Choir ready to honour their founder

Bestwood Male Voice Choir pictured at Hucknall Parish Church
Bestwood Male Voice Choir pictured at Hucknall Parish Church

THE annual concert by Bestwood Male Voice Choir in memory of its founder will be held at the usual venue — Watnall Road Baptist Church — on Saturday Janury 26, starting at 7.30 pm.

The Len Hogg Tribute Concert has become an eagerly-awaited event on the choir’s calendar, regularly attracting large audiences.

Mr Hogg, who died in 2005, launched the choir in 1952, at which time he was manager of the former Bestwood Colliery.

The choir, now in its 60th year, went on to achieve an international reputation and has given charity fundraising performances in Germany, Holland, Malta and Poland.

Proceeds of the concert will be split between the choir and funds of the church. Tickets are available from David Riley on 01623 484091 or davidriley359@yahoo.co.uk

During its Diamond Jubilee Year in 2012, the choir donated proceeds totalling £1,500 from its sell-out gala concert at Nottingham Albert Hall to Maggies Nottingham, which celebrated its first anniversary in November. Also taking part in the concert guest, will be choir BeVox and organist David Butterworth.

Maggies, which is located at the City Hospital, helps anyone affected by cancer, sufferers and carers alike, by providing widespread support at every stage of a person’s illness. Choir representatives visited Maggies to hand over the cheque.

Other activities during a busy year for the choir included a concert jointly with the Greasley Singers to support the Royal British Legion.

In October, three members of the choir attended the centenary celebrations of the Arion Choir in Poznan, Poland, with which it has formed a close liaison.

n OUR PHOTOS show the choir in action and Mr Hogg (inset).