Choir chosen to sing for the Queen

BESTWOOD Male Voice Choir will be given the honour of singing for the Queen when both they and the reigning monarch celebrate special 60th anniversaries next month.

The choir, who are based in Bestwood Village, were founded by the late Len Hogg in 1952. It was the same year Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen after the death of her father, King George VI.

The Queen will visit Nottingham on Wednesday June 13 at a venue to be announced — and the choir have been chosen to perform for her.

What’s more, they have also recorded the National Anthem for a special radio programme in honour of their diamond jubilee coinciding with that of the Queen.

The choir have been chosen for a BBC Radio 2 programme, entitled ‘We Are Sixty’.

The programme’s producer, Andy West, travelled up from London to record the choir at the Central Methodist Church in Hucknall. The music will be used as a finale to the show when it is broadcast on Sunday June 3 during the extended Bank Holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Other events planned by the choir to mark their own anniversary include a ‘Diamond Jubilee Spring Concert’ at Ravenshead Village Hall this Sunday.

Celebrations conclude with the ‘Gala Diamond Anniversary Concert’ at the Albert Hall in Nottingham, scheduled for Sunday September 23.