Ladies’ choral triumph

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ON-SONG women have reason to smile after their latest concert was a great success.

Hartlepool Ladies Choir held their latest fundraising performance at the Borough Hall on the Headland in town.

The concert was titled And The World Was A Song and attracted a packed audience which included many of the town’s civic dignitaries.

Choir spokesman Eileen McConnell said: “The choir performed a programme of material ranging from Les Miserables to Route 66.”

She said the song One from A Chorus Line was also part of the repertoire.

Solo performers Joyce West, Sarah Shurmer and Gill Woodward were all praised for their performances as well as close harmony trio Olwyn Metcalf, Adrienne Harris and Sue Connell.

Stepping out from his usual role as musical director of the choir, David Gibson performed the romantic ballad If I Loved you from the musical Carousel.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Great North Air Ambulance.

A short explanation of the work that the charity does was given by Ed Kirkham.

The choir’s busy schedule has not ended yet.

Eileen said the choir would be returning on Saturday, June 22, to give a performance at Grange Road Methodist Church in Hartlepool.

The past year has been a hectic one for the choir’s members, Eileen added.

They were among 2,000 singers who performed at the Royal Albert Hall Festival of Brass and Voices concert in November last year to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

They were joined by top brass bands including the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, which featured in the hit film Brassed Off, as well as singers from the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir.

Meanwhil;e, the choir would love to hear from more people interested in becoming members.

Anyone wanting more details should contact secretary Mary Watling on (01429) 277612 or Eileen McConnell on (01429) 268310.