Choral society is on the lookout for more men to join the ranks

Somercotes Choral Society chairman Andy Hoskison
Somercotes Choral Society chairman Andy Hoskison

Somercotes Choral Society, established in 1951, is desperate for male singers – so much so that it has just issued a poster which is being distributed around local shops and offices.

Recently a number of men have left the choir through ill health or because of moving home.

The society currently has around 50 members, a large number of whom are women.

But they say it is essential to have a small but strong male chorus.

Chairman Andy Hoskison said: “Any man interested may have only sung in school or in church, but we welcome any men who can sing in tune.

“We do not have auditions and we are very friendly. We perform songs from the shows plus classics and folk music. We rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings at Swanwick Sports College. If any man fancies having a go at singing then please contact me.”

Andy can be reached on 01623 479921.

Andy added: “We welcome first time singers as we have CDs to help everyone learn their individual parts. Why not come along to one of our rehearsals and also attend our next concert to see if you would like to join? We always welcome lady singers too!”

The choir’s next concert –Musical Britain - is on Saturday, October 31, at Alfreton Grange Arts College.

The varied programme includes music by Gilbert and Sullivan, Lionel Bart, Paul McCartney, Edward Elgar, John Rutter and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Tickets are £7 and under 16s £4. The concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are available from Carole on 07905 242 740.