Historic choir in historic setting

Colne Orpheus Glee Union male voice choir will sing at Whalley Abbey, July 31st
Colne Orpheus Glee Union male voice choir will sing at Whalley Abbey, July 31st
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The stunning setting of Whalley Abbey is the latest venue for the next event in the inaugural Ribble Valley Music Festival.

Quality performances of a wide range of live music and song has become the trademark of the festival and the next event, at the conference centre at 7-30 pm on Friday July 31st, is no exception.

The historic surroundings of the Abbey will come alive with music when the Colne Orpheus Glee Union male voice choir, conducted by Matthew Leedam, will perform a wide repertoire ranging from stage and film musicals to sacred music and male voice favourites, interspersed with solo items by choir members.

The 30-strong choir is thought to be England’s longest established male voice choir, established in 1886 as a Methodist church men’s concert party.

The choir’s history includes festival triumphs and singing for royalty at Colne three times, and in recent years they have embarked on singing tours to Germany, France, Ireland and Malta, with a trip to Scotland planned for September.

As with all other events in the festival, all proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the venue. Tickets for this event at Whalley Abbey are £8 and there is no booking fee. They can be obtained from the Abbey reception between 9 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday or call 01254 828400 or 01254 384893. There will be a pay bar.