21st Mar, 2019

Choirs at the Palace ready to raise the roof with a night of uplifting songs

Ross Crawford 22nd Feb, 2019

THERE’S a feast of brilliant music coming to Redditch for this year’s edition of the Choirs at the Palace celebration.

Four top choirs – Redditch Rock Choir, Arrow Vale singers, Anthem Voices and All Round Voices will be taking to the stage at the town’s gem of a theatre on Saturday, March 2.

Tickets are just £14 and this year the concert night will be raising money for the Smile for Joel Charity.

All Round Voices are just that – they come from all round the Redditch area with members from Studley, Feckenham and Bromsgrove.

It’s a community choir that started ten years ago and has gone from strength to strength in the process raising buckets of money for charity in the process.

Listen out for a varied repertoire with songs from the Twenties sitting happily by up to date ones and everything in between.

They’ve received national recognition too after being chosen by award winning film music composer Phil Mountford to perform and record the specially commissioned piece ‘The Suite of the Fallen Soldier’ which was performed in Feckenham Church to massive acclaim.

Anthem Voices are the wildcard in the concert.

Hailing from Wednesfield in Wolverhampton it was only established in 2016 but polished performances are their forte, not only that but they’ve an educational wing too helping to train youngsters in the wonderful world of singing.

Expect anything from Motown to Swing to Adele and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man from this spectacular choir whose members, when they’re not singing for charity are taking part in it having tackled the Race for Life and raised more than £1,000 for Birmingham Childrens Hospital.

Arrow Vale Singers are no strangers to the Palace Theatre stage and it’s no surprise, with a range of songs within their compass stretching from choral to spiritual, operetta, to the musicals, it’s all there.

Now 50-strong, the choir grew out of the West Mercia Police choir after it merged with other local groups 40 years ago.

Their outlook is that there’s nothing better than singing to get out and socialise and to have fun and as a result choir members are busy having a great time with their ‘Cake-Off’ competitions reach legendary status.

Redditch Rock Choir need no introduction; with more than 28,000 members nationwide, the Redditch branch was started in 2012 under local musician Christa Hugo.

They’ve performed at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the world famous Abbey Road Studios, home of The Beatles and on the Edinburgh Fringe.

They’ve also sang alongside some big names in the music business such as Toyah Wilcox, Kiki Dee and Chesney Hawkes.

It all promises to be a great night.

The evening starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the box office in person or on 01527 65203 or online at www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk .

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