Youth choir will help veteran singers celebrate
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