Southrepps community choir ready for Diamond Jubilee concert debut

A community choir is getting into full song ready to kick off the Jubilee celebrations at Southrepps.

The Southrepps Chorale was formed last November by local music teacher Stephen Richards, with most of its members never having sung in a choir before.

Following in the wake of the successful Military Wives community choirs showcased by Gareth Malone on television, the group regularly gets more than 45 people to weekly rehearsals (pictured).

Mr Richards' wife Liz said: 'I am really proud of what we have achieved from scratch in so short a time. Hardly anyone had sung in a choir before and the progress we have made is amazing. Even Gareth Malone would be proud.'

The choir has previously sung at the village carol service, and at the funeral of member Brian Mawdesley, but is now preparing for its first major concert.

The singers will team up with Norfolk Brass on Friday June 1 at 7.30pm at the church, which vicar the Rev David Bartlett provides free for practice sessions.

It will include works such as Greensleeves, a London medley, and Rodgers and Hammerstein on Broadway. The band will also play, and the two combine for a rousing finale of Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.

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The proceeds from the concert will be split between the church, the choir and the band.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Southrepps Chorale can contact Mr Richards on 01263 834411.

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