boy and appearing on stage from the age of five. He has sung for many groups around Leeds and West Yorkshire, including Bramley Parish Theatre Players, Leeds Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Concentio, Futurist Theatre Company, Lindley CAOS, Cleckheaton and Spenborough Amateur Operatic Society and has even performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The choir is available to hire for public and private events, please get in touch if you would like more information. Learn more…

We are currently seeking new members across all sections of the Choir. If you love to sing and have a couple of hours to spare every Tuesday evening then come along and have a listen – see what you think! We cater to all abilites and you don’t even need to be able to read music. Get in touch with us here.