Mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion for hospice

More than 100 spe­cially re­cruited women will take to the stage at Peter­bor­ough’s Broad­way The­atre on Satur­day to per­form in the Sing for Life 2016 gala char­ity con­cert in sup­port of Sue Ry­der’s Thorpe Hall Hospice.

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The event rep­re­sents the cul­mi­na­tion of a 12- week pop-up project run by award­win­ning women’s choir Peter­bor­ough Voices un­der the di­rec­tion of Wil­liamPrideaux and has en­gaged women of all ages and back­grounds from across the city and be­yond, many of them with no pre­vi­ous sing­ing ex­pe­ri­ence what­so­ever.

Hav­ing orig­i­nally ad­ver­tised for just 40 women to par­tic­i­pate in the project, Sing for Life 2016 was in­un­dated with singers want­ing to get in­volved and - as in pre­vi­ous years - fi­nally signed up over 100 di­verse women (in­clud­ing this year’s Miss Peter­bor­ough) each with their own very per­sonal mo­ti­va­tion for tak­ing part.

For­some, Thor­peHal­lHospice and the ex­cep­tional care it pro­vides have spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance, while oth­ers were look­ing for a per­sonal chal­lenge and new goals out­side their com­fort zone and some had­sim­plyal­ways­dreamedof join­ing a choir and jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing aboutit. What­ev­er­their rea­sons­for­join­ing– whichare as var­ied as the wo­m­en­tak­ing part - the project has proved a pos­i­tively joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ence across­the­board. So­phiefrom Thor­ney says: “It’s some­thing to look for­ward to every week, I ab­so­lutely love it!”

Many of the Sing for Life 2016wom­en­have­g­ot­thesing­ing bug and gone on to au­di­tion for Peter­bor­ough Voices and those who are suc­cess­ful will have lots to look for­ward to; not just the priv­i­lege of re­hears­ing and per­form­ing at the iconic the­atre but also of sing­ing in stel­lar mu­si­cal com­pany, which in 2017 will in­clude­worl­drenowned­brass band Brig­house and Ras­trick as well as the BBCCon­certOrches­tra, among oth­ers. They will be­come “part of some­thing amaz­ing” in the words of Jo Che­ung, who joined in 2012 and has never looked back. She said: “I’ve made some great friends do­ing some­thingIlove­andthatIstill find­ex­hil­a­rat­ing, chal­leng­ing, hard­workan­dut­ter­lyre­ward­ing…long may it last.”

Cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary this year, Sue Ry­der’s Thorpe Hall Hospice opened a fan­tas­tic new state-of-theart fa­cil­ity last July at a cost of £6m and now needs to raise a stag­ger­ing £7,500 a day just to cover run­ning costs, pro­vid­ing in­cred­i­ble care for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

Ma­rina, fromYax­ley, oneof the Sing for Life 2016 women, says: “Thekind­of­careThorpe Hall pro­vides is not just a job it’s a vo­ca­tion, and be­ing in­volved in a project sup­port­ing such a great cause re­ally brings home the value of the work they do.”

Thorpe Hall’s Jo Mar­i­ott said: “We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled that Sing for Life will be sup­port­ing us once again. This is a won­der­ful initiative to en­cour­age peo­ple to try some­thing new – mem­bers of Thorpe Hall staff have been in­volved in the past and they have en­thused about the whole­ex­pe­ri­ence­andthe­con­fi­dence it has given them.”

Sing for Life 2016 is at Peter­bor­ough’s Broad­way The­atre at 7.30pm on Satur­day. Tick­ets from Peter­bor­ough Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, on 0333 666 3366 or at www. pe­ter­bor­oughvoices.org.uk

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