St Edmund’s Choir have now raised more than £4,000 to support ongoing restoration works to the church – including the organ – through a series of concerts and events, and can now look forward to performing at the Cathedral’s Crypt Concert Room in June. The concert, ‘Musicals and More’, will take place on Friday 7 June, starting at 7.30pm.
The choir, formed in 1997 with just four people, now has more than 60 members aged between 16 and 82 who travel from as far as Kirkby and Manchester to rehearse. Charlie Corkin, director of music, said the inclusive nature of the choir was key to their success: ‘There are no auditions, no expectation that anyone has been in a choir before, and it’s completely free – we pride ourselves on being a choir for everyone.
‘The vast majority of the choir can’t read music and have never had any music lessons. The choir enables people to come together because they love to sing, love to socialise and to support important causes. In a time when arts funding is so tight, we’re so lucky to be able to offer a free community choir for anyone to get involved in and perform a wide variety of music from Abba to Zadok the Priest. We’re so much more than a Church choir – we have something for everyone!’
St Edmund’s choir welcomes anyone with a love of singing to their rehearsals each Sunday evening at 7pm in the Lisbonian Room, next to St Edmund’s Church, Oxford Road, Waterloo, L22 8QF. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07730 413 024. Tickets for ‘Musicals and More’ cost £10 and can be bought online via www.stedmundschoir.com.