Corby choir contest given chorus of approval

At the inaugural concert Vicki-Louise and Brendan Coyle and members of the Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir
At the inaugural concert Vicki-Louise and Brendan Coyle and members of the Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir

A new singing competition for choirs composed of amateurs has been launched by the organisers of Singing for Lakelands.

The ‘Sing While You Work’ choir event will take place on Sunday, July 5, at the Best Western Hotel in Corby from 2.30pm until 6pm.

It is hoped that the tuneful contest will inspire groups of singers to raise the roof and funds for the Lakelands Hospice with their performances.

Entries are being welcomed from companies, social or sports clubs or any group of work friends keen to take to the stage and sing out loud.

Choirs can be as small as a quartet up to the maximum size of 15 who will be teamed up with a singing mentor to whip their tonsils into shape.

On the day each choir will perform two songs of their choice, the winners will be decided by a panel of experienced judges who will be awarding marks for technical achievement, musicality and performance.

Singing for Lakelands was started by teenage singing sensation Vicki-Louise Sherwin, 13, from Corby who was inspired to fundraise in memory of her grandmother Margaret Harvey.

Joined by fellow prize winning singer Charlie Botting, 15, the pair teamed up to organise two further concerts and have raised £3,500.

Their first concert took place in October 2014 and was attended by Downton Abbey star and Lakelands Hospice patron Brendan Coyle.

This time special guests Classical Reflection, who recently featured on BBC One’s The Voice, are making a guest appearance.

As well as solo singer Finlay Connor, other acts include local choirs Hawthorn Community Primary School from Kettering, Rushton Primary School and the Central Co-op Corby Choir.

Having the groups of singers showing off their talents inspired the new fundraising venture for their summer Sing While You Work they hope to reach £5,000 this weekend which will take them half-way towards their end-of-year target of £10,000.

Vicki-Louise’s mum Katie Sherwin said: “The message we want to get out is that we want everyone who can sing to sing for Lakelands.”

Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlow said: “We are really looking forward to this event, the singing for Lakelands series of events, inspired and organized by Vicki-Louise Sherwin along with her friends and family, has been amazing to be a part of and it would be a fitting legacy to their efforts if this event is successful enough to become an annual occurrence.”

For more details or to apply for an application pack call the fundraising team on 01536 747755.