Choir sings with debut year joy...

Lytham Community Choir at the Open To All concert, St Joseph's RC Church, Ansdell.
Lytham Community Choir at the Open To All concert, St Joseph's RC Church, Ansdell.

LYTHAM Community Choir is looking forward to consolidating its overwhelming success as it shapes up for its first birthday.

The choir, which started with an initial get-together in a hall at St Bede’s High School in late January last year, has got off to a sensational start, with more than 300 people signed up, making it one of the largest community choirs in the country.

Under the direction of musical director Graham Warrington, assisted by Andrew Barnet, and featuring singers of all ages, the choir has already sung during the Open Golf, welcomed the Olympic Torch to town and appeared on the same Lytham Proms bill as Alfie Boe as well as performing on the stage of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.

“It has been an incredible year,” said Cath Powell, who sings in the choir after helping to found it as a development of her work with the Park View 4U community recreation area.

“We knew from that first rehearsal that the choir was a popular concept but I don’t think anyone could ever have imagined just how eventful this first year would be.

“Of course it has been an exceptional 12 months in every way, with the Olympic torch coming to town and the Open Golf being staged locally as well as it being the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year.

“It has been a very busy start for us and everyone has enjoyed it.

“It is wonderful how quickly the choir has established itself and we look forward to another successful year and many more to come as a key feature of the town – but perhaps not quite so busy as it has been in this opening spell.”