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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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Spotlight on choirs

TELEVISION choirmaster Gareth Malone has inspired an all-singing, all-dancing fund-raising spectacular in aid of Tynedale Hospice at Home.

Now a dozen local groups are busy polishing up their jingles and jives in preparation for the big night at Hexham’s Queen’s Hall on Friday, June 20.

The organiser, fund-raising officer Cathy Bates, said: “Hospices can be associated only with the sadness of bereavement, but it is about a celebration of life, too, which we want to share with everyone.”

Tynedale Hospice staff launched their choir two months ago and rehearse every Thursday evening.

Their repertoire includes numbers such as Randy Newman’s You’ve got a Friend in Me and Ray Davies’ Days.

They will be joined on stage by several established choirs, as well as one or two formed especially for the occasion.

Ovingham Choir will reflect its frequent journeys to Prudhoe with Bridge over Troubled Water. Hexham-based Antiphon, usually immersed in the 16th century, will demonstrate its versatility with the Vicar of Dibley theme tune.

Tyne Valley Youth Theatre will be singing Over the Rainbow, while Helping Hands, from Stocksfield, will sing Help!

Hexham Jive will ring the changes with classic dance steps that evoke the 1950s.

Tickets are available from the Queen’s Hall box office and Tynedale Hospice at Home’s shop on Battle Hill.