Clitheroe choir festival hits the high notes

Coun. Pam Dowson, Mayor of Clitheroe, Coun. Stuart Carefoot and Sarah Rainford, Ribble Valley Mayor and Mayoress.
Coun. Pam Dowson, Mayor of Clitheroe, Coun. Stuart Carefoot and Sarah Rainford, Ribble Valley Mayor and Mayoress.
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The inaugural Clitheroe Festival of Choirs staged 18 concerts in eight venues and welcomed audiences of almost 1,000 people to the Ribble Valley last weekend.

The Festival’s thematic subtitle - "Festival of Peace" - tied in with the centenary commemoration of the First World War. The programme had the theme of commemoration close to its heart at many of the concert performances with choir groups from all over the North West invited to sing and share their music.

The festival launched at The Grand theatre on Friday night with a performance from its highly regarded choir, led by the festival’s artistic director Daniel Adams, and special guest octet Octameron.

Other highlights included the One Voice Community Choir (Preston), and Blackburn Peoples’ Choir, who performed on Sunday afternoon with all four of their choral groups combining to celebrate their own 20th year anniversary of music making.

The festival finale took place on Sunday in the evening light of Clitheroe Market when The Honour Choir performed a specially commissioned piece that they will also perform in Belgium later this month.

Choral singers from other choirs who performed throughout the weekend also contributed to this concert that encouraged plenty of audience participation.

Festival co-ordinator Geraldine Woodworth: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic weekend and gone better than we dared hope. It was lovely to see the community coming together to sing and share their music, and we attracted lots of new visitors to the venues that hosted the concerts. “

“A big thank you to everyone who helped at the venues, the volunteers, all the performers, and the audiences for being such fun. We’re already looking forward to the next time!”