Pieces of Eight, the "a cappella" singing group based in Stockton-on-Tees, was formed in the mid-1970's by a group of eight choirmen from St Peter's Church Choir in Stockton. Within a few years sopranos were added to the group in order to extend the repertoire that now embraces a wide range of music covering five centuries.
The group has performed widely throughout the north-east region and concert programmes usually consist of madrigals, motets, glees, spirituals, folk songs, arrangements of modern songs, swing, jazz and pop, including Beatles numbers.
Over recent years the group has enjoyed successful singing tours of Amsterdam, Paris, Metz, Bouzonville, Glasgow, Dunblane and Skye.
The choir's repertoire embraces a wide range of mainly English Church Music covering five centuries.
The choir also sing at special midweek holy day services throughout the year: e.g.. Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday. Ascension Day, St. Peter's Day, All Saints day.
Since the 1980's it has become a tradition for the choir to be involved in a bi-annual European singing trip. Such tours have enabled the choir to sing in some of the most famous cathedral and churches in Europe: e.g. Notre-Dame, Sacre Coeur, Chartres, Rheims, Strasburg, Lubeck, Haarlem.
Occasionally during the year the choir sings services in Durham Cathedral when the cathedral choristers are on holiday.
There is always a need to recruit young people for the soprano line in order to balance the consistently strong men's choir. A very short audition is necessary, simply to establish a young persons ability to pitch a note. There is not a requirement for prior singing experience.