Charity choir hits all the right notes

Cath Anderton on the piano with the youth choir preparing for the TV appearance.
Cath Anderton on the piano with the youth choir preparing for the TV appearance.
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SINGERS are warming their vocal chords ahead of their TV debut, performing as part of Children In Need’s North West choir.

The group from Blackpool Music Service have been raising the roof during practices at their base on Cherry Tree Road, Marton.

The choir of 30 youngsters was chosen to perform at BBC’s Media City, in Salford, on Friday, November 16 as part of the big event.

Kath Anderton, music co-ordinator at Blackpool Music Service, said: “Practices have been going incredibly well. We’re getting very excited now, it’s only just starting to sink in, the scale of what we’re doing.”

The Music Service brought together the singers after inviting pupils from primary and high schools across Blackpool to get involved.

Having been chosen to represent the resort just five weeks ago the choir members have been putting in extra hours at home with help from a sing-a-long DVD made specially, including tips from legendary vocalist Aled Jones.

Mrs Anderton added: “The group has come together very well, this is the first time many of them have sang together.

“Choral singing is really hard, you rely on people to pull together and they’ve done that very well.”

The group was chosen through the service’s links with music charity, Chant.

They will join 70 other singers from schools across the North West in the regional choir, and will make up a national choir of 2,500 children and teenagers

With just one more practice in store before the big night, Mrs Anderton said the youngsters are getting excited.

She added: “I’m not sure the children fully appreciate just how many people will be watching on the night but they’re certainly excited.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for them.”

The choir hopes to continue performing both in the Music Service’s productions and at events across Blackpool.

Mrs Anderton added: “The Children in Need choir has reinvigorated our youth choir so we’re hoping they’ll go on to perform in more events.”

The group will appear on BBC One’s North West Tonight on the Friday evening, and later on the Children In Need coverage at around 8.30pm that night.

What are YOU doing for Children in Need? Contact Katie Upton on (01253) 361726 or e-mail