So much to sing about for choir

Lesley Garrett performing with Hartlepool Male Voice Choir in 2011
Lesley Garrett performing with Hartlepool Male Voice Choir in 2011

SINGERS from Hartlepool will join almost 2,000 voices on stage when they perform at one of the country’s most prestigious venues.

Members of Hartlepool Male Voice Choir and Hartlepool Ladies Voice Choir will star in concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

The Festival of Brass and Voices concert will raise money for Cancer Research UK.

It is a double boost for the Male Voice Choir, which has announced famous singer Lesley Garrett is to perform with them for a second time next summer.

Duncan Graham, chairman of Hartlepool Male Voice Choir, said of performing at the Royal Albert Hall: “The choir has performed there twice before, the most recent being six years ago, but a lot of the boys haven’t been there before.

“It will also be the first time for the ladies’ choir and I know they are looking forward to it.

“It is the special venue in England. We will be singing all the choral classics like Rule Britania and Going Home.”

The choirs will be joined by others from all over the country with close to 2,000 singing on stage at the same time.

They will be joined by top brass bands including the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, which featured in the hit film Brassed Off.

A party of 160 singers and supporters will set off from Hartlepool Maritime Experience on Friday morning.

They will rehearse throughout Saturday before going on stage on the night. The Male Voice Choir also revealed the return of soprano Lesley Garrett to Hartlepool next year.

She first performed with the choir last year, and will be the guest performer in the choir’s annual celebrity concert at the Borough Hall on the Headland on Saturday, June 15.

Duncan added: “We are very pleased to have her come back. When she left last time she said she would come back anytime and she thoroughly enjoyed herself.”

Ticket details for the show will be announced closer to Christmas.

Rehearsals are also well underway for Hartlepool Male Voice Choir’s popular Christmas concert.

It takes place at the Borough Hall on Friday, December 21, at 7.30pm.

Entitled Yet Another Christmas Special, the show will include the usual mix of carols, Christmas songs and new songs from the choir’s repertoire for the year ahead.

Tickets, priced £8 or £7 concessions are selling fast.

Contact secretary Mick Waller on (01429) 423063 or Duncan Graham on (01429) 296945 for more information.