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Walk past St Teresa’s Church in Penwortham on a Tuesday evening in term time between the hours of 7.30 and 9.00 pm and you will hear the All Hallows Community Choir practising their singing writes Gemma Swarbrick.
The choir was the brainchild of the head of performing arts at All Hallows, Mrs Lavinia Colclough, and came into existence exactly a year ago. During that twelve months, the choir which consists of parishioners, friends, family, serving and retired members of All Hallows staff has gone from strength to strength, with new members frequently joining.
Since we became established, a number of concerts have been very well received by our audiences and has resulted in new members joining. Our first performance was in St Teresa’s church just before Advent and we also took part in the Christmas end of term concert at school. St Mary Magdalen’s church hosted us at the end of April when we sang a large and varied repertoire of songs.
We usually start with a selection of John Rutter songs including ‘The Music’s Always There with You’, a song which has become the signature tune of the choir. These are followed with ‘the Prayer’ and ‘You Raise me Up’. Our second half has a lighter side to it with a medley of Simon and Garfunkel songs along with songs from the shows, particularly Andrew Lloyd Webber and a selection from Les Miserables.
We end with a rendition of Bob Chilcott’s Irish blessing and as people leave many are humming one of the songs they have just heard but more often than not they are overwhelmed by the number of songs we have sung, the quality of the singing and the sheer enjoyment that we all experience as a result of a night of music.
New members are always welcome and we are especially on the lookout for some male singers to help out with the tenor and bass lines.