Choir launched at Palace

St Annes Palace, Garden Street
St Annes Palace, Garden Street
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  • New singers wanted
  • No experience necessary
  • People’s Palace is new community hub
  • A former cinema, theatre, and home to the Freemasons

Calling all singers – whatever your experience!

A new choir is being set up as part of the community offering at St Annes’ Palace and participants are wanted to take part.

Rehearsals begin on Tuesday at the Palace in Garden Street and anyone interested is asked to go along.

The choir, to be known as the St Annes Palace Community Choir, will be under the direction of Gill Riley, an experienced musician who has recently moved to St Annes from York.

She said: “We would welcome as many people as possible at this first rehearsal and no auditions are required – just come along and enjoy the experience!”

St Annes Palace, a former cinema and theatre which has been owned by Lytham St Annes Freemasons since the late 1950s, has recently been opened to the public as a community hub, with a variety of rooms being made available for meetings of various groups as well as functions.

The Masons aim to site a community information centre in the entrance to the market, which is also part of the Palace building, and spokesman John Burgess said he was delighted that a choir is to be formed as part of the community offering. “It’s a great idea and I hope it will prove popular,” he said.

More details about the choir are available from Gill on 07917 711247 or by emailing