Hartlepool Ladies Choir gets great reception

Kelly Rowe, from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is presented with a donation by Julia Waller, Chairperson of Hartlepool Ladies Choir, watched by fellow members.

Kelly Rowe, from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is presented with a donation by Julia Waller, Chairperson of Hartlepool Ladies Choir, watched by fellow members.

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Hartlepool Ladies Choir received a tumultuous reception at the Borough Hall last Saturday after their fourth annual Summer Concert.

Playing to a packed audience, the choir performed a selection of music which had great popular appeal.

This was interspersed with solo performances from choir members including sopranos Sue Connell, Joyce West, Olive Taylor, and Sarah Shurmer, as well as Marjorie Cram from the alto section.

Directed by David Gibson, the choir embarked on a journey along ‘Route 66’ to take in numbers by composers as diverse as Dolly Parton, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Coldplay, Franz Schubert and Karl Jenkins, whose challenging work ‘Adiemus’ was performed in partial darkness lit only by the small lights held by the choir members, and aided by the solo playing of Gaynor Clark on the the descant recorder.

In an amusing yet haunting interlude, Gwen Woodward, as a nightclub singer, pulled out all the stops with her rendition of ‘One for my Baby (and One More for the Road)’.

To round off the evening, Kelly Rowe, a representative from the local branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, was presented with a donation by Julia Waller, Chairperson of the Choir, towards the further development of their work.

To join the Choir, can contact the secretary, Chris Leck, on 01429 894793, or turn up for a taster session at the Resource Centre in Grange Road on any Thursday at 7pm.