Choir singing for votes

YOUR votes are needed to help the award-winning Bestwood Male Voice Choir book their place to perform on the same bill as the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir, of South Africa.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto ensemble will take centre stage at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham a week on Sunday (October 2).

Now the Bestwood singers, who are based in Bestwood Village, and BeVox, of Brierley, South Yorkshire, are competing to be part of the event.

Only one will be chosen, so public support is crucial.

To vote, log on at www.trch.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15348. Voting closes at 12 midday today (Friday).

Regardless of whether Bestwood are chosen for the concert, preparations are continuing for their annual gala performance at the Albert Hall in Nottingham on Sunday October 9.

At the helm for the show will be musical director Mirek Rus. The line-up will include internationally-acclaimed singer Sarah Simmonds and exciting young concert pianist Martin Jacoby.

The choir, who were formed 59 years ago, will celebrate their diamond jubilee in 2012.

One of their founder members, 93-year-old Bill Pilkington, will proudly take his place on the front row of the bass section at the gala event.

Traditional and modern songs will combine in a repertoire that will include a haunting folk-song, arranged by local composer Michael Neaum, and another piece arranged by Alwyn Humphreys.

The long-standing choir are currently dreaming up ways of celebrating their landmark anniversary next year.