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Men wanted for Moorland Voices choral group

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A newly formed choral group are after male singers.

Moorland Voices is inviting men to join in on a choral workshop this Autumn.

Vice Chairman of the choir, Sue Wardle, explained: "Our choir, Moorland Voices, is inviting all choirs and individual singers locally (and from further afield) to come and join us for a choral workshop with Nigel M Taylor, a very charismatic conductor, on Saturday October 18 at 10am at Denstone College.

"Places need to be booked by September 20 and information can be found by emailing don@ctrd.co.uk or mo@greenwaypepper.com.

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"The cost for the day will be £15 and will culminate in an informal concert at 5pm, to which friends and relatives can be invited.

"Refreshments will be provided but a packed lunch is advisable and, if the weather is fine, the splendid grounds of Denstone College will provide a superb picnic area.

"We expect it to be a day filled with fantastic music and fun."

A link to download the application form can be found at www.makingmusic.org.uk/events/all-events/west/the-armed-man-choral-workshop-directed-by-nigel-taylor.

Sue added: "We have a terrific response to our workshop with 62 booked and paid for. Unfortunately the breakdown of numbers attending is as follows: one very lonely tenor, eight not so lonely basses, 25 altos, and 29 sopranos.

"So we need more men. Please get in touch if you are interested in singing this fantastic piece in the company of other enthusiastic singers."

Moorland Voices is a new choir formed in January this year, largely from local singers and with a few drawn from around the Stafford area. They are currently developing a diverse and interesting repertoire including classical choral pieces, English folk, gospel, Beatles songs, 30s classics and South African music.

Their enthusiastic style and energy is encapsulated in a co-operative approach to their work, which means four of the current singers are able to conduct and develop their own approach to music. Their first two concerts at Sieghford and Denstone College were very well received and the choir sang at an NSPCC garden event at Cicely Haughton School in Wetley Rocks in July. A member of that audience has provided the following feedback to the choir members: "You Are The New Day moved me to tears but mainly I wanted to get up, join in and dance - a great performance - thank you."

Moorland Voices' next concert will be on Saturday, September 20 at St Mark's Church in Basford with another concert in aid of the NSPCC and will support Philip Cartwright, tenor, and Anne Bourne, soprano and Stefan Anrusysyschyn on accordion. Tickets are priced at £8 and are available from Pat Klein on 01782 373672.

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