Store singers reach national finals of choir competition

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A team of amateur singers from Waitrose are on their way to the national finals of a choir competition after winning the regional contest.

The 12 staff from the Stamford branch formed the choir at the end of last year in order to take part in Partnersing 2014, run by the supermarket chain.

The contest gave all staff the chance to form a choir as members of the John Lewis Music Society and enter the competition. The Stamford team of managers and check out staff - six sopranos, four altos, two tenors and two bass - sang acapello,choral singing without instruments - at the regional heats held at the Bolton Music Centre.

Choir leader Chris Sharman, a customer services assistant at the Stamford branch, said: “I was very proud of how well the choir sang, considering we only had 16 hours of rehearsals, the harmonies they produced were beautiful.”

The choir will now compete against five regional winners at the finals at Odney, Maidenhead on Sunday.

The Waitrose singers, who will have the chance to sing with the other choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, on December 1, will also host a fund-raising concert at All Saints Church, in Stamford, at a later date.