Dales Community Pop Choir holds first concert in two years

The Dales Community Pop Choir.

The Dales Community Pop Choir has held its first concert in two years.

Along with the majority of choirs throughout the UK, the choir cancelled all live performances during the pandemic.

After months of Zoom rehearsals, then coming together and rehearsing outdoors last summer, they eventually resumed indoor rehearsals in September under the government guidelines with the hope that they could start planning for future performances.

On Sunday, March 6, the choir held their first concert in two years at Masham Town Hall.

The choir shared some of their favourite songs from previous concerts, as well as new ones, to an audience of more than 100 during the afternoon performance.

Charlotte Reilly choir member said: “It always feels amazing to sing to a live audience and to share with family, friends and the community everything we have been working so hard on, but it was extra wonderful at Masham as it had been two years since we last performed live.

“It was an uplifting and joyful afternoon.”

The concert raised £650 from the proceeds of the ticket sales, which the choir decided to donate to Thirsk’s Ukraine Aid Support appeal.

A raffle of a selection of hampers raised £500 for Made a Mark, a charity which helps professionals provide better support to bereaved children through the provision of memory boxes and supporting materials.

This was in memory of Amy Purvis, the MD of the Euphoria Choir in Barnard Castle.

Debbie Allenby, DCPC leader, said: “I am immensely proud of our choir and what it has achieved and continued to achieve during these challenging times.

“To finally be able to perform together and share the fruits of our hard work was just amazing and we are thrilled by the fabulous amount we raised for two very worthy causes.”

The DCPC are currently busy rehearsing for the Wensleydale Tournament of Song, held at Tennants on Friday, April 1, as well as their summer concert which will also be held the Garden Rooms at Tennants on Sunday, June 12 at 3pm.

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