Standing ovation for singing stars

06 March 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Four choirs combined for charity performance at UCLan


Local youngsters hit the high notes and gave music fans a real treat when they joined forces with the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) award-winning Chamber Choir.

Students from Fulwood, Penwortham and the Fylde areas harmonised together with the 28 members of the UCLan Chamber Choir for the sold-out charity fundraiser.

For 2014 the special guest choirs were:
- Queen’s Drive Primary School from Fulwood
- All Hallows Catholic High School from Penwortham
- Lytham St Anne’s Technology and Performing Arts College

The four choirs performed individually and covered a range of musical artists including Mozart, Mendelssohn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Katy Perry and Adele before combining to perform Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know.

During the past few years UCLan’s Chamber Choir, which consists of BA (Hons) Music Theatre students, has won both the Good Housekeeping Choir of the Year prize and the adult category of the BBC Choir of the Year. The Choir, who has also performed on BBC’s Songs of Praise, has a wide and varied repertoire that includes music from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as a range of styles from classical to swing.

The event raised nearly £3,000 to help the Choir purchase new choir robes and to support the University's Harris Bursary Fund which helps disadvantaged students.

Event organiser Tania Callagher said: “The atmosphere was fabulous. Most thrilling for me was to see the audience’s reaction to the combined piece where all 150 voices joined together for the beautiful Somewhere Only We Know. The quality and power of the performance was totally moving. I also loved Queen’s Drive Primary School’s dance moves, as well as singing, in their performance of Katy Perry’s Roar.”

"The atmosphere was fabulous. Most thrilling for me was to see the audience’s reaction to the combined piece."

  Chamber choir group shot

(Students from all four choirs with compere Professor Robert Walsh, Executive Director of Research, Mayor of Preston Councillor Veronica Afrin and Mayoress Joanne Afrin-Black.)