For decades Corby Male Voice Choir has been turning musical notes into fivers and tenners and this month it will have raised £250,000 for charity and good causes.
In January 1976 an advert was placed in the Evening Telegraph announcing a plan to form the choir.
Eighteen singers turned up to the first meeting in the then Strathclyde Hotel.
Today the choir is 50-strong, including four founder members.
One of them, Tom Love, said: “In the early days we made about £100 for charity from each concert.
“It’s amazing to think that this month the total will hit £250,000.”
Among the charities which have benefited are the British Legion, Help for Heroes, Lakelands Hospice in Corby, the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal and countless churches, village halls and community groups which have booked the choir for fundraising concerts.
Mr Love said: “There is something very special about Corby Male Voice Choir.
“There’s a real sense of camaraderie and fun and we have people from as far away as Nottingham and Lincolnshire, as well as from all over Northamptonshire, in our ranks.”
Two of the choir’s highlights were being invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall and at VE Day anniversary celebrations in Hyde Park in front of the Queen.
It has a repertoire of more than 200 songs and the latest, number 207, is Unchained Melody made famous by the Righteous Brothers.
Singers, including the three other founder members, Terry Sheen, Barney Thomas and Emrys Jones, rehearse at St Andrew’s Church of Scotland, Occupation Road, Corby, every Thursday, from 7.30pm until 9.45pm.
Mr Love said: “We would love to see new members and younger members. Anyone interested just has to come along.”
On Friday, March 22, at 7.30pm, the choir will give a concert at St James’ Church, Thrapston, in aid of the town branch of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Tickets are £5, including refreshments, and can be obtained by calling 01832 735206.
Tomorrow the choir will be performing at Geddington Village Hall in aid of its improvement fund and on March 18 at Oakham Castle in suppport of the Women’s Institute.