Youth choir will help vet­eran singers cel­e­brate

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - RHI­AN­NON MC­DOWALL

APOPULAR ladies choir has formed a youth group to help cel­e­brate its 70th an­niver­sary and en­cour­age the next gen­er­a­tion of cho­ris­ters.

The Mac­cles­field My­del Choir - for­merly the Mac­cles­field My­del Ladies Choir - will reach its 70th an­niver­sary this year.

As well as a grand fi­nale birth­day con­cert on June 17, the choir is host­ing a se­ries of work­shops for prospec­tive new mem­bers.

It is hoped a youth work­shop will go on to form a choir for boys and girls aged be­tween eight and 14.

Sophie Peach, choir chair, said: “The choir has been go­ing for 70 years. We’d love some more mem­bers and we’d love some younger mem­bers, so we thought it was a good idea to start a youth choir and see where we go from there.”

She added: “If you love to sing why not go along to one of their re­hearsals.”

The choir, which re­hearses at Bro­ken Cross Methodist Church, be­gan its life in 1947 as the Dormel Singers un­der the di­rec­tion of its founder Dorothy Mel­lor.

It is now un­der the di­rec­tion of Cil­lian Don­aghy, who is a grad­u­ate from the Royal Norther Col­lege of Mu­sic.

The choir reg­u­larly per­forms in con­certs for char­i­ties and events, per­form­ing a range of mu­sic from jazz and pop to clas­si­cal and folk.

The My­del Youth Choir Work­shop will be held at Tiny Ad­ven­tures at Lyme Green Set­tle­ment on Lon­don Road, on Satur­day, May 6.

It will be fol­lowed by four ses­sions at Bro­ken Cross Methodist Church over the sum­mer.

The My­del For A Day Ladies Singing Work­shop will be held on Satur­day, May 20, and will give prospec­tive new mem­bers a chance to meet and sing with the choir.

The birth­day con­cert will take place at Mac­cles­field Methodist Church and will sup­port Space4Aut­sim.

New mem­bers are also wel­come to go along to the choir re­hearsals on Tues­day evenings at 7.45pm. For more in­for­ma­tion go to my­del­choir.co.uk.

Mac­cles­field My­del Choir, pic­tured with cho­ral di­rec­tor Cil­lian Don­aghy, front left, and ac­com­pa­nist MacKen­zie Paget, front right

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