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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

Sue Devaney to host relaunch of local community choir raising money for Petrus

On Wednesday 22nd February 2023, Littleborough Cricket Club will host the long awaited relaunch of celebrated local community choir ‘Sing! Littleborough.

Now in its 6th year, Sing! Littleborough was founded in October 2017 by Rochdale-based musician, teacher and choir leader Phil Reynolds to meet demand from local singers for a non-audition community pop choir.

Prior to having to move online during lockdowns in 2020, the choir had performed in many events including the ‘With One Voice’ event in Albert Square to commemorate the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack (broadcast on BBC TV to millions of viewers worldwide).

Members had also taken part in TWO Christmas broadcasts live on air for Heart Radio, several video shoots and a host of local events including the first ‘Little-Glastonboro’ festival, food festivals, charity events and Christmas Light events.

During lockdown the choir had to move online and numbers sadly dwindled; the choir’s original venue (The Falcon Inn) closed it’s doors and singing nationally was demonised by some rather questionable science (later proved to be largely inaccurate).

Phil set up an online group of over 100 members on Facebook, in addition to setting up WhatsApp groups to try and keep in touch with and support choir members during the pandemic. This included an online Christmas Zoom Concert in 2020.

Despite having a ‘post covid’ fundraising Gala Concert at Manchester Cathedral (for the NSPCC) in 2021 the choir has been on a short haitus since July 2022 whilst a new venue was secured.

They will be relaunching in the Willow Room at Littleborough Cricket club with a fundraising event for local homeless charity ‘Petrus’ hosted by Sue Devaney (Coronation Street’s Debbie Webster) to include some choir teaching from Phil, songs from Sue and plenty of laughs!

Choir member Cath Bradbury described the choir as “a well-loved, friendly community choir, that sings pop, rock and show songs. An ideal opportunity to try out singing in choir ... with no auditions ever!”

To register for the event either book online via Eventbrite or turn up on the door.

All attendees pay £6 on the door with ALL proceeds to Petrus.

Bring your singing voice (no need to read music or audition!) and a sense of humour – and a friend or two if you like!

7-9pm approx.

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