Singers are going solo

A Morpeth-based choir is branching out and going it alone.

The former Silver Singers group in the town, which was part of the 20,000 Voices scheme for people over the age of 50, is now an independent community choir with no age restrictions.

The change to become Sing Morpeth was initiated by choir leader Bridie Jackson, with support from the committee. Its first rehearsal took place last week.

Sally-Anne Woolley, a committee member, said: “We felt that if we became independent we would have more opportunities.

“We’re really excited at becoming an independent group and two concerts for the Christmas period have already been arranged. Adults of all ages can now join our existing members at the St James’ Community Centre on Tuesdays from 10.30am. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends and sing in a relaxed and happy atmosphere.”

The final Silver Singers concert was held in a packed Morpeth Methodist Church earlier this summer. The songs performed included Finlandia, Mingulay Boat Song and Steal Away.