Choir in Rutland set to expand thanks to funding boost

Uppingham Youth Choir'Photo: MSMP Uppingham Youth Choir
Uppingham Youth Choir'Photo: MSMP Uppingham Youth Choir
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A MUSIC teacher is expanding her school choir to bring together children from across the county after receiving a generous funding boost.

Lesley Ffrench, who ran Leighfield Primary School choir, has now formed Uppingham Youth Choir after receiving a grant from local charity The Windmill House Trust.

Lesley has worked with Leighfield Primary School choir for the past four years.

The choir has competed in national competitions, including performing in front of 2,000 people at the Barbican in London.

Lesley is hoping the expansion of the group will attract children of all ages and backgrounds across Rutland.

She said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for children throughout the area to come together.

“I’m so grateful to the trust for the considerable amount of money I’ve been given to set up the choir. It will help pay for uniforms, competition entries, travel and promotion. I now want as many children as possible to come along and make friends through singing.”

The choir is open to children between seven to 13 years of age. Lesley wants to build on the success she has had with the Leighfield Primary School choir and is hoping to attract more than 100 members. Rehearsals for the new choir will be held on Wednesdays at 6.20pm at Uppingham School, where Lesley is a music teacher.

She added: “We’re going to be singing all types of songs, from classical to popular.

“We really sing at the highest level and all the children will be smartly presented in uniforms. I’m really grateful to Uppingham School for allowing me this opportunity.”

Lesley’s husband Alexis, who also works at the school, is the classical pianist for the choir. World famous conductor Paul McCreesh is patron for the group. Lesley did not want to reveal the amount given by the trust. To join the choir call Lesley on 07827464471, or e-mail her at