Choir’s star patron

Blackpool Male Voice Choir
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Fleetwood’s international star tenor Alfie Boe has become a patron of Blackpool Male Voice Choir .

The announcement comes just in time for the choir’s concert in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood on Friday, June 1, when they will be joined by the Guardian Concert Band.

The programme will contain many traditional and well known pieces of music and will culminate in a Last Night of the Proms type celebration.

Although Alfie cannot be at the event himself due to special appearances in the south of England during the weekend of the concert, including a special guest appearances at Buckingham Palace in front of Her Majesty The Queen, Alfie’s family have accepted an invitation to attend the Marine Hall.

“I am delighted that Alfie has joined Blackpool Male Voice Choir as our patron and I look forward to his association with the choir for many years to come,” said Colin Noble, the choir’s musical director. “I have followed his rise to stardom and have seen him perform at several concerts, including the London Coliseum, the Queens Theatre and the Royal Albert Hall.

“I was also privileged to be present at the defining moment when his career took off big time, at the O2 Arena for the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables. His performance was magnificent, 20,000 people gave him a standing ovation that seemed to go on for ever.”

He added: “Having Alfie as our patron is a dream come true.

“We appreciate that we have to share him with all his fans world-wide and that his diary is full to bursting, but he has promised to support us whenever he can.

“So you never know, he may appear at any of our concerts!

“Several of the choir come from Fleetwood and know Alfie and his family well. They have followed his rise to fame with admiration and pride, and are looking forward to renewing their friendship.”

The Blackpool Male Voice Choir was formed in 1923 at Raikes Parade Methodist Church, evolving out of a group known as the Blackpool Choristers.

The choir now rehearses at Springfield Methodist Church in Bispham and performs as far away as North Wales, Cumbria, Manchester and London.

This year it will be participating in the Festival of Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall on November 3.

A week later, on November 9, it will be in concert at the Marine Hall Fleetwood performing the same programme as at the Royal Albert Hall. On both occasions the locally based ladies’ choir, the Capricorn Singers will be joining them.

Alfie Boe grew up in Fleetwood as one in a family of nine children before his talent was recognised and his career took off. However his family roots are still in the port and he is still a regular visitor to the area.

Tickets for the June 1 Marine Hall concert are available either at the box office on (01253) 887693, via the website www.marinehall.co.uk or by contacting the choir either through their website or at bmvc@btinternet.com and are priced at £6.

The choir rehearses every Monday at 7pm. New members of all ages are welcome.