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Endon Community Choir celebrates its fifth birthday

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 05, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Members of the Endon Community Choir celebrate the choral group's fifth birthday with a special cake.

  • Members of the Endon Community Choir celebrate its fifth birthday with a special cake.

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A village community vocal group has celebrated its fifth birthday.

Membership of the Endon Community Choir has grown since its formation in 2009.

Lynn Hopkins, a member of the choir committee, said: "Our choir turned five on June 2. We have the same musical director, Dan Hollingshurst, from since we formed.

"He is an inspiration to us and our numbers have been steadily growing to more than 60 members.

"We started off as Una Voice and the first major performance was in 2010 at the Victoria Hall where we took part in Zimbe by Alexandre L' Estrange.

"We became an independent choir in 2012 with an initial membership of about 15 and after a vote by members decided on our present name.

"Through publicity and word of mouth our membership has grown to its current levels.

"Everyone over the age of 13 is welcome. There are no auditions, no need to read music and no pressure to sing solos.

"Dan chooses a very varied repertoire with songs from shows, gospel, folk and classical, to name a few genres.

"We all go home from a rehearsal feeling better than when we arrive. We have recently changed rehearsal venue and now meet at Endon Village Hall during term time every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm.

"Our most recent performance was at Endon Well Dressing in May and before that sang as guests at the Wetley Rocks Male Voice Choir concert as part of the Leek Arts Festival in Trinity Church. On Saturday, July 5, we will be seen at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, as part of a massed choir event.

"For our fifth birthday we celebrated with a cake."

For further information about the choir go to www.endoncommunitychoir.org.uk.

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