Sing for Cransley choir competition in Kettering raises thousands of pounds

All the choirs on stage at the end of this year's Sing for Cransley

All the choirs on stage at the end of this year's Sing for Cransley

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Four brave choirs raised the roof – and plenty of money – at the second Sing for Cransley competition in Kettering.

The choirs, all made up of people who have never sung together before and put together specifically for the competition, took to the Salvation Army Citadel stage on Saturday, October 10.

The evening’s entertainment was started by last year’s winners, Different Direction, who sang Every Time I Feel the Spirit and Bond theme Skyfall, before the first of this year’s competitors took centre stage.

Arabica Flavours, made up of volunteers at Cransley Hospice’s coffee shop in Kettering and the next-door clothes shop, sang The Rhythym of Life and Something Inside So Strong.

The choir from Slimming World, Slim Out Sister, were next on and sang I Will Follow Him and Who Will Buy from the musical Oliver.

The singers from Igloo Books, Sywell, called Paperback Harmony, performed Africa and O Happy Day, while the final act of the night, Asda Italianos from the town’s superstore, brought smiles to people’s faces with their versions of That’s Amore and Mambo Italiano.

Another choir who performed at last year’s event, the Cransley Hospice Community Choir, then entertained with Rule the World and New York, New York, before all the night’s singers got together for a massed choir medley of Abba songs.

Paperback Harmony won both the audience vote and that of the three judges – Nigel Adair, Joshua Daniel and Margaret Walker – with organisers hoping to match last year’s fundraising total of £5,000.

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