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Choirs join together for charity concert

14 March 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Local choirs join together for charity

UCLan Chamber Choir sings with Preston youngsters for fundraiser

In the region of 400 music fans were served up a real treat last night when local youngsters join forces with the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) award-winning choir for a charity concert.

The UCLan Chamber Choir, who recently appeared on BBC1’s Songs of Praise, performed with special guests from Harris Primary School, Fulwood Academy and Runshaw College.

During the past few years the Choir has won both the Good Housekeeping Choir of the Year prize and the adult category of the BBC Choir of the Year while also being nominated for other national prizes. The Choir, which was formed in 2005 and comprises 28 members of BA(Hons) Music Theatre, can perform a wide variety of musical styles.

Choir Director and Music Theatre Course Leader Mark Goggins said: “The University Chamber Choir concert has become an annual not-to-miss event within the city, last night’s event was no exception.

Event Manager Tania Callagher said: “We have so many regulars who come to this annual concert and they were all blown-away by the magical performances. The highlight was the combined piece where all four choirs sang together live for the very first time to deliver a powerful rendition Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’.”

Guests included: The Guild Mayor and Mayoress of Preston, Councillor Carl and Mrs Linda Crompton, and the Deputy Mayor and Consort of South Ribble, Councillor Dorothy and Councillor Melvin Gardner.

Total money raised was over £2,500 and the fundraising was significantly aided by donations from 22 local businesses including; ISIS Jewellers, Gibbon Bridge, George Banks Jewellers and Penwortham Golf Club. The money raised will go towards the University’s Harris Bursary Fund, which helps disadvantaged students, and the Chamber Choir.