PETERBOROUGH Male Voice Choir is rounding off a successful year with a concert at Stamford Arts Centre on Friday next week (December 23).
This year the choir has won third place in the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Competition in May and held a sell-out Sing for Heroes concert in July with special guest sta Lesley Garrett.
They also recorded a new CD this year, Fields of Gold, which is about to go on sale.
Secretary of the choir Andy Coles said: “It’s been an incredibly exciting year. The highlights for me were to see nearly 100 men on the stage with Lesley Garrett in July and the incredible response we got when we decided to help form a women’s choir.”
In July the choir set up the Sing for Life project, seeking 40 women to sing in a concert in aid of Cancer Research UK.
More than 200 women came to auditions and over 120 women joined the Male Voice Choir and Youth Choir in October at the Kingsgate Centre, Peterborough, where they performed two concerts with well-known singing and acting star, Bernie Nolan, raising nearly £4,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Andy said: “The women who took part in the Sing for Life project were inspired to continue after the concert and now known as Peterborough Voices, they have joined the Male Voice Choir and our Youth Choir in a whole family of choirs.
The Stamford Arts Centre concert starts at 7.30pm. The choir will be singing a selection of new and familiar works to celebrate Christmas including songs from west end shows, traditional tunes, Christmas songs and modern hits.
Tickets are £10 (£9) available from Stamford Arts Centre.
Andy said: “We are looking forward to returning to Stamford Arts Centre. We will be joined with some of the women of Peterborough Voices and will perform in our last concert of a very busy and rewarding 2011.