Celebrate 100 years of choir

Ashington and District Male Voice Choir.
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Ashington and District Male Voice Choir. Bigger and not cropped.

A special concert is being held to mark the centenary of a Northumberland choir.

The event, on Saturday, will mark 100 years since the start of Ashington and District Male Voice Choir.

The choir will be joined by guest performers local soprano Susan Robertson, Mitford’s ‘Liverpool Import’, and alto Anna Corcoran, who will also be leading the Academy’s Children’s Choir.

Susan and Anna have sung with the choir at a number of its own promotions and while their singing styles are very different, they have always proved popular and have been appreciated by the audiences.

The concert is being held at 7pm in the Josephine Butler Complex of the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington.

And the choir has been busy preparing its programme, which will not only feature some of its more popular numbers, but also include a number of additions to its regular repertoire, introduced by the new musical director Jonathan Shaw.

There will also be a tribute to the Woodhorn Disaster, which happened just as the choir was formed in 1916.

The tribute will involve all those performing during the evening.

The event has been supported by Northumberland County Council, Ashington Town Council and Choppington Parish Council, and Banks Music.

Tickets cost £6 from choir members, secretary Colin Prow on 01670 815534, Al’s Store Ashington, or online at www.ashingtonmalevoicechoir.org

Ashington and District Male Voice Choir is proud to have had such a long association with the town and neighbouring areas, as well as with many parts of Northumberland.

Members are anxious that this continues for many years to come and that local community groups, organisations and churches will be able to benefit from concerts that they are invited to perform.