Rhapsody in Blue Lights

St Mary's A Creative Space, Chester.

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A special night of music from the Emergency Services, with all proceeds being donated to the Mind Blue Light Programme!

Featuring:
Cheshire Fire Choir
Police Service of Northern Ireland Ladies Choir
NHS Countess Choir 

Cheshire Fire Choir

Musical Director: Benjamin Hamilton
Accompanist: Wendy Nugent

Cheshire Fire Choir was brought to life in 2013 by Gareth Malone for the hit BBC Two series, ‘The Choir: Sing while you Work’. Over the course of the series, they regularly thrilled and moved TV audiences, making it all the way to the series final. Since then, the journey the choir has gone on has been even more remarkable. Ably supported by their virtuoso pianist, Wendy Nugent, and under the expert guidance, initially, of Musical Director Ruairi Edwards and now under the baton of Benjamin Hamilton, the choir has wowed audiences across the UK and abroad.

In February 2016, 22 members of the choir achieved a long-held ambition and took a trip to New York to perform Bruce Springsteen's ‘The Rising’ at the Ground Zero Memorial Plaza, in tribute to the 343 firefighters who died in the attacks on the twin towers. The song tells the story of a firefighter who is inside one of the towers on that fateful day and realises he isn’t going to survive.

Whilst in New York, the choir were hugely honoured to be asked by celebrated Welsh composer Paul Mealor (one of the judges on the TV series) to join a massed choir from all over the world at Carnegie Hall for a performance of Mealor’s, ‘Stabat Mater’. The sell-out concert received a standing ovation and rave reviews.

Returning to the UK, in July 2016 the choir recorded The Rising and released it as their debut single to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity, following this up with their first headline fundraiser concert, “Cheshire Fire Choir and Friends”, at Parr Hall in Warrington. Over £3000 was raised for the charity.

2017 was another packed year, with the choir making their debut at The International Eisteddfod music festival in Llangollen, supporting the Knutsford Heritage Festival and performing at the EVA Business Awards in Blackpool. The choir was also honoured to represent Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service at a medal ceremony for the Firefighters Memorial Trust, at Lambeth Palace in London, and to support Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service at their Atherstone-on-Stour memorial service, both events remembering firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Cheshire Fire Choir closed out a memorable year by performing with Leona Lewis and Tokio Myers on the ITV Christmas special, “A Night for the Emergency Services”.

PSNI Ladies Choir

Musical Director: Mrs Yvette Anderson MBE
Accompanist  Mr Donald Blair

The Police Service of Northern Ireland Ladies Choir, formerly the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Ladies Choir, was formed in 1976 and has continued without interruption since that date. Singing at various events throughout Northern Ireland, the choir has also participated in Music Festivals and Concerts in the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic and Denmark. The choir is made up from Serving Police Officers, Retired Regular Police Officers, Part Time Reserve Officers (serving and retired), Civilian Support Staff (serving and retired) and close family relatives. Their Motto is 'Singing for Pleasure'. 

NHS Countess Choir

All proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Mind Blue Light Programme.