Diva Lesley delights sell-out crowd

Lesley Garrett pictured on stage with the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir. Picture by Tom Collins.
Lesley Garrett pictured on stage with the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir. Picture by Tom Collins.
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A WORLD-famous opera star wowed a sell-out Hartlepool crowd when she performed with a top choir.

Soprano singer Lesley Garrett CBE joined the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir at its summer gala concert at The Borough Hall on the town’s Headland, on Saturday night.

Around 400 tickets for the hugely-anticipated event sold out like “hot cakes” when they went up for sale in January.

The choir traditionally signs up top stars for their shows, and Ms Garrett followed last year’s performance with Russell Watson, and the 2009 show with Aled Jones.

Ms Garrett, who has appeared in operas, concerts, and on television, and has 11 solo CDs to her name, performed two slots at the town event, each 25 minutes long.

She has performed throughout Europe, the USA , Australia, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.

The Hartlepool Male Voice Choir was established in 1958 and boasts over 60 members, aged from 23-85, who rehearse weekly in The Corner Flag pub, outside Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.