The Lichfield Festival Chorus, a group of amateur singers aged from eight to 80 and established for the first time last year, is looking for new recruits.

The chorus is taking the Gospel road for 2009, led by the choir Black Voices under the direction of Carol Pemberton, and will sing at a prestigious concert on Tuesday 14 July as part of the this year’s Lichfield Festival.

Carol said:

“If you enjoy singing, Black Voices would love to welcome you to be a part of the Festival Chorus 2009. We will cover a broad range of songs, including some new compositions, from the oral traditions of Africa to contemporary English folk. Prepare to be challenged and inspired, but above all to have fun. All are welcome, irrespective of age and ability.”

For the 2008 Lichfield Festival the specially formed Chorus sang The Traveller, a new work by Alec Roth and Vikram Seth, and received a four-star review from The Guardian.

Rehearsals start on Saturday 16 May and will be on alternate Tuesday evenings at a Lichfield venue still to be announced.

Gospel Night, with Black Voices and the Lichfield Festival Chorus under the direction of Carol Pemberton, is in Lichfield Cathedral at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14 July. Tickets are from £5 up to £20, and Chorus members will be able to take advantage of a special ticket offer. Public booking is now open.

If you are interested in being considered for the chorus contact the Lichfield Festival office in one of the following ways:

  • Email with your name, age, singing experience, contact details (including telephone number), and whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or baritone. Please put Festival Chorus in the subject line of the email.
  • Telephone 01543 306270 Monday to Thursday, 9.30am-5.30pm, with the same information. Out of hours, leave a message on this same number.

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