Christmas Magic in Leeds

 

Fresh from the success of the Sing for Heroes concert, Leeds Male Voice Choir are set to perform an intimate concert of Christmas favourites in the stunning Holy Trinity Church in the heart of the city on Saturday 14 December.

In July this year, Will Prideaux appealed for volunteers to take part in a charity concert. Taking group of men from all walks of life, with varying degrees of singing experience, and turning them into a choir in just 12 weeks was a big challenge – but one that Will Prideaux passed with flying colours.

Will wanted a group of enthusiastic chaps who were willing to put in the hours and raise money for a good cause at the same time. Will says “Leeds’s men did the city proud, there we had more than 110 inquiries about Sing for Heroes, and we ended up with a choir of 60, with guys ranging from 19 to 89 singing in the Town Hall in October.”

As well as thrilling the audience, the concert aimed to raise vital money for Help For Heroes. The final figures are still being calculated, but Will is hoping they have raised more than £3,000 for the charity.

Many of the men have been so enthused by the experience that they are keen to continue singing with Leeds Male Voice Choir and are currently rehearsing for a Christmas concert on Saturday 14 December in Holy Trinity Church in the City Centre.

Will explains “Spirits were so high after the concert; the men couldn’t stop themselves from continuing to sing when they went for a celebratory drink in the pub afterwards. I could hear the choir as I walked over the road.”

“It was absolutely mind-blowing. The intensity of emotion is what music does to you, especially when you’re in a situation like that in a packed concert with people standing up to applaud you. It’s overwhelming, in a good way.” Says Will.

Will believes the project has also begun to change perceptions of male voice choir singing. “It’s shown a whole cross – section of men the buzz that people get from performing,” he says. “But it’s more than just a musical organisation; it gives men an outlet, a cause, something to work together on,”

Of the 60 men who took part as the Sing for Heroes Choir, 40 have gone on to join Leeds Male Voice Choir.

Will says “We started rehearsing for our Christmas concert almost straight away and the on-going enthusiasm has been fantastic. The guys are really getting into the festive spirit and we have a mixture of carols, popular Christmas songs and festive favourites. It’s going to be a great evening in a fantastic city centre setting”.

The Christmas Magic concert takes place on Saturday 14 December at 7.30 at Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane in Leeds and tickets are available via www.leedsmalevoicechoir.ticketsource.co.uk 

 

For further details contact Robert Butler on 07810 402471

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