The choir and its friends held a rare Sunday afternoon concert of Christmas music on December 8th. There was “something for everyone” from Christmas evergreens to carols, stories and readings.  Also involved were local soprano Rachel Reynolds and musical comedienne Brenda Harper as well as choir accompanist Chris Welch. It was the first time the choir had held a Sunday afternoon concert . It was hoped the daytime event would prove popular with families and older people. The concert was also the first under new Musical Director Vivien Wilcock. The choir’s accompanist since it was founded, she was selected as MD recently from several candidates. Vivien was with Durham Police Male Voice Choir for eight years. She said “I am looking forward to extending my work with this friendly choir and to enhancing its repertoire and musical reputation”.



The choir sang in Pickering December 8th with Ryedale Choral Union. It was also among the local groups taking part in a benefit concert for Ryedale Special Families in the Malton Milton Rooms on December 15th. The group is now growing after changing its weekly practice night to Monday earlier this year. It is also becoming increasingly popular for local weddings – the latest of them in Settrington in August. Bride and groom Erin and Ben Stephenson said: “You made our wedding service so very special”. The choir has already sung in wedding services and receptions in Kirkbymoorside and Burythorpe.


In May the choir reported new members just in time for a busy summer singing schedule after changing its weekly practice day. It moved the weekly practice to Monday from Friday – its practice night since 2007. Choir Secretary David Ackroyd said the choir, which has scores of concerts and charity appearances under its belt, “is now well-established with a solid singing nucleus and will survive a weekly practice switch. It has been encouraging how many people have welcomed the change”, he added. The choir opened its summer schedule on July 1st with a concert in South Cliff Methodist Church and was in concert at Queen Street Methodist Church on July 31st. “We’ve performed at South Cliff several times in the past, but this will be our first concert at Queen Street. said David Ackroyd. “We are looking forward to being back by the sea again”.


The choir’s sixth Annual Concert was held for the first time in St Peter’s Church Norton on May 18th. The guest soloist was operatic mezzo-soprano and multi-talented female performer Jacqueline Edwards. She was the latest in a line of classical singers who have delighted local audiences at choir concerts in recent years. The choir’s own repertoire this year ranged from classic male voice evergreens to part arrangements of popular songs. Jacqueline Edwards was the latest in a line of eminent classical performers to sing with the choir. Last year’s soloist was Kate McCarney from the Royal Opera Covent Garden and other guests included oratoria singer Wendy Goodson and Ryedale Festival soprano Emily Smith. Because of the poor audience turnout at the latest concert and the high cost of venue and guest singers, the choir decided to suspend annual concerts.