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Association of Male Voice Choirs annual concert to be held in Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral is set to play host to The English Association of Male Voice Choirs Annual Charity Concert.

The concert, which on previous occasions has been held in venues such as Pershore Abbey, Cheltenham Town Hall, Tewkesbury Abbey and Birmingham Town Hall, will be a massed male voice choir event with almost 300 choristers representing nine member choirs from Birmingham, The Black Country, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

Guest soloists will be Wolverhampton-born soprano, Helen Withers, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, whose international solo singing career has included performances at Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, plus local concert organist, Jean Martyn from Brewood, who is a graduate of Trinity College of Music, and whose fingers move with ease across the keyboards of grand pianos, cathedral organs and Wurlitzer organs, and who has appeared with James Last.

The compère for the evening is BBC Midlands Today’s Michael Collie, who is a Vice-President of the Dudley-based Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir (who are the host choir for this event) and whose grandfather was once the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral.

Funds raised at this year’s concert will be donated to the Lichfield Cathedral Restoration Fund.

Tickets for the concert – which takes place on June 20 at 7.15pm – are priced at £12.00 and £8.00 (restricted view) – all seating is unreserved – and can be obtained from the Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir Ticket Hotline on 01384 838863 or the Cathedral Bookshop on 01543 306150.

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